How diffcult is it to checker a stock? Can I do it at home? And what tools would i need?
Im no expert, but Im busy with a few costom stocks. I have read up on it and it seem pretty easy if you have a steady hand. I use my Dremmel with remote hand piece. I would suggest making a stencil of what you want to cut with thin soft sheet metal. My plan with my Zabrano stock is to make a stencil and then sandblast the exposed timber to a nice texture, but to practice on an offcut piece of wood first. Ill go check in my books what they call the hand checkering tool. I think you should find at a decent gunstore with an inhouse gunsmith.
Tried it once and it wasn't easy for me. I even resharpened the existing checkering on a stock I had sanded down, and it was a time consuming task.
Theres a bloke in PMB that does it for around R80 a panel. He did a bow handle for me once but cursed me because the glass and other epoxies in the handle destroyed his tools.