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Project by AaronSKuehn posted 956 days ago 2561 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I did a few years ago. I picked up a Stevens Model 15-A .22 Caliber rifle at a gun show for $25. Beneath 50 years of dingy finish and abuse was some great grain.

-- Aaron





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Andy123

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#1 posted 956 days ago

Nice refinish. How did you do it?

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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AaronSKuehn

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#2 posted 956 days ago

@Andy123: Thanks! I removed all of the metal pieces first. Then I used a piece of wire to suspend the stock in the air. I used a gel stripper to remove the old finish. I used steel wool and mineral spirits to fully clean the wood. I ended up with a very, very light stain (I don’t remember what color it was). The final coat was Helmsman Spar Urethane. Now if it would only shoot as nicely as it looks (it doesn’t) :)

-- Aaron

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Don W

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#3 posted 956 days ago

Nice job. Some of the crap they put on those rifles was terrible. It was like peeling off cracked glass. It came out great. Was the original fore tip painted? I noticed it is gone. I’ve never seen one that wasn’t a different kind of wood.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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AaronSKuehn

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#4 posted 956 days ago

@Don: Thanks. Yes, the original tip was painted. And that was the hardest part to get off. The entire stock is one kind of wood…not sure what it is, though.

-- Aaron

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deerslayer_13

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#5 posted 956 days ago

Nice work, that is some pretty grain that was hiding under there all these years.

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Blake Thornton

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#6 posted 956 days ago

Wow… that’s it as soon as I get back from this business trip I’m stripping & refinishing my 70 year old .22

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 956 days ago

Turned out nice!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 955 days ago

Good save!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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MedicKen

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#9 posted 955 days ago

Glass bedding may help with the accuracy. Was the fore end painted or was it an ebony cap?

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AaronSKuehn

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#10 posted 955 days ago

@MedicKen: The cap was painted black—it’s all one piece of wood.

-- Aaron

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#11 posted 863 days ago

Try free floating the barrel. Loosen the retaining screws, slide a strip of sand paper down the channel, paper side against the barrel. Then pull the sandpaper like your buffing your boot. Do that till you can slide a piece of paper folded twice all the back to the action. Tighten the retaining screws till the action is properly seated. Check often with the folded paper.

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