I've learned a lot about what stains, finishes, and top coats to put on stocks thanks to all of you that responded. I thought I would ask you how you start your stock project.
Right now, the 2 projects in front of me to get started on is a Mini 30, which has no checkering, and a Ruger 77 which does.
How do you strip off or remove finishes from old stocks that you want to refinish? Do you use different methods for stocks with checkering as those without?
Does your method change with the type of wood the stock was built from? The Ruger stocks I have are not walnut, at least best I know they are not. Do you do something different for softer wood than harder wood?
If you are using chemical strippers, do you treat the by product as hazardous waste and separate it from your solid waste?
I look forward to this discussion as I am sure, based on our other discussion regarding finishes, that this should be very informative. Thanks in advance to everybody willing to share their experience.