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Hello. My names payton and I was wondering if anybody knows of any nice and affordable checkering tools and where to purchase them at. Iím looking for the tools because i am wanting to get into checkering gunstocks and game calls. I looked around the internet and it seems like a set of tools is $100 or more. Iím looking for something cheaper just to make sure that I actually have enough patience to do it, but then again I want something that will last until I can build up the money to buy some tools that are more expensive. Thanks!


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Hello. My names payton and I was wondering if anybody knows of any nice and affordable checkering tools and where to purchase them at. Iím looking for the tools because i am wanting to get into checkering gunstocks and game calls. I looked around the internet and it seems like a set of tools is $100 or more. Iím looking for something cheaper just to make sure that I actually have enough patience to do it, but then again I want something that will last until I can build up the money to buy some tools that are more expensive. Thanks!


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You donít have to buy a set to experiment with checkering and you donít have to spend $100, but like anything, you can keep adding specialty tools until you spend more then youíd like. Check out Dem-Bart checkering tools.

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


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I agree with buying only a couple of cutters first, than add more later.
what you may find most helpful is the plastic templates available
that will give you consistent results in design and layout.
this artform is on my bucket list.
(google is your friend).

oh - start gathering hardwoods to practice on. shape them to where
they are cut and rounded like gun stocks and game call bodies.
DO NOT practice on pine and other soft woods. start with the wood that
you will be using the most. Maple, Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, IPE, etc.
practice practice practice and practice some more.
this is one of those things that when you make a mistake, there are not
too many options for you to back out of it.
when you get pretty good at it, you can buy old gun stocks and blanks
off the internet.
not just the carving: the filling, priming and finishing of the cut wood
is probably the most important of all. some projects will not allow you
to strip and refinish the whole gun stock. so you must fill and finish the
cut parts to match the existing wood.
so if you don't have any finishing experience, this could be a huge stumbling
block that must be dealt with.
MANY good videos on the internet on how to get started.
best of luck !!
please come back and post some projects as you go along.
even your first attempts and how they turned out.

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I got mine at Brownell's. Brand is Gunline Tools, Anaheim, CA; C-55 Series. Checkering is something that can't be rushed. I used to do checkering for a while. When I started losing my concentration, I would quit and start again later.
Buy quality first. Buying inexpensive/cheap is a waste of $$$, IMHO. You will end up buying the quality tools anyway.
Check with the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives). If you keep the entire firearm, you are required to log it in a record book. Used to do hobby gunsmithing and had to do this. Note that I had a Federal Firearms License. Again, check on this as you can get into a lot of hot water violating BATFE regulations. Anyone else have anything to add here?

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