17 Oak Lane
Burbank, WA. 99323
||I prefer to do hand rubbed oil finishes for my
clients. The oil I use is completely waterproof.
your choice, anything from low luster to high gloss. I
fill all my stocks with a
filler and 2 to 4 coats of sanded in oil finish to fill the pores of the
wood. By the time the
checkering is coated my stocks have 8 to
12 coats of finish.
||An important element of the refinishing process is
(color). 99% of stocks have stain on
them, it helps
match color from fore end to butt stock, and
is needed to enhance the wood's natural color. I
work hard at doing both with my stains in
order to match color from one end
of your gunstock to the other producing a wood finish that is the
color of choice.
The photo above is a Winchester Model
70. Getting the color just right is
important on Winchesters. This gun
has gone deer hunting
every year from 1949 until sometime in the 90's, and it was showing lots
to the left is a Wesley Richards that is discussed on our
page. The stock was broken in half last
year. Once the two halves where
epoxied back together, and the checkering
was re-cut, only the front half of the
stock was refinished. You can do
that with oil finishes and never see a difference.
I will have for you when we talk about
refinishing your gun are;
Color: What color do
you think you want your stock to be when
we are done, dark brown, light brown, reddish
brown etc. It
is best to go with the the natural
color of the wood, but sometimes the wood
needs a little help.
Gloss: This is a big
one. Try to tell me what degree of
shine you expect on your stock.
Butt Treatment: Refinish work usually
involves doing something to the butt plate,
recoil pad or length of pull. Think
about it, if it's a recoil pad you are
interested in, decide what color, whether
its smooth or sticky, white line or plain,
etc. I will have a dozen questions
on recoil pads.
Nothing but eye candy here,
two rifles that were cleaned
up with the stripper and
refinishing tools. The
upper gun required some glass
bedding in the post area, the
Mannlicher was built like the
inside of a watch, nothing to
do but add waterproof finish
to the untreated wood and
refinish the stock.
we got pads.
I do pads, including Silvers Pads. I also love to do checkered
butt stocks. See my Rates page for