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Leaving on a Jet Plane…

May 22nd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Family Stuff, It's all about me, ramblings

In just a few hours we will be flying east to Ohio to visit the in-laws for a week.

Not looking forward to the granny gropers at the airport.

If you see a news story about a man going medieval on some TSA jackass after his son or wife was groped and fondled, that will probably be me. Send bail money please.

Frustration and Choices

April 22nd, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in It's all about me, Pistol Grips, webstuff

So I’m busy-busy setting up the Rimfire website and have run into a fork in the road that I was not expecting (well, in a way I was, but not in the way I thought… I guess).

I have two ways to go on this site, I can set it up in WordPress and then use a plugin to make a shopping cart but the problem is that I am not a WordPress person – well, except for this site, so making modifications, theme adjustments and the tweaks to have it look just the way I want is going to be a lot of work (reading, learning, trial and error) that in all reality, I would just as soon dodge.

Other option is that I do the site in HTML, which is much more up my alley, and then put a WordPress folder in for the blog.  This would mean that any blog post I do would then have to be manually updated on the homepage with the new post information and create more work that way – which I would also like to avoid.

I’m not lazy, I just would really like to spend my time making grips instead of website updates.

Any thoughts or suggestions on the subject would be appreciated.



Teaser shot of the home page (click to embiggen)

Light Blogging

April 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted in It's all about me, Pass the ammo, Pistol Grips

Heavy grip making.

Now that I have about 25 sets of full size 1911’s finished out and ready to be textured, burned and finished, I decided to switch gears and work on revolvers.  Specifically the SP101 my wife has.

So, now I am chopping up more pine to test with, working on angles for the grip and finger positions, and generally having a good ol’ time of it.  I’m making a standard grip right now with a middle finger grip and once I have the basic design down I am making a special set for my wife.  Since her fingers are very small (she wears a size 4 ring) I am making the finger groves smaller to fit her hand.

I’m thinking of offering that as an option as well – something like, you send a tracing of your hand and I fit the grips to it.  It’s would need to be more accurate that that I think, but general idea.

Anyway, here is where the new design is at right now.

Yep, there’s still a ways to go on them, but I’m making good progress.

A Workspace for Instinct

March 6th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in It's all about me, ramblings

This is a post to give praise to a very good company – 2×4 basics

I needed a worktable to hold my various power tools and began looking around at what I could get.  My brother, master of overkill that he is, pulled out a book of worktable designs that had drawers, hinged lift tables for your tools and wheels so you can roll the whole thing around in case you want to cut something on the tablesaw while watching TV in the living room (or at least that’s what I thought having wheels would be good for).

Anyway, what I ended up finding was 2×4 basics worktable at Amazon.  It comes with the four legs you need, some additional shelf brackets and all the screws. for about $65.00, not too bad.  I added about $85 worth of lumber to the mix (7 – 10′ 2×4 and 2 sheets of 8×4′ plywood ripped to 8×2′).

The legs are made out of a high impact material and the screw holes are set so you do not screw in at a 90 degree angle but instead at a 45 degree, which helps improve the strength of the unit.

As you can see, I used some small c-clamps that I have on hand to hold the frame together while I drilled pilot holes and then screwed it all down.  This  is a one man job if you want, sure with two people it would be easier, but since the wife was taking care of the offspring when I got started (bath and nap time) I went at it alone with much grunting and pounding of chest.

Once the two long sides were together I adding in the short brace arms

The short side screws went in the same way, and with the 45 degree angle, they were rock solid even hanging free like this.

Assembly after this stage went quickly.  I put on the other short side arms and then placed the plywood shelving on the bottom two shelves.  Once that was done I attached the second long side to the rest of the frame and finished screwing it together.  What makes it so easy is  that the legs have small support shelves for the braces so you can just set the brace, clamp it, drill through the pre-drilled holes on the legs and the insert screws.

Honestly the only way it could have been easier is if I had an indentured teenager to do it all for me while I drank a beer, but that’s still a few years off.

With the frame completed all that was left was to place the top shelf on and add power tools.  The top shelf has one component that the other shelves don’t.  With it, you put one last 2×4 in at a diagonal to give additional support. This one just sets into the legs with no screws required.  Once that was place- on went the top and I was essentially done.

Now, I did go outside the instruction sheet ( I won’t say manual because it was a sheet of illustrations without any words) and screwed down every shelf to the 2x4s for additional support, and also to keep the shelf from bowing up an not giving a flat surface.

Total time to put it all together, a little over an hour or so but I was taking my time and in no rush.  I still have one 8×2′ piece of plywood leftover so now I am thinking of cutting it in half an making myself a 4’x2′ two shelf finishing bench.

All in all, if you need a good, solid, basic workbench, I don’t think you can go wrong with this product.  I give it two thumbs up.

Mr Gov. Man – I PAID for this product and no one gave me anything to talk about it.  Now go bother someone else for a while.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

January 26th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in It's all about me, Pistol Grips, work is good

As Linoge over at Walls of the City (which should have been on my blog roll a long time ago) noted, I am now venturing into making custom grips.  I actually got going in this direction because my wife has tiny hands and she was not happy with the grips on her revolver.  Me, being the kind of guy I am, looked at it and decided that it was silly that I should buy some grips that would still be too large when I can just make them myself.  So, here we are.

I am currently assembling the last of the equipment I need which will eat up about $800 (wonder if there are any venture capitalists out there wanting to throw me money….)

Anyway, once all that is taken care of and I have a proper workstation and tools I will begin production on some 1911, Hi-Power, Beretta and even a Ruger SP101 set of grips. These are what I am starting with because they are the pistols I have available.  I will probably be able to get hold of a Model 60 and do some S&W grips too,

If anyone has a special request for a set, feel free to let me know, I am always open to expanding my range of skills and I will back my work with a 100% money back guarantee.  I plan to be up and running by March and as things get closer I’ll let you know about the website, product designs and what I have available in inventory for immediate sale (I’m positive that this will include some full and compact 1911 grips as well as some Brownings).

I look forward to putting some work into your hands very soon.

New Tool

November 22nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Art stuff, It's all about me, Pistol Grips

Got this new tool the other day to aid with my grip making

Digital Calipers.  Now I can get some very precise measurements for those grips that don’t have a simple flat back on them and instead have weird lips and levels – like the ones on my Browning.

At the end of the month I’ll also be picking up a nice tabletop drill press and bandsaw.  I’ll also be ordering the wood-burning (aka – pyrographic)  tools that I need as well as the chip carving tools.

My goal is that by new years I have the website done (I have to learn about online shopping carts and payment methods/costs) and by March I have some product to offer and also be ready to do custom orders as well.

I always thought that when I went to art school I would end up doing animation.  That’s what I focused on and all my classes were for, but now I am finding that all those classes have instead sent me in the direction of custom grips and woodworking.  I now use my computer modeling skills to model out a grip design so I can have a 3D look at it before I attempt to make it because many times what looks good in 2D doesn’t work in 3D.  Of course, many times what looks good in 3D doesn’t work in the real world either.

I am still going to finish my thesis – I have been stalling on it and that is a bad thing, but I am very excited to be working with my hands again.