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This is a discussion on August 27 2016 Cleaning Day within the Stock forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; I decided to start at 150 grit. I cut my squares in the size shown, in this way I can get about 12 pieces out ...


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Old September 3rd, 2016, 02:52 PM   #16
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Now I can start sanding

I decided to start at 150 grit. I cut my squares in the size shown, in this way I can get about 12 pieces out of 1 sheet. If you use a block you will need bigger pieces. I do not use a block for sanding. The block inhibits my ability to feel the wood as it polishes, kind of like sitting on a phone book while driving over ice in your sportscar. I need to feel the tires making traction, same with my hand on the paper.

Sand with the grain, slow 4-5" strokes, feel the top grain slide off, paying attention to missed sections, including new sections until all is even and consistent.

If it looks like a fuzzy cheet-oh you are doing it right.







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Old September 3rd, 2016, 03:11 PM   #17
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I wanna oil something!!!!!

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After I clean stocks I wet them completely and look down into the grain and envision what they are going to look like. Everything from that point on is tempered by my urgent need to know if that initial vision is right or not. I must confess I really wanna rub them all down in oil and I have to get through the next process like a 12-stepping alcoholic that works in a Jack Daniels factory.

Work up to 400 grit vacuuming dust in between all grits. at 400 use a vacuum and a cheesecloth to get everything off of it, it should resemble the first 2 pictures. THEN....rub in the oil. I use a foam brush making sure I penetrate everything. At this point she will give up her secrets....this moment is yours, enjoy it.

After the piece is completely wet you can let it soak in or if you are overzealous like me, you can start the wet-sanding with 400 grit. let the dust/oil slurry build up on the surface (this will help close the pores) and let it sit out at least 24 hours and then remove completely before wet-sanding at 600 grit and beyond.



























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Fantastic work, and mighty good point about being able to feel what's going on with the sandpaper.

Question : do you do anything with stains?

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Fantastic work, and mighty good point about being able to feel what's going on with the sandpaper.

Question : do you do anything with stains?
Sometimes but not until much later in the process.

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You do nice work! Thank you for sharing your process! A lot of hours in this! If you don't mind me asking. What do you prefer for a satin finish on birch? I understand if you don't wish to answer.

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You do nice work! Thank you for sharing your process! A lot of hours in this! If you don't mind me asking. What do you prefer for a satin finish on birch? I understand if you don't wish to answer.
Of course, that's why we are all here, to help each other. But I do not understand the question.

What do you mean? What oil do I prefer? Process? Something else?

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Nice work Wade! Beautiful stuff!

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I should her been more clear. What would you use for a finish coat or many coats of what product for a satin finish on birch?

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I should her been more clear. What would you use for a finish coat or many coats of what product for a satin finish on birch?
Roger that, I use Starbrite teak oil exclusively, in the wood not on it. It will penetrate the birch and float out the shimmer.

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Old October 29th, 2016, 05:33 PM   #25
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Finally finishing some of these....

I am so far behind. This one is coming along nicely. Birch is so much easier to finish than Walnut. Twice as easy.





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Old October 30th, 2016, 06:26 AM   #26
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Thanks for posting your detailed refinishing steps, Doug. I'm following along with the birch stock that I got from you. Hope it turns out as well as yours do.

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Outstanding!

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The sweetest of eye candy, thanks for posting, there is nothing else like Wade's Wonderful Wood!

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Doug's refinishing threads keeps me in new phones
The drool is as effective in killing a old phone as dropping one in the toilet

Keep up the amazing work Doug

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