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    Veneer over stock repair?

    Has anyone ever put a veneer over a repaired stock? I have an Enfield stock that has a repair on the right hand sight below the magazine cutoff. It's a large repair and was done by someone with some skill. However, there does not seem to be and "grain" to the wood. I've tried giving it a light sanding and staining it, but it doesn't seem to like the stain very much and definitely looks a little sloppy. My question is if anyone has put veneer on their stock before and how does it look? Thanks.

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    Never done it, and wouldn't try. It might work with a piece of antique saw-cut veneer. But modern knife-cut veneer is made with a device that functions rather like a gigantic pencil-sharpener, which produces a grain pattern that will never match in with a solid block of wood, such as a buttstock.

    If you want to improve the look of the surface, you would need to create a recess and insert a block of wood of the same type and similar age, formed so that the grain runs in the same direction as the surrounding wood.

    As this is a tricky job that is totally irrelevant to the performance of the rifle, I wouldn't bother, unless the present repair looks really rough - how about a photo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agambard1990 View Post
    it doesn't seem to like the stain
    Very possibly from the glue used in the actual veneer that prevents a stain from penetrating.
    You could try base coating this area with a Gel type stain that acts nearly like a paint.You'd be trying to match the underlaying 'Main color' of the overall piece.
    Next would be again with a Gel type stain, now trying to simulate the grain line patterns and colors.
    A type of Faux finish. We've simulated wood, stone, leather etc. Look up Wood graining and study up.
    At worst you can wash it off and be back to square 1.

    I've been through some carbine stocks that only showed original when made repairs that were not visable before the stocks were stripped of their finish.
    Your correct that there were some with 'Skills'.

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    We need pics, my guess as of now is epoxy wood filler.
    Why lay a veneer when a Dutchmen of solid wood requires the same level of precision?
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    Weapons techs have been known to put WarPig1976's Dutchmen of solid wood(that's literally a wood insert) in years. Not veneer though. Veneer is thin stuff and costs too much.
    painter777's big picture of the crack(1st picture) is easily fixed with a needle style epoxy applicator and a clamp.

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