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Checkering

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by bolus, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I wanted to learn how to hand checker so I made an AR grip out of oak to practice on. Got a starter checkering set from Dem-Bart at a local wood working store. If anyone is looking for a pass-time checkering is the way to go since this took me about 2 weeks. :)

    http://www.dembartco.com/products.htm

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  2. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That sure looks great. How hard was it to do?
     
  3. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Not too bad to learn. I watched some videos, Midway has a good one that I cant find right now for some reason. There is definitely a skill to learn on depth of cut and not going too far near the edge.

    The main cutter looks like this. One smooth ridge that goes in an existing cut as a guide and the other ridge has the file. Makes it easy to cut parallel lines

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  4. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    You did really well on Oak. When I was practicing I found some hard maple that had less grain worked best for me.
    I couldn't keep the depth consistent on oak.
     
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  5. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Was it difficult to not cut outside your boarder line?

    Looks good!!
     
  6. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I actually cut into it quite a bit but had enough wood to sand it out. I have new found appreciation for someone who can free hand out a checking job in 15 minutes like this

     
  7. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Was thinking of trying that on a standard Boyds stock, but at my age I'm not sure I have the time left.:D
    Plus I'm all thumbs.
     
  8. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Great work.
    I tried it too.
    Luckily when the job went south, I stopped.
    Sherry in Colton saved the day.
     
  9. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    You sure have a lot of spare time on your hands.... for an MD. o_O;):D
     
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  10. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I dont do hospital rounds, and I can checker when Im on call at home taking BS questions from nursing homes like
    "the patient fell but did not get hurt"
    "we ran out of 650mg tylenol tabs, can we use 2 325 mg tabs?"
    "I accidentally gave the patient an 80mg oxycontin that was not ordered, should I keep giving him the oxycontin?" and
    "the ER said this medication might cause diarrhea as a side effect, the patient is sleeping and not having diarrhea, should we wake him up to induce the diarrhea?"

    (yes, all actual calls from nursing homes)

    plus no kids of my own. :)
     
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  11. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    You've got no kids of your own because you're too busy scratch building 1911's and checkering... and taking dumb phone calls. :D
     
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  12. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    LMFAO!
     
  13. Dapapadon

    Dapapadon Gladstone, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice work! I've seen the Midway video. Not sure I want to try it on a rifle stock but may try some pistol grips. Curious how much you spent to get started?

    Don
     
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  14. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Well, If the Doc thing does not work out for you I think you have a future as a gunsmith.

    Just try to avoid shooting any famous lions....
     
  15. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    $50 for the checkering kit and $2 for the chunk of wood. I already had a jeweler's type padded vise that rotates and tilts which is needed since you need 2 hands on the tools.
     
  16. Dapapadon

    Dapapadon Gladstone, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks, I may give it a try this winter.

    Don