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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:26 pm 
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ What he said!

Looks great!




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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:28 pm 
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Yep, looks pretty good from here.


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:03 pm 
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Better than I could do!

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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:48 pm 
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Hey, thanks to everyone on here who has offered suggestions, inspiration, and now compliments!

I am so grateful to have had this project as a distraction these past couple weeks. I was going to pattern the gun and shoot some clays this weekend, but that might not be possible since our state (Washington) is on lockdown. Maybe I'll try one more time to get the bluing on the slide done to my satisfaction.

Hope you all are managing to keep your sanity and stay healthy!


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:05 pm 
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Thanks, Junkie, you too. My wife would argue the sanity point, but I'm healthy anyway. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:28 pm 
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Looks good!!


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:49 pm 
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Quick couple questions for those who have retraced checking when refinishing a stock. Do you do this only after the rest of the smooth wood is 100% finished? I've been practicing on an old dinged up forend where mistakes dont matter, but I'm a little worried about accidentally messing up my finish work. Also, do you use a course or fine cutter or both?


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:03 pm 
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I was able to polish up the butt plate and grip cap to a point I am happy with. I repurposed a vehicle headlight lens polishing kit for this. Its a shame they have shrunk so much.

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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:15 pm 
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:lol: Your hooked! Whats your next project? Seems as though you have the knack and patience.


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:17 pm 
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I am and I blame you and a couple other guys on here! Now what do I need to do to clean up this checkering without accidentally destroying a week's worth of finishing effort? Ha ha!

I do have another stock I'm working on, but no reveal until I figure out if I'm in over my head.

Really and truly quite thankful for the distraction and opportunity to work with my hands these past few weeks.

Hope all is well with everyone!


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:43 pm 
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a Dem-Bart checkering tool and a cheapo magnifying visor from Harbor Freight.

https://www.brownells.com/manufacturers ... /index.htm

I use a single cutter model, however, a single is easier to have an oops with.

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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:19 am 
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Very nicely done!

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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:07 pm 
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Here's a few pics showing before, during, and after the forend restoration work over the past couple weeks.

The 80 year old finish was quite worn in places. I was able to steam and sand out a few scratches and dings. And, some (not all) of the bashed up checkering was restored during my first attempt at retracing. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the outcome.

I feel plenty confident after this to tackle the stock, but the finish is in better shape. Plus it sounds like we may be getting released from lock down and I'm anxious to get out shooting. Maybe next season?

With your encouragement, I've transformed a gun I could hardly stand to look at into something I can't wait to shoot.

Thanks again for insights, suggestions, and kind words Ithaca friends!

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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:46 am 
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Nice job. I'm sure you'll do as well with the stock. You've got old girl looking good.


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 7:37 am 
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I'm going to have to do a project of my own! Hopefully I will do as well as you!

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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:40 pm 
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I have been having a great time with my restored 16 gauge since our forest grouse season kicked off. A great Labor Day weekend in the mountains harvesting blue grouse. Last weekend we tried our hand at ruffed grouse and had some success.

The gun has worked flawlessly. Though still learning the game, the pup has given her all and made solid retrieves. I've mostly hit what I've aimed at fortunately!

Hope you are well and finding ways to enjoy your Ithaca passion.

I'm not a great photographer, but wanted to share a couple pics.

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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:11 pm 
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Really nice work.... it’s a beauty


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 Post subject: Re: 37R pre-war 16 gauge suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:24 pm 
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Thank you for sharing. You have a lot to be proud of!



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