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Old 01-23-2005, 01:54 PM   #1
 
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When refinishing a Garand stock with the dishwasher trick...

...do I put the handguards in too? Also, what settings should I use? Any tips or tricks I should know to make it go smoother? I've never even used our dishwasher. Thats what the wife is for (only kidding about the wife part!)
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Old 01-23-2005, 02:25 PM   #2
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Regular wash cycle works.... NO HEATED DRYING!!!

You can use super scrub.... NO HEATED DRYING!!!

(I guess I made that point)


I just took two Greek stocks.....
They looked like they used a tree each and a stone tool to shape them..... they had initials and other things carved in them.....
They were made of some light colored european wood....
They were way oversized!
I had nothing to lose.... so I washed them up, then sanded with a palm sande with ---# 36 --- paper (like pebbles stuck to the paper....) T took the initials out and shaped the wood properly....

Then I used # 100.... this smoothened it out....
Some go to 300 or higher, but GI stocks weren't like glass....
I purposely left some imperfections there to look authentic....

I colored the stock with a Red Mahogony stain and some Walnut....
You almost can't tell it isn't Walnut now....

Good luck!!

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Old 01-23-2005, 03:29 PM   #3
 
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OnTarg', I'm glad you mentioned the No Heated Drying part because I didnt know about that and would have done it.
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Old 01-24-2005, 05:30 AM   #4
 
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what dose all that oil do to the inside of your dish washer??? or are you guys talking about useing some old garage dishwasher for this stock cleaning? i just got a new one from lowe's and the wife would cut me off if i mess it all up!!! dose anyone have a before dish washer and after picture of a greek stock!
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Old 01-24-2005, 06:45 AM   #5
 
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I've used the dishwasher method on a Greek '03 stock before. Just pulled out the top rack, sat everything in place and let her go. Afterwards, the stock AND the dishwasher were totally clean. And, if for some reason the dishwasher is a little greasy when you finish, just run another cycle with dishwashing detergent only and it will clean right up.

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Old 01-24-2005, 06:48 AM   #6
 
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corvetteed,

The Dishwasher is a "self cleaning" appliance....

Re oils..... Do you see any old grease and leftover eggs, hamburger, or mac & cheeze stuck inside your machine after doing a load of pots & pans??? No?? Neither will you see any evidence of an M1 stock left in a DW after cleaning wood. The machine leaves both the wood and its own insides clean and slick as a whistle.

If you do the DW clean on a stock set while the wifey is away and get the top rack re-installed before she gets home... nobody is the wiser.

For a full rundown on the DW stock cleaning method...
Go HERE: http://www.swampworks.com/SwampysStuff-Home.html

Look at the section on re-finishing a stock.....

Enjoy.

Best to all,
Swampy

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Old 01-24-2005, 07:35 AM   #7
 
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thanks for the info, i was just wondering what to try when my CMP greek comes? i am sure the stock will need some help. and i am looking forward to the project and the great out come!
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Old 01-24-2005, 07:49 AM   #8
 
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To do the dishwasher trick, you WILL need to remove the top rack.
I put the hand guards in the silverware rack. squirted in some dawn dish washing detergent, set it for "heavy wash" & "pots and pans scrub". Then I TURNED THE HIGH HEAT DRY OFF

The stock and hand guards came out VERY clean and all but the worst dents were gone. I then hung the stock and hand guards for about two weeks in a dry room. I then lightly sanded and 0000 steel wooled them. I stained with walnut stain, when that was dry I used a coat of English chestnut stain for the red. I allowed that to dry over night. Then a coat of 50/50 BLO and turpentine. Let dry for two days, then another coat of 50/50. Two more days. Then light coats of straight BLO with ample dry time between coats. The results were great. I haven't got a digital camera but I will take some 35MM pics and have them put on a disk and post them.
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:09 AM   #9
 
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One reason I like my old rifles is because 60 year old wood stocks are stable, and do not seem to move around and shift point of impact with changing conditions of humidity and so on.

Would not running a stock through a dishwasher sort of ruin that aspect of old wood? Or does it matter with a rattly old Garand?

Just curious; I know there is a lot of experience out there.
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:25 AM   #10
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The dishwasher is great for getting out dings & dents (even bad ones).

I've had greater success actually cleaning stocks through a combination of stripping the stock with easy-off & hot water, followed by washing it in a bucket of purple power and hot water.

You won't believe how much crap was in that old wood until you dump the bucket of purple power.
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Old 01-24-2005, 12:28 PM   #11
 
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dishwasher trick

OK, guys, out with it ! I have what I always thought to be a full sized under-the counter dishwater, and could never gett a stock in there ....are you talking about a free-standing (portable) dishwasher , or what ? Also, about the wifey being gone..........Oh,what a tangled web we weave........

Semper Fi !!
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Old 01-24-2005, 12:39 PM   #12
 
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john,

A photo is worth 1k words....

GO TO THE link I posted above....

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Old 01-24-2005, 01:01 PM   #13
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You have to remove the top rack.
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Old 01-24-2005, 04:55 PM   #14
 
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Cleaning stock with dishwasher trick

OK, Guys....now I see the difference---my dishwasher has THREE of those spinning agitators...one top & bottom, and one that is mounted on an arm halfway down....I's have to remove the middle one somehow...SWAMPY, appreciate the pic, it told the story...Guess i'll continue doing it the same way I have for almost 50 yrs.,( or send -wifey on loooong vacation)--......"When first we practice to deceive"........
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