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Old March 24th, 2017, 06:46 PM   #1
 
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AK-47 people - My second shot at furniture upgrade

Pics are of my RAS47 (almost 1k rnds through it). After a disastrous first attempt at refinishing the furniture that came with it (looked like birdhouse pine from shop class when received) I ordered a set of polish surplus furniture from ebay. (top, bottom, and grip).

So I still have the original buttstock I messed up but with the motivation now to make it right.

Here's a couple pics with the pcs i messed up originally next to the polish surplus I finished and installed (holy **** fitting wood is no joke)

I'll update once I finish the buttstock to match. Love any criticism. I can give the basic steps I took if anyone is interested.

Firs pic - Sanded, obviously these are used. I cleaned up as much as possible but I like the character.



Pics when done. The light does not do em justice but they feel good. Thanks for watching.






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Old March 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM   #2
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That looks great!
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Looks good. The timbersmith stocks are the best aftermarket wood for an ak, but hard to come by. I also refinished my original wood stocks on 2 of my wasr 10/63's. I did a rosewood finish close to yours. Once you sand remember to fire lap the wood to remove any hard to see spurs, that will shop up after you stain. Then I also used a lacquer finish to give them a laminated or high gloss shiney finish. Its alot of work, but the results if done right are highly desirable. Good job. now get out and enjoy it.

Not a great picture but here is mine.



I also redid my sks in a lighter color, left the factory markings in the wood, filled them in with a black permenant marker, then clear coated over them, to retain the original appearance. They were worth the elbow grease.


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Great looking furniture! I regret selling mine, but it helped with the moving expenses. I hope to have another before the year is out. And I always love the plum furniture look. You did a fantastic job. What color stain did you use to create the repro color? Most gun owners don't know what they are missing if they don't have one in their collection. I wished Ruger made another bolt-action in the 7.62x39 caliber. Really hate that they cut out production on the old M77/7.62x39.
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I like the new look. Red was a good choice.
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Geez Tacky! Great looking Warsaw Pact hardware! I never contemplated refinishing my SKSs. But it's a thought for the future! Maybe when the weather turns sour, I'll open up a new project...
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Geez Tacky! Great looking Warsaw Pact hardware! I never contemplated refinishing my SKSs. But it's a thought for the future! Maybe when the weather turns sour, I'll open up a new project...
Thanks bud, when I purchased it, it had a rough standard finish but it was all matching. So I figured it needed a little love for such a well known rifle. It took a while but really turned out great. It now has fitting clothes worthy of its pedigree. I highly recommend redoing the stock, the results are worth it.
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Very nice looking, you do good work and thanks for the pictures.
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good it does not look like school desk wood as many do.
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Thanks for the feedback and pics folks! Tacky that is some beautiful work.

I tried to avoid lacquer finish initially because I knew I was going to mess things up. Shellac is just easier to fix.

But once I get the results I want I think your style just looks better and is probably more durable.

@Dragonscout - I used one coat of minwax red mahogany on the bare wood. I then went through with a few coats of red rit dye (which has extremely random results each application) until I felt I like it.

Then start layering on the shellac.
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Nice wood on all these rifles!!!!
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The furniture is what caught my eye walking through a gun show.That's why I picked up this Polish AK.
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Thanks for the feedback and pics folks! Tacky that is some beautiful work.

I tried to avoid lacquer finish initially because I knew I was going to mess things up. Shellac is just easier to fix.

But once I get the results I want I think your style just looks better and is probably more durable.

@Dragonscout - I used one coat of minwax red mahogany on the bare wood. I then went through with a few coats of red rit dye (which has extremely random results each application) until I felt I like it.

Then start layering on the shellac.
Thanks, yes the lacquer is durable. Just take your time, spray one thin coat, then allow it to dry atleast 12 hours before applying a next coat and make sure its dry. Use a tack clothe between coatings to assure their is no contaminate, dust or lint on the stock. Then apply addition coats. You can also use very fine sand paper to remove imperfections in the lacquer after it drys, then recoat. Just take it slow to avoid runs. I think mine had 3 or 4 coats to get a deep shine. I am really happy how they turned out.

Here is another pic of my sks thats shows good detail of the grain.


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The furniture is what caught my eye walking through a gun show.That's why I picked up this Polish AK.
This is a beauty. Looks like a bakelite handle though? I don't know if you could come up with a wood grip that could match the rest of your furniture but I think it would be worth a shot to try. It looks great anyway though, just being picky.

Either way - I've noticed the folks at the range always come over to appreciate some beautiful furniture. I look left and right and see black plastic AR's at every booth.

There is just something special about real, cared for wood. (just don't compare groupings on the targets with 'em , that's not what we're there for though with our AK-47.)

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Thanks, yes the lacquer is durable. Just take your time, spray one thin coat, then allow it to dry atleast 12 hours before applying a next coat and make sure its dry. Use a tack clothe between coatings to assure their is no contaminate, dust or lint on the stock. Then apply addition coats. You can also use very fine sand paper to remove imperfections in the lacquer after it drys, then recoat. Just take it slow to avoid runs. I think mine had 3 or 4 coats to get a deep shine. I am really happy how they turned out.

Here is another pic of my sks thats shows good detail of the grain.

Yep that's a beauty. Nice set up too. I can see many a rifle being built there.
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