|Project by Jim55||posted 10-18-2012 11:10 AM||3004 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
Here is an antique shotgun stock I restored for a friend. The shotgun is an 1897 Winchester 16ga and has been my friends dove gun since time immemorial. Unfortunately it had to be stored and got caught in a flood.
I cleaned the stock. Opened up and plugged that huge crack and refinished the stock as shown. I did not try to make the wood look like new. That would have been dramatically out of place on this fine old gun. Neither did I try to exactly reconstruct it’s original finish. It’s value to my friend was not as an antique but, a working gun. But I did want to keep within the spirit of the old gun finish. What I did was finish it in a blend of blo blend (“boiled Linseed oil”), a very traditional gun finish but, unfortunately a high maintenance, low durability finish. My blend was adding a little “Tru-Oil” to the blo. By itself Tru-oil is a very durable finish but to me always made me think of a layer of plastic laying over the wood. To me, nothing beats the look of a hand rubbed oil finish. That stock is 12 coats.
Of course I did up the pump fore arms to match. My friend was very happy since he thought he was going to have to by or have a stock made. The results made me happy too.