Stock Making and Checkering Services

gunstock duplicator machine

I built this duplicator a few years ago to replace my original duplicator built by Don Allen of Dakota Arms Company. My original machine was used to cut hundreds of stocks over the years. Don's machine was limited in capacity and used a standard router motor. Considering it was purchased in the 1980's, some of the features that I incorporated were not available at the time. This machine features a 4KW 400 VAC CNC router motor controlled by a VFD. The capacity is 14" in diameter and 53" long directly (66" if I flip the work). My design follows Don's original design as I couldn't improve on it except as noted. I can usually hold 0.03" which is fine for sanding and scraping to precisely inlet the metal work.

If you want to supply your own pattern for duplicating, contact me to learn what is required to mount your pattern and stock blank.

Guitar builders note; 14" is enough to handle a Strat or Les Paul body.

Purpose Built Single Spindle Gunstock Duplicator
carving stocks steps
Roughing out a 1 piece rifle stock: pattern up front, copy in back. From left to right: factory stock, modified for shooter, carved, and finished ready for checkering
ruger 1 rifle remington stock
Ruger #1 in English Walnut
ruger stocks
Ruger # 1 completed oil finish, Ready to be checkered. Metal needs to polished and blued

Remington 700, 28 Nosler, carved from Claro walnut and features an ebony tip and skeleton grip cap, high gloss hand rubbed oil finish; ready for checkering.

checker rem pistol
Remington 700, 28 Nosler, forend checkering in process Remington 700, 28 Nosler right side panel outline and master lines scribed lightly and ready to start checkering.
checkering a custom stock

Remington 700 28 Nosler with the forend lay out completed and ready for pointing up. The left side pistol grip panel outline and master lines scribed lightly and ready for checkering. You can see the ribbon in the forend; a similar ribbon will be cut in the pistol grip panels. This is my fifth checkering cradle and definitely my best one. The spar is 6061 aluminum. I machined the blued steel end supports and mid clamp on a Sodick VL400Q Wire EDM machine. The Wilton power arm allows me to place the stock in any position making my life easier. You’ll note some of my basic checkering tools and electric checkering machine. The LED lamp is clamped through the spar slots and can be moved where needed to give just the right shadow across the checkering to illuminate the points. Having it affixed to the spar allows me to reposition the spar keeping the illumination constant.

If you would like a copy of the forend pattern, a full size pdf drawing is available: HERE