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Missed it by THAT Much!

January 10th, 2012 | 5 Comments | Posted in Pistol Grips

OR “What a Beautiful Mistake”

So, as some of you are aware, I have started on the path to teach myself how to make custom grips.  I have tools (bandsaw, drill press, sander and various hand tools), I have skills (classically trained artist and designer), and I have wood (both hard and soft varieties).

What I don’t have is experience at making gun grips so I decided to start off the smart way with a bunch of reading, book buying and working on pine instead of something more expensive and so far that has been working out OK.  I cut out about 10 blanks for 1911 grips and began shaping and forming them into 1911 grips.

I used a set of 1911 grips that I had purchased as my pattern and marked the drill holes and then drilled, shaped and sanded until the looked right.  There were some flaws with angles and I still have the mag release notch and safety notch to cut out on the set, but overall I was pleased so I decided that I should try it on hardwood so I could figure out any changes I would need to do because of the material hardness.

So, after roughing out five sets in pine I pulled out the good stuff and went to work.  here’s the results.

Unfinished and without the bevels on the top and bottom, nor the cutouts required.  This set I sanded down to 400 grit sandpaper, normally I’ll take it to 800.  But the reason this set, my very first hardwood set, will never get finished?

The screw holes are off.

By just about 1mm.

Yep.  So, now I have ordered a second and third 15/32nd punch so I can clamp my pattern grip to the wood set both punches at the same time and make sure that the are not off at all.

If at first you don’t succeed….