Re: Rifle stock refinishing project
All wood finishes I am aware of penatrate. That is the point, to get a barrier between the wood and atmosphere. As a stockmaker, I get approached to 're-finish' alot of different models. Because you have to get to raw wood, so it will then have the same look and color as the rest, the checkering has to be re-cut, which nobody wants to pay for and I don't want to do. Factory checkering is just that, factory. Even those Belgium made A-5s, that are so coveted in this part of the country, had their checkering cut by students (any hand engraving, too!). After ya' get the 'crud' out, under good magnification, you'll find lines running together and over. Re-cutting factory checkering,,,,,,,, well, I'd rather start from scratch and I don't do that often enough to be good at it. But that's one of those things you run into when 're-finishing' factory made (and checkered) stocks.
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