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    Default What kinda wood is used on AKs?

    Trying to figure a game plan for refinishing some HGs and stocks.
    What is the normal wood used by different countries for their handguards and stocks? Specifically interested in Romy and Bulgarian, but wouldn't mind learning about some of the other countries as well.

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    The Romanians seem to have used Beech and Beech/Birch laminate.

    The Bulgarian AK74 I have has hardwood parts (no laminate UHG), of walnut (Lower HG), Birch or Elm (Upper HG) and Beech (Buttstock).

    Anyway, I try to ID all my AK wood, and these are what I came up with for the kits I own.
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    Most of them look like used pallets to me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twa2471 View Post
    Most of them look like used pallets to me!!!

    I would never second guess my bro sj..
    Hell I dont know an apple tree from an orange tree.
    God thats funny. But I really do think they told the janitor too go out and chop down a tree when they were making these things.
    "Which one."
    "The closest one."
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    Most of them look like used pallets to me!!!
    That's a good one, even if it wasn't a joke
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    Quote Originally Posted by twa2471 View Post
    Most of them look like used pallets to me!!!
    Don't laugh, I've actually pulled some pretty good pieces out of pallets for woodworking projects, even some mahogany and such. I always picked through them when I was running the loading dock.

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    Back when the Chinese AKs and SKS rifles were coming in, they were advertised as being made of "Chu Wood", whatever that is. The wood on my MAK90 isn't bad, but some of the stuff I pulled off those 1950s dated SKS with bad stocks wouldn't even burn good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kernelkrink View Post
    Back when the Chinese AKs and SKS rifles were coming in, they were advertised as being made of "Chu Wood", whatever that is. The wood on my MAK90 isn't bad, but some of the stuff I pulled off those 1950s dated SKS with bad stocks wouldn't even burn good.

    Chu wood may be an expensive wood that grows fast. I really do not know.. ????
    But my buddy, in Cambodia now, told the govt boys about some wood growing in Thailand.
    Again. Might be Chu wood. I dont know.
    He is working with the Govt. growing and planting the trees.
    His idea. Money maker. Chu. Hell I dont know..
    Teak was devastated in Thailand. A young feller took me on a cruise too show me the new Teak trees they have planted.
    Sadly as Teak was $$$$$$$$$ they devastated the trees.
    Now it will take years for them too replenish.
    If he sobers up and calls me. I will ask him if it is chu wood.
    Wish he would get off his ass and work with the govt. too let us import those millions in Russian and Chinese AKs we have sitting there.
    How the Frig are they importing these Russian parts. Damn I am pissed. The ATF told me NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
    Sorry. I lost myself for a minute there.
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    If the Russkie parts were in another country for X years and you have all the notes from Mommy and such that will convince ATF ya didn't just import them from Moscow last week, they can issue a permit. Sadly, you and I will never have enough bribe money to pay all the outstreched hands from here to Phnom Penh and make it happen. Well, you might but I certainly don't!

    I've heard that CHU is a species of tree native to China, supposed to be resistant to jungle rot. But who knows? CHU may be the name of the local lumberyard in Xiangdong.

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    "Chu Wood", whatever that is.
    Duh. Toothpicks.

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