Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Mi. and Florida
Just my buffalo nickles worth, but I stained the highly figured burled walnut gun stock on my Thompson Center .50 cal. Hawken rifle with a purely homegrown stain. It was made from disolving the juice from a plug of chewing tobacco ("Days Work" brand to be exact but I believe "Mules Ear" would work as well) and some dry snuff my brother gave me. I let the concoction fester in a Mason jar with turpentine, linseed oil, and rubbing alcohol for a couple weeks, with an ever so often stirring and mashing to extract the juice and stain. After I strained the mess through the leg of an old panty hose (I rinsed out the panty hose before giving it back to Ma) I tested it on an area of the stock that would not show. Once I applied it to the stock with an old Argile sock, it highlighted the grain and subtle features of the wood nicely. I allowed it to dry on the stock for a day, then wiped the stock down with alcohol, then sprayed satin polyurethane in one heavy cote, then steeled wooled for smoothness. It was a thing to behold. I will post a photo of the gun that I just presented to my son for safe keeping. I learned the secret formula from the owner of Dixie Gun Works in Union City, Tn. about 30 years ago while visiting his business and buying a percussion handgun.
The finish didn't smell or give off any other foul odors. Thought about trying coffee grounds as well, but never got around to it. Walnut husks work well but you better wear rubber gloves as it will take 50 years and a tub of lye soap to get it off your fangers and a wire brush to remove it from under them fangernails....Like I said, just my buffalo nickles worth...Stan
Design by CAD, measure with calipers, cut with axe, whittle to fit...
Last edited by oleStanman; 06-12-2012 at 05:06 PM.