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Bob Thompson
May 7, 2002, 02:11 PM
Can an already finished stock such a a new gun would have be checkered and would the smith have to strip first or just finish the checkered area?

May 7, 2002, 03:34 PM
add/retouch checkering?

through finish? kind of finish? re-finish? :confused:

May 7, 2002, 05:43 PM
It can be checkered with no major refinishing needed. Usually the finished checkering will have a thin coat of some kind of finish applyed.
In fact, it's better to finish the stock before checkering, since trying to sand a stock without marring the checkering is nerve-wracking.

May 8, 2002, 06:34 AM
is almost always best done after the finish is completed. For one thing, it makes it MUCH easier to mark out your layout lines and cut your first rows. It's hard to see well on unfinished wood. Then after your diamonds are pointed, work a little finish into the checkering with a toothbrush. Voila!

I've checkered a number of rifles and pistol grips on newly purchased guns. Lots of fun. Gets tough on the eyes when working on multicolored laminated stocks though...hard to see your lines.

May 8, 2002, 09:55 AM
Those guys are correct. Checker after finishing. On high end guns there often is no finish put over the checkering.