How To: Inlet an ebony forend tip using only hand tools

Inlet an ebony forend tip using only hand tools

After gluing a piece of ebony onto the forend of a rifle stock, the next step is to trim away the excess and inlet the barrel channel. Larry Potterfield, CEO and Founder of MidwayUSA, demonstrates the inletting process in this video. He starts by trimming off all of the excess material with a fine tooth wood saw, and after marking the centerline of the barrel channel, he cuts the channel to depth in the tip using a round bastard file. A sharp chisel or barrel channel inletting tool can be used to open the channel to the desired diameter. As he gets close, inletting gold is applied to the barrel so that any contact points between the barrel and the forend tip can be scraped away.

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