This is a discussion on Refinished birch stock within the Pictures forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I got this stock off GB recently that in the pictures looked like it might come alive a bit with a good cleaning and some ...
I got this stock off GB recently that in the pictures looked like it might come alive a bit with a good cleaning and some elbow grease. I am fairly pleased with the amount of flame in the wood, though the butt area is pretty plain, but for $70 I can live with it. Looks good on my SAI std with newly installed SAI lugged suppressor.
Since no one has asked about my method I will volunteer. Stock was quite dark upon receipt as expected but the flame was visible. I used acetone and some strong cleanser to remove what finish was there and to clean the crud, then ran it in the shower with hot water. I let sit for a day, lightly sanded and added 3 coats of Tru Oil (one a day) buffing out the gloss between coats. I then buffed it off for the last time and wanting a bit more gloss I turned to a liquid car wax product. I smeared that on and buffed it off and this was the result. A bit unorthodox perhaps but I am happy with the end product.
Forgot to mention I did stain before the oil. I used a BEHR brand called Colonial Mahogany. Had it for years and used it on several stocks.
Last edited by WaM14gunner; December 13th, 2016 at 08:16 PM.