I do quite a bit of new checkering too.  Some customers want a simple, tasteful pattern, leaving it entirely up to me to design something that looks "right".  Others know exactly what they want and supply a detailed drawing, or a photo torn out of a magazine for me to work from.

Reproducing a classic pattern from an old original stock onto a new replacement stock is also a common request.  I tend to prefer traditional patterns, but I have done a few "Buck Rogers Specials" too.  I no longer offer Fleur-de-lis checkering patterns.

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Of the various services that I offer, this constitutes the bulk of my work.  Most stocks that get used to any great extent will eventually show some wear and tear, i.e. dings, scuffs and scratches in the finish, checkering with diamonds worn down flat, or missing,  and/or the grooves filled in with dirt and grime.  In most cases, such a stock can be made to look almost better than when it was new!

I start by removing the original finish, steam raising dents and sanding out any shallow imperfections.  I strive to keep all lines straight and corners sharp.  The stock is then saturated inside and out with a solvent modified curing resin that penetrates deeply into the wood completely sealing it against moisture and gun oil.  A quality oil finish is progressively wet-burnished into the wood surface filling the open pores.  My trade-mark final finish can is generally what I call a ‘soft luster’, but something with a bit more gloss to it can also be accomplished with additional effort.

I rechecker the original pattern, deepening the lines until all diamonds come to sharp points.  A light coat or two of my own Tung oil formula of finish brushed into the checkering completes the project.

Most basic factory stocks can be refinished and recheckered logging from 16 to 20 hours of bench time, on average.  Refinishing and recheckering are also offered as separate services, see the MISC. & RECHECKERING ONLY projects.

Please see the STOCK REFINISHING COMMENTS in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section near the bottom of this page!

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Projects under this heading can require anywhere from minor to extensive rebuilding before refinishing and recheckering can be completed.   Extra work can include treating the wood for excessive oil-soak, raising dents, patching bad gouges, restoring stripped-out screw holes, repairing and reinforcing cracks and replacing missing pieces of wood.

Because of these variables, providing accurate estimates can be difficult.  Generally, I will only undertake such work at my normal hourly shop rate.  I will not use shortcuts, but will do the job right, thereby doing all I can to insure that you receive a sound and dependably repaired stock.

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Although I no longer offer this service, I am leaving the info available for your reference. Semi-custom stocks are those that I made working from semi-inletted blanks.  I referred to them as semi-custom because I had to work within the machined pattern’s design constraints that I was provided with.  Still, quite a number of features could generally be incorporated to make your stock a one-of-a-kind. 

Prices could vary a lot depending on what features and fittings were requested.

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Although I no longer offer this service, I am leaving the info available for your reference. There are some things that you just couldn't buy a semi-inletted stock blank for.  Stocking some of these weapons became a serious project.  Custom stocks were just that.  Every aspect of the stock could be built to your exact specifications.  It was very hard to provide firm prices on this kind of work, but I can present a few illustrated examples.

All Custom work was undertaken at my normal hourly shop rate.  Cutting corners and rushing the job was not how I work.  The cost would vary depending on your specifications and the features you choose to incorporate. 

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This is a collection of various types of projects that do not fit conveniently into any one of the previously listed categories of work that I do.  Some are larger, some are smaller, but all have proven to be worthwhile to the client.   This was not a feature on my original web site.

Follow this link to many more MISC. & RECHECKERING ONLY projects:

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This collection is meant to provide the viewer with a glimpse of something they might not ordinarily see.  What some unusual guns look like internally, how they were designed and are put together, or maybe how certain features were designed.  It is meant to maybe answer some questions and provide you with some ideas to help you develop or troubleshoot something on your own.  This was not a feature on my original web site.

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Many of my client’s have sent me photos of themselves either using a project that I had worked on for them, the result of a hunt using the project or of the project in a studio setting of some kind.  I was always grateful to see these and set up a special gallery so others could see these photos too.  This was not a feature on my original web site.

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Clicking on the link below will take you to the main page of my FLICKR web site, where you can get a look at all of the various ‘collections’ I have posted and then go into any that are of interest to you:

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