M1 Garand Wood with Different Finishes

WALNUT


Stock as received


After steaming and sanding


Linseed oil


Tung oil


2 coats of Chestnut Ridge Supply Stain and tung oil


2 coats of Fiebing's Dark Brown Leather Dye and tung oil


Walnut stock and front handguard, birch rear handguard. Stained wood looks slightly different.

 
BIRCH


Stock as received


After steaming and sanding


Linseed oil


Tung oil


2 coats of Chestnut Ridge Supply Stain and tung oil


2 coats of Fiebing's Dark Brown Leather Dye and tung oil


Birch stock, walnut handguards. They will never match.


Stock is birch. Hand guard is Korean Chu wood. It is dark-reddish brown with rough, open grain.
Chu wood parts will not match walnut or birch.


Top and side view of beech handguard. Beech usually contains yellow or white scales or flecks. It is lighter than walnut.


Variations in stock shades.

Walnut is browner, birch is yellower.

Birch woodsets were made AFTER M1 Rifle production ended in 1957.

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