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Unread 11-22-2020, 11:34 AM   #11
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The finish should be shellac so alcohol should remove it. Can't help you with the cutting the border.
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Thanks. I am thinking the finish has been refreshed with a BLO sometime in the distant past. I will clean it and remove as much as possible without a complete removal.
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The borders on original parkers are lightly cut and are the first things to wear. Cleaning out the finish will not change the condition of the borders. They will have to be recut.
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Played in the shop a little today. Managed to some what produce a copy of Brian's cradle .had to guess at dimensions and etc.seems to be a very solid set up. Having recut several wornout pieces without having this item,I can't wait to try it out.what a blessing this is. My thanks to Brian for sharing his set up.
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I will let you know where to send the royalties to.

Looks good.
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Unread 11-23-2020, 03:01 PM   #16
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Cleaned off old finish today. Of course this revealed a split that will be sealed and closed up. Then I can start on the checkering recut.
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A cheap tool that one of the local pros use is fabricated from an extra long 4-40 or 5-40 screw. Generate an approximate 1/2" radius to the screw, heat works, and remove the head. Drill hole in wood dowel and epoxy the screw in the hole. I have used a 1/8" die sinkers file for many years. I ground half the file away so I could see where I was going.
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Craig, thanks for the reply. See next post.
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Craig, thanks for the reply. Will your provide some more detail or context as I am having difficulty visualizing your description of this tool? Thanks.
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Fore end cleaned with discovered split.
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Default Fore end cleaned with discovered split.

I have cleaned the finish from the fore end and I have identified a split in the knuckle end ear that I will have to close up before proceeding with checkering.

There is a small amount of oil in the wood at the knuckle end that I would like to extract as much as possible without discoloring the wood. Any and all suggestions welcome. I have removed oil on another project gun (Lefever) but in that case I was able to work with the entire fore end wood and not just one end.

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