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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Finishing curly maple

Putting together a franken-rifle of sorts...

Grade 3 curly maple stock coming..should be 75% curl or so.


I'd like to finish it right the first time...I don't care if it takes a couple days a week for a month or 2..

I don't want the red look...but don't want the bleached white/yellow maple..


What do you guys recommend for finishing it?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 04:13 PM
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Re: Finishing curly maple

I like using aqua fortis. Then chambers oil finish.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 05:25 PM
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Re: Finishing curly maple

there were two acids used to finish maple. Nitric acid is one (Aqua fortis) It isn't a dye or stain, but actually causes the wood to change color. Depending on the natural minerals in the wood, it can be a darkish transparent brown to even greenish-olive in rare cases. The other creates a more aged maple tan, a sort of sorrel color. (perhaps the reddish brown color you disliked)
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Re: Finishing curly maple

Thanx guys!

Will look into it!
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Re: Finishing curly maple

Did some reading up on the aqua fortis...sounds pretty easy to do...


I don't care if it takes most of the summer....I want it to turn out awesome...


I will be eager to get on the range with her...but it'll be worth the wait to do it right!


Not sure when it'll come...he said "I will get it shipped out! About a week or so...". Not sure if that's a week before it ships or a week till its at my house...

I can't wait!!!


Franken-rifle... But I think it should be pretty cool...very functional, accurate and fast firing...


Not sure what touch hole comes with a green mountain barrel...
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