Stock Patcher

Repair defective or damaged wooden gunstocks and forearms.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Stock Patchers do?

Repairs defective or damaged wooden gunstocks and forearms: Trims outline of holes, cracks, chips, and splintered sections to form seat for patch, using punches, chisels, and hammers. Selects wood of matching grain and color and shapes wedges or dowels to form patch, using knives, files, benchsaw, and sanding wheel. Brushes patch with adhesive and positions it in seat. Places patched section between pole plates of heating machine to set adhesive. Trims patch flush with stock surface. Melts stick shellac into scratches, patched section, dents, and blemishes to fill damaged areas, using soldering iron or heated file. Removes excess shellac from repaired area, using sandpaper. May attach specified bakelite cap or ebony tip on stock.

Should I be a Stock Patcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Boat Patcher, Plastic, Patcher-Wood Welder, Repatcher

    How to become a Stock Patcher

    Stock Patchers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Stock Patcher-related education!
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