I should have taken a 'before' picture. I have to use the interwebs to give an idea of what I was given to work with:
Those of you know that my father in law died recently. Him and I shared a gun-nut/hunting streak and therefore, a fair number of his firearms have gone to me. One of the pieces I received was an old Remington 514. Little single shot 22 from an era where such guns were made in America. I liked the adult size of it and hope to keep it until my boy is old enough to use it.
But geez, what an ugly color stock.
I couldn't help notice that these old Remingtons bear a slight resemblance to a pre-64 model 70 in their general shape and fit. That got me thinkin. I aquired and sold a pre-64 model 70 last summer, and was devastated to part with it. I love the color of the stocks on those old model 70's. Such beautiful pieces.
Recently, while at the range, I ran into a man who had an AK that he had bought over the internet. when it showed up, it had mismatching wood pieces. Apparently, the AK world frequently runs into this and uses food coloring dies to make all pieces at least look the same from a distance. Again, this got me thinkin.
Mixing red, brown and just a hint of purple left a die almost perfectly blood colored. The rags looked as if a bloody nose had been cleaned up with it. I stripped, sanded and washed with boiling water the stock and then soaked it in die over 2 days. Its amazing how it changed the coloration of the wood. When it was set, I began re-finishing it using a specific pre-64 model 70 restoration oil from GNG. 5 coats of that hand rubbed and this thing was looking amazing. Since this was all for a cheap gun that I intend to use in the field and for my kids to use, I hand rubbed on several coats of plolyurethane. Here is the finished product.
I'm thrilled. From 20 feet away, you could almost maybe kinda mistake it for a pre-64 model 70. Either way, it's beautiful and functional. Its got such a good coat of poly on it, I think it would float. My wife paints and does amazing pencil drawings, but this is my only sort of artistic side. Why not make something artistic as well as functional?