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Old January 26th, 2017, 09:42 AM   #1
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Bought it! Birch tiger stripe

I got a beautiful hunk of tiger stripe birch from Treeline yesterday. I used Orlando's suggested Purple power, and loved the results. I dried it overnight, and started marking the dings with chalk for steaming. Then I got a shock. It's got a crack. I looked it over very well before the de-greasing, and never noticed it. Emailed Randy@Treeline, and he responded almost instantly that another was on the way, but wanna cry?

Update 5pm MST 2/27:

Bought it for $50 off. I couldn't let it go. I kept looking at it, and it was killing me to send it back.
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Old January 26th, 2017, 09:45 AM   #2
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That would be an easy fix, a little Titebond III and a clamp, it will be as good as new.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 09:53 AM   #3
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That's a bummer, but at least he's making it right.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 09:57 AM   #4
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That's a bummer, but at least he's making it right.
Yep, instantly, and I do not blame him, either. Randy said it will go into his "too good to throw away" pile.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 10:03 AM   #5
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I'd say you are fortunate. If you buy something wooden and soak it in degreaser liquid and then dry it and find a crack there was probably no onus on the seller to replace it. Maybe you want to send them the shipping cost.

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I'd say you are fortunate. If you buy something wooden and soak it in degreaser liquid and then dry it and find a crack there was probably no onus on the seller to replace it. Maybe you want to send them the shipping cost.
From Treeline's web site:

I use a water soluble soy based stripper manufactured by Franmar on all of our stocks. It's available at Real Milk Paint Company or Land Ark (someday, I'll carry it in the store). I selected this product because it works, is generally non-toxic (both touch and vapor), does not harm the wood being refinished, is non-flammable/non-explosive and cleans up with warm water.

I paint on the stripper with a brush leaving a thick, uniform coat over the entire stock. You want to put it on far thicker than a coat of paint. Hang the stock over a drip pan and wait 1-2 hours for the stripper to do its thing. Wash the stock with warm (as hot as you can stand to work with) water with a little dishwashing detergent and a scrub sponge. Rinse it off thoroughly with more hot water and dry it with an old towel. Repeat this process. Most of our stocks take three round trips to get them where I like them

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Old January 26th, 2017, 10:18 AM   #7
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Thanks Rich, I'll save that technique in case I ever buy another refinishing project.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 10:29 AM   #8
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what crazy pattern on the butt! it is a crying shame.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 10:30 AM   #9
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Thanks Rich, I'll save that technique in case I ever buy another refinishing project.
I used Purple Power. It's less than $5/gal at Walmart in automotive. It's pretty mild as I did not use gloves. It's water soluble too, so I didn't see a problem. I sprayed it on full strength, and brushed it down with soft nylon brush. I saw it on a thread where Orlando explained it. I rinsed well in warm water with a final rinse with RO water, as my well water is hard.


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That is pretty much how I started out on mine, same process.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 01:09 PM   #11
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Tell randy I will give him 20$ for it and I will send him the funds and you can ship it to me.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 02:06 PM   #12
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Beautiful piece of wood. I was doing great right up until I got to photo #5. Now, not so good, I'm crying with you. I would consider seeing if they would allow you to try to repair it, or if they would do it for you. That is a tough piece of wood to let go of.

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You could have taken off the ferule and dribble some CA glue in the crack; The crack would be darker;; but would blend in with the Tiger.

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Randy's a good man to deal with.

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Old January 26th, 2017, 04:24 PM   #15
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That's a nice looking stock. I would have a tough time with a fixed crack on a new stock.
It sounds like you are being taken care of though.

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