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Posted: 9/25/2005 10:21:20 PM EDT
Well, I was working on my Yugo M70 Underfolder kit tonight and decided to see how well the wood for the handguards would clean up. After sanding them, they turned out pretty good and I will probably use them for the build. I noticed though that when sanding it, the sandpaper seemed to clog up pretty quickly as if the wood dust was sticky. I don't know if it was from the cosmoline soaking into it, or if it is some kind of exotic wood. To me, it looks almost like Mahogony, but I could be wrong. Any idea of what type of wood it is? Here is a pic of it:

Link Posted: 9/25/2005 11:08:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 11:15:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Templar:
Back in the 80's Mitchell advertised that the Yugo rifles they imported had teak stocks.

What does teak look like, and how can I tell?
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 2:27:45 AM EDT
Teak can be hard to identify because it darkens with age. However, the appearance of your grain, sticky description and the fact that teak was used on Yugos makes me think thats exactly what you have. Congrats, Teak is the one of the most beautiful and valuable woods in the world. Because of the oil and wax in teak, it doesn't absorb water and doesn't expand or contract from extreme temperatures.

If you would like to investigate further, search for it's scientific name, Tectona Grandis

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:30:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 8:33:03 AM EDT
Started to refinish the handguards on my Yugo underfolder and have run into the same issue. Sand paper clogs up very easy as if the wood had lots of oil in it. At first I thought the wood was stained but now I'm not so sure. Nothing I've tried has removed the color from this wood. And it does have kind of an oily feel to it.

How have others refinished their Yugo wood?
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 9:16:20 AM EDT
If you put it in a mixture of bleach and water it will remove the color.
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 9:23:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ugh:
If you put it in a mixture of bleach and water it will remove the color.

I did try some Oxy-Clean to no effect. And Oxy-Clean works great at cleaning/bleaching Romanian wood. I've read on other sites (gunco.com?) that bleach will destroy the wood fibers like it eventually does to cloth fibers. Have you heard this? Though I would imagine that a 10 minute soaking would hurt nothing.
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 10:28:40 AM EDT
You guys really think it's the teak clogging it up, I was thinking that the cosmoline has permeated the wood. Mine still feels sticky after the car wash, the naptha, the oxy clean, and the oven.

I like it anyway.
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 10:58:12 AM EDT
I hadn't really thought of cosmoline. My Yugo kit was not really coated with much of it. Also, I've bombared the wood with brakeparts cleaner, DNA, mineral spirits, and paint remover. Cosmoline is good, but not *that* good.

However, maybe I'll throw the handguards in the oven and heat them up a bit to see what leaches out......the next time my wife is out of the house!!
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 1:51:29 PM EDT
Spiff, are you a salesperson?

I used to be told that spiff is an acronym for Sales Person Indicted For Fraud.....

just messin with you, it's not an attack, I got paid many spiffs years ago. (no not for fraud)
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 2:00:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Kevin_M4:
Spiff, are you a salesperson?

No it's actually a computer gaming handle that I've used since about '94. Not sure where I got it from, maybe the Calvin and Hobbs comic strip!! I swear I was the first one to come up with it (back in the Doom days), but these days there are hundreds of people using it or variations of it.
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 3:53:09 PM EDT
Teak (Tectona grandis) is one of the world's premier hardwood timbers, rightly famous for its mellow colour, fine grain and durability. It occurs naturally only in India, Myanmar, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Thailand, and it is naturalized in Java, Indonesia, where it was probably introduced some 400 to 600 years ago. In addition, it has been established throughout tropical Asia, as well as in tropical Africa (including Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United Republic of Tanzania and Togo) and Latin America and the Caribbean (Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela). Teak has also been introduced in some islands in the Pacific region (Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands) and in northern Australia at trial levels.

Sounds like Mitchell marketing BS. Why would a socialist country spend hard currency importing tropical hardwood for military gunstocks when perfectly adequate European hardwoods - Beech? - Elm? - were available in country?
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 4:37:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 4:05:45 PM EDT
Oven and brake clean.

I used brake clean on one set and it got most of the cosmo out. I want to try the oven but the one I have only goes to 100 at the lowest and then the next setting is 170. I dont think I want to try out 170.

But brake clean and a rag works really well to get most of it out.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:28:58 PM EDT
Oven cleaner works great too........just make sure you get the old school kind
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 5:21:17 AM EDT
I tried 170 on my handguards, no burning. I'll post a pic later of how the bleaching turned out.
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 5:29:03 AM EDT

Tito's Yugoslavia was the foremost of the "non-aligned" countries duriing the Cold War. These countries, which included Myanmar (the former Burma), were in neither the U.S. nor the U.S.S.R. camp and traded extensively between themselves.

Myanmar has a buttload of teakwood, and they shipped it to the Yugos in large quantities.
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