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Forum topic by dbarn posted 12-03-2011 11:19 PM 1231 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2011 11:19 PM

Your assistance is greatly appreciated on identifying the M1 Carbine Stock in the blog forum. Thank you.

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 11:53 PM

Chances are its walnut.

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 12:30 AM

looks like Paduak to me.

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 01:07 AM

Thanks for the replies so far, please keep them coming. During a perceived walnut shortage in WWII, it’s thought that some companies used alternate types of wood. Rock-Ola excelled in woodworking having made radio/juke box casings back in the day. They also produced a number of stocks for other prime contractor’s carbines.

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 01:17 AM

I would have suggested stained beech, which is used to this day as a less expensive alternative to walnut for rifle stocks, but your wood has open grain – ash, maybe? At any rate, I don’t think it’s likely to be padauk. I don’t think the circumstances were right for bringing expensive exotics from Africa to do high-volume production work like wartime .30 carbines.

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 01:22 AM

Looks like mahogany to me….In fact, I think it is mahogany, with it’s reddish colored grain…..Don’t believe it’s walnut, as my dad had a 30 cal. carbine, and the stock on it was mahogany…...

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 02:04 AM

At least one source states that padauk grows in Southern Florida. So it may have been available to Rock-Ola during this time? Not saying it is or isn’t which is the point of this thread and my extreme limit of expertise, but at least some of the characteristics seem to be there. Again, appreciated the replies.

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#7 posted 12-04-2011 03:26 PM

During WWII when most of the Walnut was going to gunstocks many church pews were made of stained Sweet Gum. Possibly the stock to which you refer is made of the same.

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#8 posted 12-04-2011 04:14 PM

Thanks again for the replies. Including the blog side, the majority of the responses are leaning toward mahogany. I’m thinking walnut, birch, and wild cherry can be ruled out. For those that are suggesting this selection, may I ask what are the characteristics that would lean this direction over others?

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#9 posted 12-04-2011 10:20 PM

As I have posted on the blog forum, one area of concern with the mahogany ID is that from what I’ve read, the grain is more of the closed/tight variety. The grain on this wood is very open. While the color of the wood has a patina that has darkened over the 60+ years from light, the slingwell shows orange/pink hues. Additionally where the wood has been scraped/scoffed has an orange color. Both of these characteristics appear to be present in mahogany and padauk.

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