I was recently paging through a online auction site when I came upon a listing that caught my eye. Even though listed as a fiberglass M14 stock, I could see through the blurry photos that it was more than that. Way more...... I bought the stock, and when it arrived, this is what I was blessed with:
It was dirty, grimy and smelled like an old arsenal building (Nothing wrong with that!)
I started the process of bringing this beauty back to life by taking off the old finish and crud with acetone and fine steel wool. It worked wonders and revealed my good fortune.
Once dry, I started a gentle sanding working up to 320 grit. After another acetone wipe down and drying cycle, I began working Star Brite Teak Oil into the wood. The early results made me grin.
Over the next few days, I wet sanded more teak oil into the thirsty birch. When I was satisfied, I let it sit and cure. I finished the stock off with three coats of BriWax Teak furniture finish. After a buffing, the glory of this stock came to reality.
There is depth to the wood. It plays with your mind. The stripes move as you move around it. It is a chameleon. It has properties like Baltic Amber. It is hard to walk away from it.
I am not a professional woodworker, or even dabble in it as a hobby. I squeaked by in Junior High woodshop after mangling a simple cutting board project. This being said, any of you on this forum wanting to take on a stock project CAN DO IT! There are plenty of tried and true processes on this forum that will lead you to success. Get yourself a USGI stock and take the dive. It is a fun journey and the results will be satisfying for many years.