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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Definitions aren't necessary carved in stone, so to speak. They sometimes vary a little from person to person...but generally speaking:
-"In the white" is a gun that's done except for stain/finish on the wood and whatever metal finish/treatment is to be applied. All file/scraper/sanding work is done on all materials and surfaces. Carving is done. No material removal is necessary.
-Precarved stocks are ROUGHLY shaped to mimic the style (Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, etc) that they are for. Often a specific barrel is inlet to them. Sometimes a lock mortise is cut, sometimes not. These have the very rough appearance of a rifle, but lots of wood is left that needs to be removed, and lots of tasks left to do to make it a working rifle.
-"Plank" is just that.... a square-ish slab of wood. That's all. No inlets for anything. No shaping. You'll need a bandsaw to rough out the profile and slab off large pieces of wood once the project is laid out, then you'll still have tons of material removal to go before you're "in the white."
So, for kits...MOST are precarved stocks with all the parts needed bundled together. So barrel, lock, trigger, brass parts (buttplate, trigger guard, pipes, nose cap, side plate, etc), sights, tenons, etc included, but all has to be fitted/assembled.
The exception is the kit from Jim Kibler mentioned in this thread. That is a near "bolt it together" kit that then would be "in the white" with very little work (comparatively) to get there.