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Stock checkering

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Does anyone have any experience checkering a stock?What all is involved and how difficult?
I've reshaped the forarm on my trapper and in the process needed to remove the factory checkering.
If the cost of tooling is prohibitive are there any quick and dirty alternatives?
P.S. I'm good with a dremel.
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Brookie: A good checkering job is one of the more demanding aspects of stock work. There is no, repreat NO, Dremel tool involved in checkering except possibly as an aid in building checkering tools (there are better ways to go). If you are inclined go to your library and see if they have a copy of Monte Kennedys' book "Carving and Checkering of Gunstocks". This will give you more info than you'll need including how to make the tools, lay out patterns and do the work. I advise you to practice a lot on scrap wood before you touch a tool to the stock. If you don't intend to make a hobby of it I suggest you find a checkerer. I would imagine you could get a suitable pattern done for about $35.00-$60.00 per side if you find the right guy. You can also buy the tools from Brownells although I have to say I have personally never been happy with most commercial hand tools for that purpose and prefer to make mine from carbon drill steel rod. luck
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