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1940's savage 22 stock refinish

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Project by Thomas berkey posted 41 days ago 422 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is a rifle stock from the 1940s made out of walnut…A guy seen some of my other stock work and wanted to know if I could refinish the stock that came on the rifle he learned how to shoot on. The last two pics are of the stock as I got it. it had water stains, oil stains, the finish was missing in places, and over all was just dirty. I striped it and sanded it to 220 grit then applied a coat of minwax rose wood gel stain. after it set and dried for a day I applied Danish oil to it with 2000 grit sand paper, wiped it off, and applied more. I did this about 10 times. After it set to dry I did two coats of wax and buffed it. the guy wanted a satin finish and said it would only be a show piece so I figured an oil finish like this would be a great choice.

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mmh

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#1 posted 41 days ago

An honorable revamp with TLC. Nice job.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Thomas berkey

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#2 posted 41 days ago

Thank you :) I love working on old firearms and bringing life back to them…he said he wife got it when his dad died and he dident know about it till he found it in the garage a few months later after the damage was done. im happy I could make it look like what he remembers it looking like as a kid.

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#3 posted 40 days ago

Good job but many times refinishing an old gun ruins the collector’s value. Don’t ask how I know.

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Thomas berkey

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#4 posted 40 days ago

thanks for your comment and yes im well aware of this since I mostly refinish old rifle stocks. The client wanted it restored since it was his fathers rifle and it was the same one he learned to shoot on as a kid. To him and most people being able to use your rifle, keep it nice looking, and the sense of nostalgia you get from it is more important than the cash value. an ugly gun that gives you no enjoyment is worth less to him than a good looking one that brings back memories of his childhood and his father.

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#5 posted 39 days ago

Well spoken, Thomas. Just sharing a thought.

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#6 posted 39 days ago

That’s a beautiful finish, Thomas.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 39 days ago

Sorry if I seemed snippy knothead. After I re read what I said I can see how it could of came across as a rude comment. I meant no offense :) and thank you helluvawreck

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