I do hate the green, but I can tolerate it better than the brown...Amazing job! You've got some very good skills man.
That said, with all the work and love you put into it I think you should really consider repainting the hand guard with a green that will match the rest of the stock. The color you put on there really doesn't look good IMO. Again, beautiful craftsmanship!
jkh62--Over the years, I have built quite a few M1As similar to the job described here. There are a few things that I do differently and I would like to offer them for your consideration. The coat hanger is sort of standard, however, Al Ewing showed me how to use a leaf of a spring from a rifle magazine box. It does not take a set and will help keep the barrel centered in the stock. Before bedding, I use a strip of cloth ¼" wide taken from a used belt from my belt sander to "shoe shine toe area between the front band and the ferrule to get a perfect match between the two. Cut against the band and not the ferrule. I use a Propane torch to heat the clips on the front band and bend them up to better hold the front of the handguard. Make sure that they will clear the barrel and fit the handguard. I use a file and take off some extra on the handguard to make it fit better. You can take the extra length off of the handguard by moving it forward just a wee to clear the receiver in the back. That way there are no marks on the rear of the handguard. To set the front sling swivel, I use 10-32x½" pan head cap screws and screw them into modified T-nuts which I countersink on the inside of the forend. That way it makes the job look more professional. You can use a ¾" Forsner bit to countersink the T-nut. The other thing that I do is to use a full length pillar in the rear so that I get a lockup like on a pillar bedded target rifle.
Just a few thoughts,
My wife asked me "why do they keep shooting turkeys every Sunday"? She kept seeing the ad in the paper" Turkey shoot Sunday ". I asked her what she thought that meant and she looked at me like I was stupid and said" they are shooting turkeys, duh".I've gotta admit, until I read this thread, I though "glass bedding" involved the use of fiberglass insulation somehow being laid into the stock.