Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New project underway

Woodworking time in the back yard. Pulled an old stock out of storage, sanded it down, and am in the process of giving it a dozen or so coats of boiled linseed oil.
I knew there was a reason that I kept all these nasty old stocks from a decade or so ago when they weren't worth twenty bucks each. They're scarce now, and worth a lot more. Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder.
Most of the metal that will grace this wood is on the way. The rest is already here in my spares bins. Gonna be nice when it's all together in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

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  1. Nice.

    It's good to be a hoarder when you hoard the right stuff.

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  2. You can cut the boiled linseed oil 50/50 with mineral spirits for a mix that penetrates the wood better and isn't quite so sticky after several coats have been applied.

    Be careful of how you store the rags, also - - boiled linseed oil rags can spontaneously combust.

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  3. There's a guy down your way who is a genius with stock restoration.

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    1. These are all old military stocks, none with any valuable markings on them. Steaming, sanding and linseed oil will have them back in issue-ready status in about a week or so each. And it's relaxing.

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  4. COOL!
    Good luck with that.

    gfa

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  5. Looking good. I am waiting to see the finished product.

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  6. Woo hoo! We made the mistake of selling all of ours back in the 1970s for $25-50 and thought we were in tall cotton... sigh

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  7. And I sold my 1969 Corvette T-Top Big-Block (427 4-speed) for $3500 in 1972 and thought I'd really pulled one over on the buyer.....

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  8. Is that an old Enfield stock?

    --AOA

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    1. M1 Garand. Got a barreled receiver coming. Going to build me up another one.

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