I've glanced at a lot of photos of sideplates but never really realized that they were inletted. Looking at a lot of Google images of flintlock sideplates, now I'm starting to notice how they're inletted. Some have deeper inletting than others and there's a whole range of different sideplate designs from very simple to complex, and all having a different degree of relief and inletting depth.
The sideplate is one of those items that allows the gun maker a definite choice about how deep to inlet for that particular sideplate design.
And I guess that a maker could even choose to not inlet the stock for the sideplate at all and to simply mount it right on to the surface of the wood.
Mike, do you know if some builders don't inlet for the sideplate or is that method too crude?
Last edited by arcticap; January 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM.