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#583491 11/06/20 02:23 PM
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I will be working on recutting the checkering on my Parker GH fore end wood. Pattern still visible but worn smooth. Which checkering tools do I need? All advice welcome.

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If you have never done this before I would buy a basic checkering set from Brownells or Midway USA and practice cutting a straight line extensively then practice cutting straight parallel lines before even touching your Parker.

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Thanks. What do most folks use to hold the fore end in place and secure while working on the checkering? I have a stock checkering cradle but nothing to secure the fore end.

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To hold fore end I've used a 3/4 dowel with a flat area to hold fore end, use machine screw to to secure fore end to dowel. Cut it to the correct length to fit in checkering cradle.


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Any and all advice and insight on removing the stock from the frame on my Parker GH 1895 12g? This is a Parker with a #1 frame and barrels.



My winter project is to refurbish this fine old double just as I did with the Lefever G grade. The finish on this Parker is worn but in much better overall condition. I will be cleaning it up, removing or filling scratches and applying fresh finish. The wood is solid without any visible cracks or splits however I will check for any internal trouble when I get the metal separated from the wood. Barrels will be refinished.

I have not done anything to this Parker except put woodcock in the bag over the past 25 years. As always all advice and insight is kindly welcomed.


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This link to the Parker Gun Collectors will take you step by step through removing the stock. Follow it exactly and you’ll be fine. For a lot more Parker information go to Parkerguns.org and click on their FAC section. Worlds of topics and “how to” stuff.

http://www.parkerguns.org/pages/faq/StockRemoval.htm

I will add that Parker checkering was flat topped and should be kept that way. Just don’t cut it too deep and you’ll be fine. Restoring the rounded mullered border is a bit more difficult. I used a very small rat tailed needle file to recut it on mine. And keep the two lines beside it very shallow with your single line cutter. You might find yourself using a small triangular needle file to work on these lines as they curve. I am pretty sure Parker cut the round portion of the border with a very small gouge.


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Thanks for the replies. I need advice on building a cradle to hold the forend while working on the checkering. If you have suggestions or a photo or two to share that would be helpful. I have a supply of wood and fasteners and plan to make my own. My plan is to convert/modify my gun cleaning vise as the base to hold the cradle. I do not require a full checkering cradle as I do not do full stocks.

Here are a couple of photos of my Parker forend.




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Get some 1" or larger round stock. Flatten enough of one end to screw through the existing mounting holes. this will give you a firm connection and the round stock can be clamped in your vise jaws at any angle you want. Make sure you have good raking light to highlight the checkering as you progress

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