Been reading up some more on finishing rifle stocks, however I can't find out more about checkering / chequering?
Most of the specialists custom stock site I read, finish the stock completely, then only cut the checkering.
Now do they leave the checkering unsealed / un protected? Or do they apply some kind of laquering / sealer on afterwards and forget to mention this in their steps?
Maybe checkering should be left unsealed and thus rough to act better as a gripping aid?