There’s really no way to make refinishing a stock interesting…
I sanded the stock down as much as possible without changing the shape radically.
There were a few chips I couldn’t remove entirely. No biggie. The Sheridan will end up with more dings in the future.
The forearm sanded.
Again, I tried to remove the minimum.
First coat of Tru-Oil.
For some reason the forends of the Sheridans of that era that I have are all lighter wood than the buttstocks.
After the oil dries, I smoothed it with steel wool. And repeated the process about 8 times…
I found it a bit too shiny. The grain is pretty well filled however.
I decided to knock the shine down by waxing as the final step. Because I’m cheap and lazy I just used some Minwax.
I shined up the plug.
And reblued the trigger guard after removing most of the rust.
The trigger got the same treatment but I also polished it and smoothed it more.
The Oxpho blue worked magic on it. Need to polish items more to get a better blue I guess.
I know, boring, but I’m in awe of how well the blue took.
The only issue in reassembly was that the two front roll pins (pivot and plug retention) had stress cracks.
You can see the crack better here. I replaced the pins.
Using a piece of brass rod as an anvil while I spread the split rivet’s tabs to refasten the trigger guard.
So all done.
Compare it to the before picture:
A small improvement.
I haven’t measured the velocity but it pumps up and sounds as strong as any Sheridan I have (why do I have so many Sheridans?). I’ll shoot it a bit this week.