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#501349 - 01/12/18 12:37 PM Mullered borders
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Can anyone here recommend a good hand tool for cutting mullered borders? Comments on technique or any other advice would be most welcome.
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#501371 - 01/12/18 05:03 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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W.E. Brownells used to sell a cutter insert for their handles called Concave in a few sizes. I have one ? Size and don't know if they still offer?
I use a carbide wheel in my electric hand-piece from defunct Carbide Checkering Tools to rough cut. Finish with Concave hand tool. Finish cut ends with small gouge, when two borders meet cut to making V groove with a ridge line down the middle.
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#501372 - 01/12/18 05:27 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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I checked, the wheel is about .050" wide and the hand insert about .070" wide. I use replaceble X-acto knife type gouge (and veiner) inserts I buy at the University bookstore.
Joel Schafer has a whole chapter on Mullered Borders in his book, The Final Touch (highly recommended!).


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#501560 - 01/14/18 02:00 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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Steven, Thanks for your help here. PS: My new French rasp is fun to use.
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#501561 - 01/14/18 02:11 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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Originally Posted By: SDH-MT
when two borders meet cut to making V groove with a ridge line down the middle.


I think I know what you mean by that, Steven, but do you have a pic that would illustrate it?

Thanks, SRH
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#501684 - 01/15/18 04:59 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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Stan,
There are numerous close-up photos of this in my book Custom Rifles in Black & White. My own examples on pages 80 and 87 an another of Ed Webber's on page 155.

If you are an aficionado of custom gunmaking you should have this book, PM me or go to amazon.com to purchase.

Bill, I'm delighted that you are enjoying the rasp!
The 7" Modeler's is proving to be great fun to use reported by many, especially for comb nose, cheekpieces and for detail shaping~~~
SDH


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#501728 - 01/15/18 08:11 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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Steven, I have your book CUSTOM SHOTGUNS, but not the one on custom rifles. Not much of a rifle guy anymore. Thanks anyway.

SRH
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#501847 - 01/16/18 02:05 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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I really think a mullered border adds a lot of "class" to any point type checkering job.

I remember when perfectly executed borderless checkering patterns were all the rage in custom rifles & borders were looked upon as a means of covering up checkering runovers. Although there may be a bit of truth in this I always thought a point pattern looked "naked" w/o a border & a perfectly executed mullered border isn't exactly a cover up for runovers.


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#501851 - 01/16/18 02:39 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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I'm completely lost,,,,Back up stairs to finish some checkering.....

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#501852 - 01/16/18 02:44 PM Re: Mullered borders [Re: rocky mtn bill]
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I completely agree that checkering benefits from borders the same way a picture does from a frame. Of all borders I think the mullered one is best.
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