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What finish would you all suggest for a Walnut stock? Also any prep and application tips would be appreciated .

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You have options- in general the big three are a brushed on varnish (urethane) type, brushed on oil finish, and sprayed on lacquer. All three can work.

What are you going to be doing with the stock, how much woodworking experience do you have, and do you have an idea of how you want it to look?
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You have options- in general the big three are a brushed on varnish (urethane) type, brushed on oil finish, and sprayed on lacquer. All three can work.

What are you going to be doing with the stock, how much woodworking experience do you have, and do you have an idea of how you want it to look?
Its going to be a benchrest stock. My father is a cabinet maker so there is experience there just not with stocks.
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I'd probably go with a semi gloss lacquer finish then. Makes for a very hard finish that can still be repaired relatively easily. I prefer varnish/urethane if the stock is going to see field use but the BR environment is more forgiving.

Really important with a benchrest stock is making sure the tracking surfaces are all straight, flat, and true, plus that the inletting and bedding is all centered and level.
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Its going to be a benchrest stock. My father is a cabinet maker so there is experience there just not with stocks.

In my experience you have 2 nods for lacquer already. Lacquer, while not the toughest, is the hardest finish of the 3 that EK mentioned. Thus it would be a solid choice in the bags for friction free movement.
Also, your father should be able to help with the application, both in knowledge and equipment which makes it the easiest to apply.


If your stock has a lot of figure though, I personally have come to prefer a oil based finish as a all around finish in looks/performance.....aka oil/varnish.


Fair warning........Given the myriad of choices, not to mention the billions of recipes on the net, the oil/varnish thing can turn into a real rabbit hole chasing the 'perfect' product that appeals to you and your expectations.


Bottom line, I'd go with Lacquer for BR.
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Thats why I dont post much anymore. EK always says what I'm typing before I post it anyway.
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