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Old 03-20-2017, 12:04 PM
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I'm finally finishing off a project I started a few years ago- a cherry Fingergroove pattern stock that was originally CNC machined thanks to Mike Turner. Here's a link to the start: http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...d.php?t=563688

After adding the ebony grip cap and buttplate, and then checkering the buttplate, this stock hung around while I worked on other projects and I debated over just finishing it or going ahead and checkering the grips and fore-end. Well one thing led to another and the stock was on my checkering cradle. The cherry felt softer than the walnut I'm used to cutting and I struggled with runovers but otherwise it went fine. It was my first time trying to directly replicate another checkering pattern, aside from this one I've drawn them all from scratch. I finished the stock using Waterlox gloss finish.

























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Now THAT is gorgeous!

Nice work and workmanship all round.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:11 PM
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Thanks SailDesign!

Here's the stock when I first got it, you can see the tool path left from the CNC machine. Was easy to sand flat and the symmetry from side to side was perfect. The inletting was razor sharp and flawless.









After smoothing here was the stock with a chunk from the board I made the blank from.







Then the grip and buttplate were added.









Followed by checkering the buttplate.









Adding finish for the first time.



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I didn't take any progress photos while scratching up the fore-end but here's that pattern with the photo I used to replicate the original checkering.







Now the grip checkering. This was trickier to lay out.





















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Made a fixture out of 2x4 scraps, foam, and a couple of long bolts with wing nuts to hold the stock while checkering the buttplate. This is wayyy better than how I had it held together when first scratching on the butt.









Taped over the checkering patterns for finishing.





Some pics of the completed stock again.













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Wow from UK...

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Very nice work, and I do like the look of a finger groove stock.
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See loads of beauties here on RFC. Most are not what I would like for myself.

That one is PERFECT!

If I was rolling in dough I would make you an offer you couldn't refuse for it.
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Nice work! Thanks for posting the story and pics!
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Another example of your fine work, Evan. Thank you for sharing.........
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Evan, until I saw that stock I was never really a fan of Cherry for stock wood. I'm thinking it was mostly because most of them were poorly executed and finished. However, that stock has changed my mind- it is executed perfectly. It even took me a bit to realize it was a laminated piece as I was so mesmerized by the wood grain and finish.

Very nice work.

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What finish did you use? It is beautiful.
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Evan, until I saw that stock I was never really a fan of Cherry for stock wood. I'm thinking it was mostly because most of them were poorly executed and finished. However, that stock has changed my mind- it is executed perfectly. It even took me a bit to realize it was a laminated piece as I was so mesmerized by the wood grain and finish.

Very nice work.

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Thanks Bob, I hadn't made a stock for cherry yet and am happy with how it turned out.

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What finish did you use? It is beautiful.
Thanks, I used Waterlox gloss finish. Thinned with mineral spirits and applied with foam brushes.
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Absolutely superb -- as always! There are craftsmen and artists -- I think you got both nailed!

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Absolutely superb -- as always! There are craftsmen and artists -- I think you got both nailed!

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And a gentleman to boot. Looking at the pics has given me my needed dose of warm and fuzzy.
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