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Old March 5th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #1
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Chemical that made articifical tiger stripe or "figure" in wood that had none

I have found a rough walnut stock that is supposed to be for an M1A and it requires what looks like a lot of fitting.

It is a thumbhole though, so I am wanting it.

It has no figure though...

Now something I remember...

I grew up in a town that had a pallet manufacturer and beside that a veneer plant.

For special veneer they'd used a chemical to add figure. All I remember is the old timers taking some home and figuring maple with it. My Ruger 44 carbine semi auto was figured with this chemical.

I cannot for the life of me remember what it is or was.

I remember it was extremely nasty and supposedly unstable to work with, but I have a box of USGI surplus Tyvek moon suits I use when painting cars.

Anyone have any idea what I'm talking about- it was not the ferric acid solution- it was something else.

Maybe my mind is gone at 35. I dunno.

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Some type of chromium ?


Hexivalent chromium ?

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Old March 5th, 2017, 06:21 PM   #3
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The muzzleloading crowd used a poisonous chemical
Chromium trioxide or some crap like that
Surely death in a bottle
There has to be a safer way

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I've got a Boyds laminate thumb hole stock for an M1 but I've never seen a thumb hole stock for an M14, Any chance you could share a picture of the stock?

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Old March 5th, 2017, 08:00 PM   #6
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I talked with my father about it, he used tar and unscented mineral oil. I'm redoing a stock now, it will be a while till I'm finished.

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Old March 5th, 2017, 10:05 PM   #7
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I did this with a safe chemical. Vinegar with a steel wool pad melted into it. It will not work on every type of wood. This is an Italian Terni and type of wood is a mystery. It should work on high Tannin wood such as Walnut but you have to try on a case by case basis. It never works on pine, sometimes on birch. There is also aqua fortis which I believe is dilluted nitric acid. There is also a powder form you can mix yourself. In both cases you need a torch to heat it. I have tried it but it never worked for me. The last 2 are examples I did with a torch.
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Old March 6th, 2017, 01:54 AM   #8
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The LeMan rifle company used to 'tiger stripe' trade rifle stocks with ink. No idea what kind.

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Old March 6th, 2017, 06:51 AM   #9
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Maybe dye it dark with an organic stain, and stripe it with bleach? This is a natural tiger stripe, and it looks like the stripes are lighter, to me. Is a zebra black with white stripes, or white with black stripes?
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A Propane torch can be used (with a light touch.

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Old March 6th, 2017, 11:05 AM   #11
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Look in the back of a Old Dixie Gun Works catalog I believe they have a recipe for Tiger striping wood

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Old March 6th, 2017, 11:48 AM   #12
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Many of the old formula's were intended to add figure to maple. When you change wood type the results often aren't the same.
Exposing leather or wood to iron and moisture will stain it dark. If it were me I'd try a test on oneshy1's method. Actually if it was me I'd leave the Art to the Artist's.
Good luck.

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