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Thread: Russian T3 stock restoration.

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    Man.... Z you are an artist!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grendeljaeger
    Man.... Z you are an artist!!!!!
    I second that.
    Excellent work my friend !


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    DC,
    Thank You.
    This job would have not been complete without your help.

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    Not all stocks are as bad as this set was, though most of the PLO sets had pretty bad wood.
    This thread just goes to show that all is not lost even when it looks like these did.

    It is actually quite gratifying to restore this Russian wood back to just about what it looked like when new.

    Here is another set I just finished.


    Here is the HG's from the above set, next to a set of new, but refinished, HG's.
    The new set is on the bottom.

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    The color and finish is the same.
    I use a tinted shellac right over the bare wood.

    The secret with Russian wood is the wood itself.
    Birch has a replective quality to it the most other wood does not.
    Couple that with the laminating process of alternating grain, sanding the finish smooth and then when the shellac finish is applied, it acts as a lens to amplify the wood grain.

    Pics do not do Russian wood any good.
    Nicely(correctly) finished Russian wood must be seen in person to really appreciate it's qualities.

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    I love that wood that, like the fancy car finishes, has a different look to it depending upon the angle.
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    That looks hot. The closest I've gotten was using a mix of Zinsser Amber, Cherrywood thinned with alcohol and mixed in with poly... It doesn't get the laminations to go as dark as they could though... For the red furniture, I hypothesize that the Russians may have actually used a mix of red and yellow coloring or simply iodine mixed right into dissolved pine sap. call me crazy but that's what it smells like

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