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What you think guys. Should I let the customer have this one or work on it more. I'm happy with it but for some reason it just hasn't bounched my change pocket. What do ya'll think?
 
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BD, that looks very nice right there. Good grain definition and sharp checkering.
 
Just one observation, to the right of the palmgrip, is that a stain run?
 
 
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No it is bad lighting, it is a good even finish.
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That looks great.  
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Deliever it! Strive for excellenence, you have achieved that. Perfection is only for God. That looks great. Customer will be pleased. Ship it!
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Nice, very nice.
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It looks good to me.  I would be happy with it.
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THANKS!!! For some reason this one didn't catch my eye. So its good to get a few fresh set of eyes to have a look at it.
 
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It's hard to tell without actually looking at it in person, but it looks good to me!  If you want to ensure an even satin finish, you might try rubbing with a felt pad and some pumice or rottenstone, using linseed oil as a lubricant as your final finish step.  Then buff with a cotton t-shirt or other soft cotton material afterward.  This gives the wood a hand rubbed oil finish look.

Brownells sells a kit for this.  Give it a try on some scrap wood to get the feel for the technique, how much rottenstone to use on the pad, etc.
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=25693/Product/BROWNELLS_STOCK_RUBBING_KIT


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yeah I use 5 f's to take away the sheen and then a wax to seal the wood. Doing that way it lets you keep the luster of the wood with out having a build up. The lin-seed oil always leaves a build up after the wood stops pulling it inand is a PIA to fix at times. I have also found lin seed oil will sweat from time to time. I do use it but not much. That stock has 6 coats of hand rubbed tru oil and was buffed after each coat dried.
 
 
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In the technique I described above, the linseed oil is not actually left on the wood.  It is only used as a lubricant to keep the rottenstone powder moving, keep it from bunching up and digging in to the finish, and help it adhere to the felt pad.  You alternate between rubbing and wiping off the residue.  Then, when you follow up with buffing with the cotton cloth, it removes any remaining linseed oil and does a very subtle polish.

Rottenstone is similar to 5F compound, although I believe 5F is finer and polishes to a shinier finish.  You can use 5F and grit similar to it in place of rottenstone or pumice with the felt pad rubbing method.

Regardless, there are many ways to skin a cat, and it looks like you have a good method that works well for you.


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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

In the technique I described above, the linseed oil is not actually left on the wood.  It is only used as a lubricant to keep the rottenstone powder moving, keep it from bunching up and digging in to the finish, and help it adhere to the felt pad.  You alternate between rubbing and wiping off the residue.  Then, when you follow up with buffing with the cotton cloth, it removes any remaining linseed oil and does a very subtle polish.

Rottenstone is similar to 5F compound, although I believe 5F is finer and polishes to a shinier finish.  You can use 5F and grit similar to it in place of rottenstone or pumice with the felt pad rubbing method.

Regardless, there are many ways to skin a cat, and it looks like you have a good method that works well for you.
Thats true. Same method just different tools.
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Looks nice man.

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I like it brother.... Nice looking grain and even coloring. I am partial to darker stains, but that isn't for me. I think the customer will be pleased.
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That is dark walnut stain.
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I almost never stain stock wood, unless it is something like birch that I'm trying to make look like walnut, or a laminated stock.  If the stock is walnut, maple, or other high grade of stock wood, I think it's best not to stain it, and most custom stock makers don't use stain at all, only sealers and clear finishes.  Stains can hide some of the subtle grain contrast and fiddleback figure in the wood.

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Stain when done properly will accent the natural contours of the grain, and bring out the subtleties. Done wrong and it will ruin what you are attempting to do. The trick is to stain and wipe clean several times. never attempt to cut the corners in time by trying to get the color you want all at once.
I also really could not care one damned hoot what custom stock makers do. I know what I want to see, and if they don't sell it, I get it somewhere else. They take that into consideration just as guitar luthiers do, and they do stain to accent the burl on the wood they use.
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

What you think guys. Should I let the customer have this one or work on it more. I'm happy with it but for some reason it just hasn't bounched my change pocket. What do ya'll think?
 
 
I think it looks great!!   Did you checker that, too, Brandon???   
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Damn, BD that's a "work of art", I'd be afraid to take her out hunting!!! Big Smile
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Use the stock to beat that stuff back before attempting to go through it. Bucky
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Originally posted by Mike650 Mike650 wrote:

Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Use the stock to beat that stuff back before attempting to go through it. Bucky


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We don't have the cactus in Ed's pic but we do have the scrub oak that's behind it. You need more than the stock of a rifle if your foolish enough to try to go through the middle of it.  Yippee


Had to pull a deer out from stuff like that, after we couldn't track it from the other side. I drew the short straw that day. 

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" ..............the 'short straw'............"      Bucky  
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Yes Ed.... I drew the "short straw" God blessed me in other ways than "luck"
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