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To clean up the wood or not.

Discussion in 'Military Surplus Forum' started by GNut76, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. GNut76

    GNut76 Got Guns??

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    Jan 17, 2004
    Louisville, Kentucky
    I have an M1 that I'm thinking of cleaning up a bit with mineral spirits. Right now the stock has the Normandy look....ie very dark wood salty. It's a 42 reciever with a 52 barrell so it's seen real use. Has anyone done this and how are the results? I'm thinking this over in my head and would like some feedback.:supergrin:
     
  2. Faulkner

    Faulkner Patriot Millennium Member

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    Aug 21, 1999
    Arkansas Ozarks
    I've cleaned up dozens of M1 rifle and M1 carbine stocks. Life is too short to own a ugly gun. Here's some pictures of a carbine project I did back in the winter.

    Disassembled but before I stripped the old oil finish off.

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    The stock stripped down to the bare black walnut.

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    The metal parts going into my parts soaker for a overnight soak in mineral spirits.

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    The stock after it's first hand rubbed coat of Boiled Linseed Oil mixed with mineral spirits. If you don't cut the BLO it will take months to dry.

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    In between about half a dozen coats of BLO, I work on cleaning up the metal parts.

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    Finished project.

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    Last edited: May 8, 2010