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    A question was brought up about how the "patina" may have been stripped away from the wood. Not wanting to hijack that thread, I think this is a good opportunity for an experiment - the color, finish, and feel of the wood is all still there. Advantages of acetone is that it does not penetrate very deeply as it evaporates sooooo fast. Posts 8 and 10 here for reference https://www.milsurps.com/showthread....803#post489803
    As I go over the rifle in my hands now, I see that the lighting in the final pics makes the result look lighter than reality. The pics were taken immediately after wiping off the raw linseed oilicon. I mentioned it should only get better as RLO does its thing over the next few weeks. For the experiment, I'll take a few more pics, and in different lighting too, for discussion and consideration.

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    Just came across this while internetting on a different project with a table.

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    That was the same way I've been doing mine over the years.
    Regards, Jim

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    Yeah. If the "patina" is the underlying oxidized colors, then it is certainly all still there. I need to take some followup pictures. My small shop (in the basement utility room) looks like a tornado hit it. This is what happens when a rifle or 2 projects get co-mingled with a house emergency projects, like needing a new water heater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgross View Post
    needing a new water heater.
    Perfect timing, with all of this other too.
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    it's always something. The worst is that there is a record player that is on all the time, playing the same song in the background. They lyrics go something like "...but honey don't you want to hire somebody to do that?"

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    Then you wonder why you know how to do all this stuff. Wish it was all knowledge when we bought a house...
    Regards, Jim

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    luckily I had a very grumpy grandfather who let me pal around in his cabinet shop with him - second career after retiring from farming. He taught me to never "learn by doing" alone as it's a sure way to f*(^ things up. Read everything I could get my hands on first, come up with plan, and be ready to toss it out and make a new one as the work comes along.
    Of course kids want instant hands on gratification! I enjoyed the planning and research just as much as I do touching the thing.
    Water heater gave me courage to tackle tying in the sprinklers I did a couple summers ago to the main supply this summer - but the city enforcer tells me I need a contractors license to pull a permit - sounds like a racket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgross View Post
    I need a contractors license to pull a permit - sounds like a racket.
    It is. More cost...

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