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Old 01-03-2018, 02:11 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Two things for the record.
Item 1: The only thing I've found that will take off varnish that is somewhere between 30 and 85 years old, short of breaking out the orbital sander and risking altering the shape of the stock, is steel wool dipped in lacquer thinner. My bathroom stinks right now.

Thing B: The wood is different than whatever random piece my dad made the front grip out of, but one coat of that poly on the butt looks pretty darn close to two or three on the front.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:10 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I can't wait to see pics of this thing finished. I know the pain of looking for ancient shotgun parts, having searched for years for a replacement forgrip to a Montgomery & Wards Hercules 20gauge single shot.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:55 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Collector's value is one thing. If you want to get it firing just to show it off, do like dad did and grab a hunk of wood and a chisel. :P

I'd grab a couple pictures to show off the wood now, but my bathroom is white and it makes the balance in the camera terrible.
Of course I'll show it off as soon as it's done. Just waiting on a new bead sight (the one on the barrel became a cylinder somehow) and trigger guard (dad made one out of strip steel so he could shoot it with gloves) and like seven more coats of poly.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:38 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Aaaand I get complaints from people (not here, lovely MCBers!) about using poly on it.
If this application doesn't work, I'll figure out whatever the makers of high-end skeet guns use to finish theirs. I want that deeply polished, high-gloss look.
I actually would have preferred traditional methods over the poly, but the tinted poly did provide that look over the old finish. It just didn't stick. And they take so much longer.
I started digging up parts before Christmas in hopes of giving it back to dad then, I'd prefer to have to have it done before next Christmas.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:06 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Just rub in multiple layers of boiled linseed oil (BLO).

Hang the wood in a cabinet so it doesn't get stuff in the finish while it dries.

Lightly sand down the high spots between coats until you get all the pores filled.

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The problem being that the woods don't match. And I'd like it darker, and the wood is so aged I'm concerned about it not accepting.
But I'm waiting for another base coat of poly to dry on the butt. If this one doesn't, I'll have to strip it with chemical aid, to try and get it down bare and open it up again. Then go traditional with the oil.
Never heard complaints about BLO, if I can find it. What about tru-oil?
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True Oil is basically BLO with some solvent and another "proprietary" oil.

I find it's harder to use and is more sticky than BLO.
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Well, poly's been drying for a couple days. Going to put on a second coat, see how it looks, and then it's either another coat or two and polishing, or stripping it down again and finding some linseed oil.

Edit: Second coat on, hoping to leach out and help dry whatevever kept the couple spots just-short-of-dried.
It's surprisingly hard to get a good picture of shiny wood.
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You may need to step away from it for a few days to let the thicker runs fully dry.

Then you can come back and card them down before the next coat.
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Old 01-07-2018, 02:52 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Yeah, but it wasn't even the thick parts.
I stripped it down once after applying over the old finish on bad advice, and it dried nice and hard--as a completely separate layer that was more than happy to peel back off.
Hoping this draws out whatever left it feeling a little tacky, but I'm afraid if there was any invisible amount of old finish or missed mineral spirits left, it will make that worse.

On the plus side, if it works... right now it looks like that incredible hand-rubbed oil finish you find on high-end guns. Just not on the expensive woods. If this coat dries well, I'm only doing another to make sure the little pits from the pores fill in properly, then I'm polishing it and calling it good.
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