The pitting is still evident, but I don't mind as it's part of the history and I'm not sure what I'd even try to fill it with. I love how it came out though. More pics to come after I refinish the stock and forearm.
I've got a little Wel-Bilt cabinet that sits on a bench-high surface that I bought off Craigslist. There is sand in it--I presume to be either aluminum oxide or some other blasting media. Whatever it is came in the blaster so I couldn't tell you. It's certainly harder than walnut shells but it won't damage the metal.That looks pretty good! When you say you 'blasted the surface' what exactly do you mean? Do you have a media box and actually used walnut shells or did you use a different process?
I don't, but the checkering is in great shape so I will be stripping it and only sanding what I have to. I think I will stain it in red mohagany since the original color is pretty close to that, and then spraying a satin poly on.Looks good! I'll be sure to follow this thread to see the finished product. What wood are the stock and forearm- do you know?