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    ptthere
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    I'm in "winter project mode" right now. I am ALMOST done with a sythetic stock project, and soon starting the next. I will be having a beechwood stock sent to me in the next week or so, and I am looking for some ideas on different techniques for stripping the finish, and deciding what kind of stain to use. I am 90% settled on what kind of topcoat/finish that I may go with, but still a little open to other ideas.

    I've looked around this forum, YouTube, other places on the net. I've seen a few interesting posts of Joe Rhea's work, and it looks great. I've also seen a lot of back-and-forth in several other places on the net with arguments for different stains, different techniques, Tru-oil vs poly, stripping vs full sanding, etc.

    I should mention that the stock in question is a Crosman Nitro Venom beechwood stock… so I can only guess just how thin the original finish on it may be. For all I know, what lies beneath may look totally different. I've worked with oak, mahogany, walnut, etc. in the past, but this is my first time taking on a piece of beechwood. I'm open to suggestions, examples, tips, etc. Thanks in advance.

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    I stripped a Crosman Quest 1000X stock down recently the real man way…with 80 grit sandpaper…worked it down to 400 grit, stained it with dark walnut, used a couple of coats of Royal London Oil on it, came out very well.  Very oil school.  Nothing outstanding about the grain, obviously, but better than the OE varnish.  No, I don't have the technology to post a pic here, but if you're interested, OP, PM me with your cell number and/or email and I CAN do that!

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    I refinished the beech stock on my 34 last winter and tried a chemical stripper. I won't waste my time with it again, I'll just sand them from now on. My stock was very light with little character so I used a iron acetate solution and then a stain and a tung oil finish. The iron acetate solution turned it a grey color and the stain added some brown. I think it turned out pretty nice it's brown but in the right light it has a silver/grey cast to it. 

     

    This isn't a very good image, if the sun ever shines here again I'll try to get some better photos.

     

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    idoc
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    That's probably the best looking beech stain I've ever seen.

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    mikebeggs
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    TiredRooster
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    Sorry. I can't give you any ideas, because I haven't tried it yet myself. But this is something that I really want to do as well on my Beechwood D34. 

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    ptthere
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    I refinished the beech stock on my 34 last winter and tried a chemical stripper. I won't waste my time with it again, I'll just sand them from now on. My stock was very light with little character so I used a iron acetate solution and then a stain and a tung oil finish. The iron acetate solution turned it a grey color and the stain added some brown. I think it turned out pretty nice it's brown but in the right light it has a silver/grey cast to it. 

     

    This isn't a very good image, if the sun ever shines here again I'll try to get some better photos.

     

    I like the contrast in the finish on that, it looks good! Was tung oil the last thing that you did to it?

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    mikebeggs

    Wow! That is exactly the color and tone that I am looking for, with the green/brown colors popping in the wood. I am just hoping this stock has some grain to work with like that. What did you use for a top-coat?

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    ptthere, yes the tung oil was applied last, probably five or six coats. The last stock I did was for a FWB 300 and I used Minwax Wipe on Poly satin and like it better, they also make it in gloss. I prefer the satin though.

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    Wow! That is exactly the color and tone that I am looking for, with the green/brown colors popping in the wood. I am just hoping this stock has some grain to work with like that. What did you use for a top-coat?

    Just Tru Oil. 9 coats after its dry I usually just put 2-3 layers of wax over the stock…

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