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January 4th, 2012 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  😀

7 Responses to “Observations”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    I’m very excited to see what you have done here. The previews I’ve seen are awesome

  2. Instinct Says:

    Well, found out that my first attempt came out looking pretty good until I tried a test fit. One of the holes was drilled about 1mm off so they would not fit.

    Going to try again 😀

  3. Evyl Robot Michael Says:

    FREAKING SWEET! Now, we need to get some DA revolvers in your mitts so you can start prettifying S&Ws.

  4. Instinct Says:

    Yeah, I think I could come up with something in an Evyl Robot kind of grip

  5. DirtCrashr Says:

    Cool and good luck with that! I might be able to dig up some interesting Black Acacia wood (aka N.American Koa) from my dad’s pile if that sounds interesting. Also hard stuff – it’s been drying (and hardening) for twenty years or so.
    Need some Sig P220 grips to copy? I have plastic spares.

  6. Instinct Says:

    That would be AWESOME DC!!! Both the grips and the wood!

  7. DirtCrashr Says:

    I’ll see what I can find in the garage, 1911 grips shouldn’t be too hard to eak-out of a small bit of timber.
    I put slim-grips on my P220 ST and it needed them, so the old ones are unnecessary. Thanks for the Addy, it took a moment of dithering around Oldheimers before I figured it out. 😉

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