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Fiddleback Maple

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I can't really offer any specific advice on bringing out the fiddle back. A few years ago friend was getting into restoring antique wood furniture. He used a link on the Homer Formsby website for tech help. Best I recall he said he got a personal answer to his specific question within 24 hours without having to go through FAQ's.

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My technique is to first use water-based stain, such as you can get from Woodworker's Supply. When dry, knock of the roughness with sandpaper, then use oil-based stain. This is what I do with furniture when I use tiger maple.

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That's an interesting idea on the leather dye. I can see that. The dye chemistry should work as well on wood as on leather or other fabrics.

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On the top stock, I just used Tung oil.

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On this stock, I used a diluted stain, Chesnut Ridge Military Stain, that I wiped on, then finished with Satin Polyurethane sprayed on.

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This stock is done with TruOil. I think I am going to strip it, and redo it in Tung Oil, but that is a bit more involved than doing it in TruOil.

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Bob, I decided to redo the Mauser stock. I didn't like the pale, washed out look the TruOil gave. I stripped the stock, then sanded with 150 grit, then 220. I have now brushed on 2 coats of Teak Oil, and sanded the wet 2nd coat with 220 grit. I am now waiting for the 2nd coat to dry a bit more. I will then wet sand with 320, 400, and then 600. This is a new method for me, as I usually go as fine as I can before I bruch on the finish.

Here is how the stock sits now with 2 coats of Teak OIl.

 

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