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    How diffcult is it to checker a stock? Can I do it at home? And what tools would i need?
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    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.
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    Kings have a small booklet available detailing how to checker stocks and also show the tools used. 'Bout R5 - R 10 bucks, if I recall correctly.
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    okay thanks man. i will check it out next time im out there buying fly-fishing stuff hehe. kings sports must be the ultimate guys sports store!
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    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.
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    I wanted to do it when I used to build my own stocks, the tools are rather pricey and it is not easy to do a propper job. Try stippeling
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    dont even try to do it on a synthetic stock if ur not useing a laser
    u can sand blast it but dont do any cutting
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    Yeah lewis stippling looks alot easier to do. i found quite a few pages on stippling... but i dont think it looks as good as checkering
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    Aint nothing that looks as good as that high grade checkering (is it 22 or 24 line per inch )
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    ya, i gotta agree with mac. it gives a gun that "western" look
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