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Forum topic by JeepGuy posted 12-02-2015 03:38 PM 565 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2015 03:38 PM

Hello everyone. I’m beginning to refinish this gun stock. It is for a Polish made rifle from 1969. Any idea what kind of wood this is? Are the vertical lines just a characteristic of this particular wood or would something cause these over time? Any way to remove them? Thank you!

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#1 posted 12-02-2015 03:43 PM

quarter sawn beech is my guess.

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 03:44 PM

european beech probably

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 04:19 PM

The vertical lines will have a contrasting color in light and give the wood a very appealing character. The stock was chosen with that type of wood in mind to show off its beauty.


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#4 posted 12-02-2015 05:09 PM

It looks like the lines are medullary rays in oak. Very common hard wood here in Europe.

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#5 posted 12-02-2015 05:14 PM

I got to vote for beech also.

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#6 posted 12-02-2015 07:04 PM

Another vote for beech. Quarter sawn beech is one of just a few species that displays medullary rays like that and the grain is wrong for oak. The wood is cut that way for strength, as well as to show off the beauty, as mahdee mentioned. Why would you want to remove them?

Beech also fits the manufacture location.

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#7 posted 12-02-2015 11:56 PM

Thanks for all of the replies. With the original finish it looked more like a flaw and I wasn’t so sure what the lines were. I got a new stain on it this evening and I like it much better than before. It will look really sharp once finished.

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#8 posted 12-03-2015 12:21 AM

Yes it will look great, can tell it is not oak, but not what it maybe, I will go with the others say that have more expertise then me, Beech.

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#9 posted 12-03-2015 12:50 AM

Definitely beech. If you have any old wooden planes have a closer look at the wood as they will probably be made of beech

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#10 posted 12-03-2015 01:39 AM

Another vote for beech, check the top or bottom and see if you find that type of wood grain with the small dimples:

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#11 posted 12-03-2015 02:40 AM

Any way to remove them?

Quarter sawn beech w/ medulary rays. Highly desirable I think, no way to remove them without destroying the entire piece.

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#12 posted 12-03-2015 01:44 PM

if anything you should finish it to highlight the rays.

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#13 posted 12-03-2015 02:47 PM

Refinishing is easy,
sand to 300 grit
purchase birchwood casey’s gunstock refinishing kit with walnut dye, true oil finish and stock sheen conditioner just follow the instructions

if you follow instructions exactly it works like it says on the box

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