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CitoriFeather16
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:32 pm  Reply with quote
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I build bamboo fly rods and I want to put a wood grip on my next rod. I don't know how to checker a stock or a fly rod handle. Any recommendations who I can send it too?

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Riflemeister
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:59 pm  Reply with quote
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The guy I have doing my checkering is Clint Meier. He does great work and has very good turnaround time on his work. The picture is his work on a custom stocking job on one of my 16 ga SXS's.

http://www.cgm-gunstockcheckering.com/frame.htm


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CF16 , are you trying to checker hard wood or cork . Hardwood is usually finished HARD 1st and then checkered , cork is too soft . Used to build rods , can't picture what you want to do .

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jschultz
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:38 am  Reply with quote



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At one time I considered checkering my wood fly rod handles, but discovered that the shape of the handles was sufficient to keep the rods from slipping even when wet. I also think that checkering would diminish the natural beauty of the wood.

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JPM98VMI
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:58 am  Reply with quote



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Larry Potterfield offers some demonstrations in his videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/MidwayUSA/search?query=checkering
Hope this is helpful.
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CitoriFeather16
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:24 am  Reply with quote
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Thanks all for the replies. The handle will be walnut.

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kgb
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:24 am  Reply with quote
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The handles will feel a bit smaller after checkering, I'd say ask any potential checkerer about that aspect before taking the step.

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WyoChukar
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Use thinned epoxy (thin like water) for the first two coats for good penetration then fully and completely finish with more epoxy until grain is completely filled, especially the end grain, or you will eventually experience moisture problems.

Walnut is not the best choice for dealing with water. There are many beautiful choices that will stand up better. Anything from the rosewood family is going to be fairly forgiving but tough to checker (go real coarse like 16-18 lpi). Rosewood tends to repel finishes other than epoxy too.

One option is to use acrylic stabilized wood which is pretty much 100% vacuum or pressure impregnated with epoxy to avoid moisture issues. Then you could even use a burl.

One problem you will find with the checkering is that once completed, a final application of thinned epoxy will be applied and protection from water may be compromised as the high points wear. Adding thick finish may protect better but then it won't look or feel very great. Once again, acrylic stabilized wood goes a long way toward eliminating the problem.

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Lignum Vitae (sp) is as naturally water proof as it gets so dense it sinks. Hop Hornbean is Iron Wood also water proof. Hard as the hobs.

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WyoChukar
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:24 am  Reply with quote



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Having carved ironwoods, not sure I would want to checker them! Sure pretty though.

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Ray-citori
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CF16, I'd like to see some of your bamboo rods, post some pictures. I may never own one but I sure like the looks of them.
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MaximumSmoke
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Man, you certainly have made some beauties there, J.Schultz. My heartiest compliments!

Cheers!
Tony
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Rick O
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:01 pm  Reply with quote
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...Les Pittman is right down the 15 in Phelan, CA and he like s to fish and he sure knows how to checker a stock...

Maybe worth a jingle.
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Ray-citori
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MaximumSmoke wrote:
Man, you certainly have made some beauties there, J.Schultz. My heartiest compliments!

Cheers!
Tony

My apologies, MR Schultz, should have mentioned it. Those are some beautiful rods. Embarassed
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jschultz
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Tony, thank you. Ray, no problem and thank you.
Below is a better pick of some of my rods.
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