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Posted: 6/17/2009 6:44:41 PM EST
I just picked up my first AK- a WASR. Needless to say, I am less than enthralled with the wood. I am sure this has been asked, but can the wood be refinished (or finished for the first time) to a decent level? Also, who makes good quality black plastic furniture for it?
Thanks.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 7:26:43 PM EST
Refinish wood...yes

K-Var for plastic/polymer stocksets. Copes Distributing may have them instock
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 9:29:44 PM EST
you can do wonders with a wasr stock for less than $25.

wasr2
romanian hardwood stock
minwax red mahogany
zinser amber shellac


romy g
romanian upper handguard and stock
egyptian palmswell lower handguard
minwax red oak
zinser shellac
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 1:16:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By lambo:
you can do wonders with a wasr stock for less than $25.

wasr2
romanian hardwood stock
minwax red mahogany
zinser amber shellac
http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq293/badka2ma/100_0760-1.jpg

romy g
romanian upper handguard and stock
egyptian palmswell lower handguard
minwax red oak
zinser shellac
http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq293/badka2ma/100_0616.jpg


Very nice! Gives me hope. How much sanding is involved? Thanks.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 5:57:57 AM EST
I like the solid wood over the laminate...
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 7:17:31 AM EST
I generally sand until smooth using ~180 grit sandpaper. Apply stain, let it dry, resand with 200 grit, apply more stain if necessary/desired, let it dry. Apply 3-6 coats of tung oil with 0000 steel wool. Done.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 7:34:49 AM EST
Just tried to refinish mine. Failed horribly. Never refinished any wood in my life before. Made a mess of it.
I'm replacing with black stock.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:04:25 AM EST
Originally Posted By fuzzy03cls:
Just tried to refinish mine. Failed horribly. Never refinished any wood in my life before. Made a mess of it.
I'm replacing with black stock.


Describe your process and maybe we can help.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 10:28:38 AM EST
the good thing about wood is, you can always sand it back down. It's a bit forgiving, as long as you don't put huge pits in it.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 11:15:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/18/2009 11:17:16 AM EST by CarlosC]
Wood is very simple to finish or refinish. Here are some of my recent projects:
Egyptian Maadi before (I don'thave pics of the handguards, but they looked like shit -

After -






Bulgarian before -

add unfinished Ironwood for a Hungarian AK (and slightly modified)-

after -





Even a Romanian can be made to look nice -

This one is just as shiny, but I angled the wood so it would reflect less)

even one that was run over by a truck and thoroughly abused..

to this...(take a good look at the last pic, it's the same wood in the handguards)

Link Posted: 6/18/2009 12:17:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By CarlosC:
Wood is very simple to finish or refinish. Here are some of my recent projects:
Egyptian Maadi before (I don'thave pics of the handguards, but they looked like shit -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/For%20sale%20or%20for%20trade/DSC00765.jpg
After -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/DSC00749.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/DSC00751.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/DSC00752.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/DSC00755.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/DSC00756.jpg

Bulgarian before -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/SSR6.jpg
add unfinished Ironwood for a Hungarian AK (and slightly modified)-
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/SSRwoodstock.jpg
after -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/SSRwood1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/SSRwoodstock-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/SSRwoodpistolgrip.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/SSRwoodhandguards.jpg

Even a Romanian can be made to look nice -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/DSC00380.jpg
This one is just as shiny, but I angled the wood so it would reflect less)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/Rifles/DSC00392.jpg
even one that was run over by a truck and thoroughly abused..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/AIMS%20project/DSC00244.jpg
to this...(take a good look at the last pic, it's the same wood in the handguards)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/AIMS%20project/DSC00292.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/CarlosC/Guns/AIMS%20project/DSC00294.jpg


Bravo! Excellent work.
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