Hi Rob, You did a good job getting a nice even coat on there. You can get a set of Dem-Bart checkering tools to touch up the checkering afterward, as checkering usually doesn't have a "finish" applied to it. Just a sealer to darken the wood. All you need is the checkering tool that looks like an obtuse "V" and follow the lines. It will really touch up the appearance and add a lot of class to the rifle. It's very easy and I have done a bunch of stocks from touch ups to full checkering jobs. Once you get the hang of it you will start checkering EVERYTHING! Just follow the existing lines to sharpen the diamonds and it will be gorgeous. Enjoy the rifle! It will be a great Elk/Moose gun!