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I am going to be refinishing the standard walnut stock (not checkered) on my Marlin 1895 and wanted to find out if you guys new of a technique that would give my stock a more exotic look?
 

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I just got through refinishing a walnut stock on my 39A. Not sure what you mean by exotic. I have a wood working shop so I finish and refinish stuff all the time but I don't do much exotic. I do like oil finishing which makes it look older and more luxurious. Explain what you are looking for and I will see if I can give you any tips.
 

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I really like seeing a stock that has allot of contrast in the grain. In a sense it would be like the look of the new laminate stocks. I have seen stocks where the grain seems to have a almost different hues and is very rich looking. I hope that helps.
 

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Buy better wood. ;D
Or at least different wood. ;D

If you want a laminate look, buy laminate. I'm not trying to be a jerk but that's really about what it comes down too. It gets that look by having several thin layers sanded down so you see the different layers. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting that look and you maybe you want to consider swapping your walnut for someone's laminate.

Walnut with just a nice oil-based finish has a beauty all it's own. Granted, there are a lot of varying degrees of figure out there but they all look classy when dressed simply. IMHO anyway.

Here's my 336SS stock with no stain and several coats of Tru Oil slightly buffed down for a more satin finish.

 

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I'm in the process of re-finishing my son's 1894 and I'm going to use the bone black in the pores on this one. I think he and I will like it. It appears to highlight the grain and give a little more contrast. I'm not sure it will be exotic, but should add a little different look.
Good Luck with yours,
Rick
 

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Eli, your stock is fairly close to what I'm looking for. I realize if I want laminate I need to get laminate but that wasn't my question I just wanted to find out how to get that look.
So Eli how did you do it?
 

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Eli, your stock is fairly close to what I'm looking for. I realize if I want laminate I need to get laminate but that wasn't my question I just wanted to find out how to get that look.
So Eli how did you do it?
Well, I started with a nice piece of wood. You can't create figure where it doesn't exist but lots of folks would be surprised what is hiding under that Marshield.

Other than that, this is what I do: http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php/topic,78535.0.html
 

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Or at least different wood. ;D

If you want a laminate look, buy laminate. I'm trying to be a jerk but that's really about what it comes down too. It gets that look by having several thin layers sanded down so you see the different layers. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting that look and you maybe you want to consider swapping your walnut for someone's laminate.

Walnut with just a nice oil-based finish has a beauty all it's own. Granted, there are a lot of varying degrees of figure out there but they all look classy when dressed simply. IMHO anyway.

Here's my 336SS stock with no stain and several coats of Tru Oil slightly buffed down for a more satin finish.

That is a pretty piece of wood. Where did you get it?
 

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Eli, your stock is fairly close to what I'm looking for. I realize if I want laminate I need to get laminate but that wasn't my question I just wanted to find out how to get that look.
So Eli how did you do it?
If the wood doesn't have that burl grain, there is no finish you are going to put on it to make it look like that. A great piece of burl wood normally comes from the stump where the roots have twisted the grain. I have seen walnut stumps go for $500 to several thousand dollars depending on the knarl and size. Most standard stock wood has straight grain and if finished properly can look very good but you won't make it look like Eli's unless you start with a good figured piece of wood.
 

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You might want to consider to have your stock dipped as they do the camo patterns. There are some very exotic looking wood grain patterns available from burl to curly to birdeye and everything inbetween. You swear it is the real thing when its done. Cheaper than nice wood upgrade too.
 

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Marlin. When I bought the rifle there were two on the shelf and the wood on this one made the choice easy. ;)
That is some really great wood to come stock on a gun in that price range. Really pretty! :eek:
 

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vince316 said:
I am going to be refinishing the standard walnut stock (not checkered) on my Marlin 1895 and wanted to find out if you guys new of a technique that would give my stock a more exotic look?
Truck bed liner spray.
 

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Sand it down too 800 grit, then use Matco tung oil. Do 6-7 hand rubbed coats, wet sanding ever 3rd coat with 800 wet/dry.

Makes it come out like furniture.

 

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Exotic?

You could always paint it purple or pink. ;D
 

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I have all ways had a hankering for a zebra stripe rifle. That whould be considered exzodic right? ::) ;D JD
 
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