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Old 01-13-2015, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by jfraz3 View Post
Question for you guys :

Would you start out on a flat hunk of wood to practice on?
Or dive in on a rifle stock that is just laying around?

I know Therocky on here got started a couple years ago on a rifle that he donated to a friend, it looked great when I seen it
My son had the only Sheridan Pellet rifle with a fully checkered wrap-around pattern in Racine, WI (the first home of Sheridan rifles) back when I was practicing on anything I could lay my hands on. My wife had a set of those olive wood forks and spoons that you mix salads and other stuff with that were checkered at 20 lines-per-inch. So, what I'm trying to impart here, is practice on something that has some of the contours of a rifle stock. I emphatically do NOT recommend that you practice any sort of checkering on unfinished wood. It's too dang frustrating because the cutters follow and wander off straight, unless you have a flat surface with a hard finish applied. I learned that long ago, so don't put yourself through that aggravation. Any type of wood can be checkered, even balsa wood, but, once again, apply a finish to not only seal the pores in the wood, but to have the finish penetrate into the wood so you get sharp, crisp diamonds as an end result of your efforts. Checkering and practice takes time, don't waste that time.
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