Check out this thread should give you lots of ideas.
Start sanding at 220 grit, and end up at say 600 grit, and it's ready for a satin or a high gloss finish.well walnut has been a very popular choice for gun stocks for a very long time now
I've had this unfinished walnut 10/22 stock for years...kinda afraid to do anything with it, as I might mess it up...and the flame in that grain is so pretty
maybe, if I had a nicely blued steel receiver and heavy tapered 20" barrel for it I'd get more motivated to work on it
sorry to say, but some time in the early to mid 90's (can't remember exactly) when Reinhart Fajen was going out of business, they were selling off the inventory cheapYeah man that deserves to have something done with it. That's way to pretty a piece of wood to have hidden. But I'm a wood snob for sure. Where do you find something like that? I might be interested in trying to do a build if I had something like that.
Yep. That's my kinda stuff there. Beautiful.sorry to say, but some time in the early to mid 90's (can't remember exactly) when Reinhart Fajen was going out of business, they were selling off the inventory cheap
I bought about a half dozen various 10/22 stocks...sold most of 'em off
here's a bad pic of a birdseye maple I kept
Just yanking your chain. I don't think I've made a stock from Myrtlewood, but it's hard to argue with how that looks. I tried to make some stocks for a 1911, or something, out of Tulipwood, the cream-colored rosewood with beautiful pink streaking. It was kind of like working hard soap. I recently made a balance bike for No. 5 grandson out of zebrawood, though, and I could see no reason it would not work on a gun stock...it seemed a bit heavy. I also had a screwbean mesquite blank I almost used for a stock but backed off. I think Weatherby used screwbean for its .378 and .460 rifles for a time. Birch and beech are very good woods but are usually characterless. Stocks have been made from most every kind of wood one can imagine, but I think the universal use of walnut, even in military rifles, speaks volumes.Methinks you are correct, TBR. However, I know that you are very knowledgeable about various woods for gunstocks, and I had not heard of using Myrtlewood for a stock until Mike Turner offered me the blank. So I was interested in your opinion. Evan Koch made the stock and he said it was the first time he had worked with it. He liked he way it worked and his checkering came out great.
He used Macassar Ebony for the buttplate and grip cap, as well as the escutcheon for the forward action screw. Evan does beautiful work!