The second grain raising this morning at 360grit. Will l eave it again for 24 hours before starting in with the 600grit to raise the grain again.
There are two seperate operations involved here Art. Using finer grades of sandpaper is to remove the scrathes from the previous coarser grit paper. and when it gets to 360 grit raising the grain is simply wetting the wood which causes the fibers cut by the sandpaper to stand up and then when you go over it again with sandpaper it cuts those grain ends off. Wetted and sanded twice with the 360 grit then twice at 600 grit leaves a surface that has nearly all the grain torn by the sanding grits cut off flush with the surface and is then ready for filling the grain. That is done in small areas at a time by applying a liberal amount of BLO or if the wood is light coloured it may be best to use BLO with alkanet root to highlight the grain (giving it the old english slightly red finish) and sand it in with 600 git paper. It will be done twice with 600 grit and then with 1000 grit. The slurry caused by sanding with the oil will fill in any open pores in the wood. The the finish can be started with hand rubbed coats of Tung oil and the last coat may be rubbed back with rotton stone (a pumice powder) in oil to reduce the shine if a gloss finish is not desired.Why is sanding the stock with finer and finer sandpaper called raising the grain? What is really happening? My subsequent question what is filling the grain? What is used to do it? Please show photos of the before and after. Are these prosses required because the finished stock is "oiled" rather than having a "finish" i.e. a thinned varnish applied?
Thanks Stuart. I agree and having had numerous genuine rifles in hand and built many more I have been permanently adicted to the style and feel of these old stalking rifles and of course this also carries over to the mauser based rifles as well.Really love the old Lee speed rifles. Truly the essence of the early British stalking rifle.