Thanks again for your help. This book contains seven patterns for each of the carvings. Ordinarily the shooter is going to rest his piece on something that will not harm even checkering, but sooner or later, and usually sooner, when rest shooting is done, the under side of the fore end is going to come in contact with that which was unintended. Their service seemed quick and reasonable in prices, too. I will second the suggestion to get and read Monte Kennedy's book, it is a bit dated, but the basics are there. However, in the German speaking countries it is quite popular.
It has always been hard for me to make a choice between the practical advantages of No. Another variety is skip line or French checkering. Would the red oak be a good wood to practice on? All of my cutting is to pull back, never pushing. If you try to cut deep aligned with shallow, or shallow aligned with deep, you can easily upset the spacing. If you want 14 rows of checker diamonds per inch you need a double cutter head made for that spacing. Yeah, I hear a howl of protest, but I am sticking to my guns.
I doubt that the actual workmanship is noticeably improved, but I believe layout, design and conformity of panel to stock lines are more pleasing. My cradle sets by a 4 × 6 foot North window that gives me the best light ever, regardless of season. I played around with checkering tools enough to know that I will need a lot of practice to get good at it. Because of the flat tops the figure of the wood is less obstructed by it. The results depend a lot on the finish of the wood, but I was totally excited over the results of the White-tail deer.
Hard cover is yellow with brown lettering on front and spine. It is your child and we will make a good job of it either way. I don't have any interests in guns or hunting, or power carving. You will find that you are not working with a finished product so much as observing shadows. There are several types of checkering that can be applied to a gunstock; however, the most popular is the sharp crested diamond, length about 3½ times its width.
The uppermost wood with pin is a sort of scriber, that was used to mark the edges of the checkering so they run parallel with the barrel channel top line of the stock. Robert I learned most of what did, the hard way. European approach to checkering was a lot more practical. Because it is the most common, popular and practical, and the easiest to do, let us confine ourselves at the present time to that type. Not bad looking, is it? A tiny V-gouge can be useful, but those for wood-carvers I have seen on the market are too big, perhaps not to make the cut, but to see clearly where you are doing it. The checkering is not sharp so it does not offer as much grip.
In this case a Gunline tool. You will also like to use some type of magnification to view your work. Maybe I'll check around to see if anyone has any old gunstocks they don't want so I can practice on them. Back then, it was done by hand. And be it straight linseed oil or a combination of oil and spar varnish, we want the pores well filled and the finish cut down to the surface of the wood. Any other woods: basswood, aspen, maple? I bought a beginner's set from Herters 50 years ago. The people that own the house now probably have no idea they own a priceless work of craftsmanship.
. Brownell's used to carry them; but recently discontinued them. Made in the days when labour was relatively cheap and people still had the patience to spend countless hours on the perfect execution of very complex checkering patterns. If it winds up with a diamond-shaped cross section, so what? When I received the patterns i had picked out, I applied the decals on my rifle stock; then started to cut on the pattern lines and followed the directions. To get the most out of that statement, take a peek at some of the Kraut jobs that often have a double bead that still covers runovers about as well as a Banty hen trying to mother a brood of Plymouth Rocks. In the English literature, checkering is often spelled 'chequering'.
Well, that is not just happen so or because of a big rush; not laziness either. It is quite important to use it to mark each line shallow, from a shallow line. Get one of the magnifying optivisors, your eyes will thank you. I'd really like to hear them. I didn't catch where you are from but around here boat builders is the place to go to get nice pieces of wood.
Take your magnifying glass to this job and note the many runovers at the ends of the lines—some of which were not quite covered up. I reckon its replacement is at least half gone by now. The space within the panel is filled up with checkering. One of the two masterlines is still visible in the lower corner on the left of the picture. To wick perspiration away from the hands during shooting and as decoration. Mallard Engraving and White-tail Deer are two examples of this style of carving techniques. My argument against the 60° work is that the diamonds formed are too high if they have been brought to a point in proportion to the size of their base, making them more vulnerable to breakage, then they wear down too easily.