11-08-2010, 04:39 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Panama City, Florida
Cyrano, have you refinished a 91/30 stock solo yet?
The above is some stained birch from an Internet ad for Walker Creek Furniture. This is really a BEAUTIFUL treatment of birch. If only I thought it was really easy for me to do. Guess I better contact Walter Creek Furniture and let them know that all their Internet advertising is paying off for them! I’m attempting to refinish my stock, using your oven-cleaner stripper. So far I’ve concentrated on the upper barrel stock piece, as I’m feeling my way through this. I want the yellow finish if possible, like so many of the Mosin carbines that you and Tman refinished. But after stripping only the upper stock part, I see that the result is a dingy gray color, and I fear that I need to perhaps go to some sort of lightning process before proceeding to a yellow stain. The point, I think, would be to turn the birch more “blond”.
By the way, in my reading I THINK that the light grey of so many 91/30’s is because of an infiltration of a bacteria while the birch was being stored: Here Biological control of sapwood staining fungi. From an .edu address, and I expect they will appreciate my mentioning them: http://forestpathology.cfans.umn.edu/biocontrol.htm Here from The Color of Materials: Wood. It is a .edu address, so I expect they will appreciate my mentioning them. http://research.the-bac.edu/color/wood/index.html
Thanks, Henry Wallace
Last edited by Henry22LR; 11-10-2010 at 07:48 AM.