Finishing A Gunstock

Tricks of the trade can turn a machined stock into a treasured heirloom.

by Dominick Pisano

I have arrived at the point where I begin the finish work on the stock. This can very well make or break all of the previous work on the stock as it’s what everyone sees when they look at the rifle. Once I am satisfied that the shaping is complete and to my liking I begin by thoroughly sanding the stock with progressively finer and finer grits of abrasive paper.

I use a large sanding block with a felt backer to sand the larger areas of the stock and art gum erasers to get into tight spots, such as behind the pistol grip. Keep the paper tightly wrapped around the backing to keep the surfaces flat and true.

There are certain areas where it’s impossible to sand with the grain.


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