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January 4th, 2012 | 7 Comments | Posted in Pistol Grips

So I have now started working on grips (as promised in my last posting about grip making) and so far I have demolished 12′ of 1×2″ fine grain pine and turned half of it into 1911 blanks while the other half it destined to become Hi-Power grips.  I also pulled out some padauk out that I had and cut that up too.

Right now I have ten sets of 1911’s in pine, two in Padauk, 8 sets of Hi-Power in pine and I’m working on the pattern for a Beretta 92.

Here is what I have learned so far.

1 – 1911 grips are sweet.  The flat back makes everything that much easier as opposed to the Hi-power ones where you have a multi-level back on the grip that has to be routered out just right or you won’t have a good fit and give lots of nice places for dirt, sweat and rust to get in much easier than it should.

2 – I like the Browning and Beretta Grips because the larger surface area gives a nice canvas for designs and textures.

3 – Power tools are awesome and drill bit stops are the bomb.  Nothing like precision to make everything look that much better.

4 – Padauk is seriously HARD!  Everything takes four times longer because it is so hard but the color of this wood is great.  It has a nice red-brown that would look good on dark or light frames.

5 – I’m gonna be buying more wood and setting a target of March as my ‘up and running’ date.  All that is left is the wood burning tools and that will come from the tax returns (the rest will go in the bank)

So hopefully in March I’ll have it all set to go; website, business cards, some inventory to sell, customers to make happy, the whole shebang.

New year, new chapter  😀