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    5 coats of oil on so now its time to work the...

    5 coats of oil on so now its time to work the wood a bit to make it smoother and also lighten up that color a bit.
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    In these pics, 5 coats of oil are now applied....

    In these pics, 5 coats of oil are now applied.
    At this stage the dye is sealed in and any excess doesn't bleed out anymore.
    It's starting to have a light shine so taking pictures with a flash isn't...
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    And while i wait for the dyes to dry i figured i...

    And while i wait for the dyes to dry i figured i would strip down the carbine and give it a deep clean.
    Some will advise againts this for most people, that you risk breaking something.
    While i...
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    This one too has 6 coats of Fiebings dark brown...

    This one too has 6 coats of Fiebings dark brown dye.
    The fore end tip also has 6 coats but from the other alcohol stain. Dark brown too.
    It's quite different looking so i'm very curious to see how...
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    double post, my bad ---------- Post added at...

    double post, my bad

    ---------- Post added at 12:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:28 PM ----------

    The rifle started out as a Mk I in 1905 (could have been a Mk I* or even a Mk I** too...
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    I'm curious too but i also know it will turn out...

    I'm curious too but i also know it will turn out ok.
    These 3 where done using the same technique.
    At the top, LEC MK I*
    Middle one is a NZ
    Both where done by me.
    Bottom one is a RIC but was done...
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    Initial staining done. I was able to squeeze 6...

    Initial staining done.
    I was able to squeeze 6 coats of dye out of one bottle, for both the P13 and the RIC.
    Not bad.
    I now have a pretty much solid dark color to start of. (yeah i know, it looks...
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    Thank you :) A repair would have been better at...

    Thank you :)
    A repair would have been better at the middle band junction but the original had been cut too short for that.
    At least this way something of the original will survive.
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    2 coats of Fiebings dark brown and the repairs...

    2 coats of Fiebings dark brown and the repairs are fading away.
    I used a different dye on the nose cap tip, will see how different it ends up.
    Let's hope it stays that way once i start oiling.
    ...
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    Thank you 2 coats of Fiebings Dark Brown dye...

    Thank you

    2 coats of Fiebings Dark Brown dye on.
    Looks promising.

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    Yes it does. I find that it takes 3 or 4 coats...

    Yes it does. I find that it takes 3 or 4 coats of oil for the dye to stop rubbing off.
    The way i do things, was taught to me by englishman_ca (more like explained via emails)
    I apply multiple...
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    Thank you My thumb still hurts pretty bad btw...

    Thank you
    My thumb still hurts pretty bad btw :thdown:
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    Here's a few dye tests i made on the original tip...

    Here's a few dye tests i made on the original tip of the P13 and a couple of scrap pieces of wood that i used for the restoration.
    Color shades doesn't show great in pictures.
    I tested 2 alcohol...
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    Btw i looked through the carbines listed in the...

    Btw i looked through the carbines listed in the book survey and i haven't seen yours, promo. So he probably would be happy to add it to the survey.
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    Looking at the forum it looks like he hasn't been...

    Looking at the forum it looks like he hasn't been on here for over a year.... Hopefully nothing bad happened to him.
    The small survey he takes for each rifles was something like 12 specifications he...
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    A few small repairs here and there, around the...

    A few small repairs here and there, around the trigger guard and nose cap and the wood is done.
    One last wash and it's ready for finishing.
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    Since this was initially a SMLE fore end, it was...

    Since this was initially a SMLE fore end, it was missing the two Brass washers surounding the retaining pin.
    I made the washers, made a small punch out tool and slowly carved out the wood around the...
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    I riveted spring clips to the handguard. And i...

    I riveted spring clips to the handguard.
    And i just noticed as i was posting these pics a cracks appears on the inside so i guest that will need a bit of glue....

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    I glued some veneer to the butt socket section to...

    I glued some veneer to the butt socket section to make it nice and tight.

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    Fast forward to the recent days i needed to take...

    Fast forward to the recent days i needed to take care of a few small details and some mishaps that happened over the years this stock was moved around.
    Filled in a small chip that i made (and lost)...
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    The butt stock i had was a heavily sanded MLE...

    The butt stock i had was a heavily sanded MLE with the cut out for the butt plate tang.
    I filled that in, simulating a repair we often see on Lee Enfields butt stocks.
    ...
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    Like i mentioned the SMLE stock was modified...

    Like i mentioned the SMLE stock was modified years ago (when they were easy to find and dirt cheap) and was going to restore a chopped up MLE. Turning it into a carbine clone.
    Now the stock ended up...
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    In the mean time ... RIC

    Since i was about to do the final finish on my P13 i figured i might as well finish the wood on one of my other project. A RIC that's been on the bench for almost as long.

    I had purchased this...
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    Beautiful carbines Promo. Congratulation on...

    Beautiful carbines Promo. Congratulation on acquiring them.

    smle addict, Skennerton list the NZ carbine as ''Magazine Lee-Enfield Carbine Fitted for Pattern 18888 Bayonet (N.Z. Model) ... quite...
  25. Thread: Lee Metford

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    Awesome, thanks again. Got one of those...

    Awesome, thanks again.
    Got one of those :dancingbanana:
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    Probably the quickest and easiest fix on this rifle.
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