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Rockwell Rocks

April 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Pistol Grips, work is good

About six months ago or so I purchased a spindle sander, namely the Rockwell Shop Series RK9011 pictured here.  I had never purchased a Rockwell tool before but the price was right and it had the features I was wanting plus I was able to get it at the big box store down the road from my house.


I probably use this sander two to three times a week for shaping curved areas on grips or whatever I am working on at the time and overall I have been very happy with it.  It’s powerful enough to use on very hard woods without it bogging down or being overtaxed and is small enough that it fits into my workspace perfectly.  It even has a build in tool caddy for all the spindles and the wrench too!

Unfortunately though, it decided to die on me.  I was working on a set of revolver grips and had finished shaping the left side grips and was just beginning on the one for the right side when the sander went from it’s normal whirring sound to a grinding noise followed by smoke and the smell of wiring insulation burning.

I contacted the company to see what the warranty would cover and, to be honest, was expecting to be told to take it somewhere to have it looked at after I faxed them a receipt to prove that I actually bought it on the fifth Sunday in a month with a blue moon.  I work customer service for a company and have seen that kind of policy before – more about protecting the bottom line than taking care of the problem. Also, since it was a weekend I had to do it by email so to me that meant it would be days before I heard anything.

I was wrong.

I got a response from Rockwell on Monday simply asking what happened and the model and serial number of my sander, I sent a response and Tuesday my new sander was shipped out to me by FexEx.  It arrived on Saturday and I am back in business.

Like I said, I had never owned a Rockwell tool before, but with customer service like they have, it won’t be the last.

Oh, and I don’t think they are in anyway associated with this Rockwell


Launch Day

July 4th, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in Pistol Grips, webstuff

Attempted to launch by using Duplicator to move the site from the test server to the live.  Major fail.

Setting it all up manually now.

Murphy wins again.



As of 1338 hours, Rimfire Designs is live.

Three Days

July 1st, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Pistol Grips, webstuff

In three days the Rimfire site goes live.

I’m still wrestling with CSS coding, getting products shot and wondering if I can have it all done by then.

I guess I don’t need sleep.

Browning Grips

June 18th, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, Pistol Grips, pretty pictures

Now that I have finished making some stock of 1911 grips I have turned my attention back over to my Browning.  With the proper tools, and a little bit of experience under my belt now from setting up a process on the 1911’s, I actually found these were easier than before.

I stopped in at my local big box hardware store and the guy in the tool department was really helpful, after explaining to him that I was making pistol grips and expecting the look of disdain (side effect of California) I found out he made custom rifle stocks and we had a really good conversation about wood, tools and checkering patterns.  In the end he sent me home with this little routerTheir bandsaw blades might be crap, but this router is amazingly good.

So, I dove in and made some patterns, cut some wood, oiled it, burned it and stuck it on my pistol.

Here’s the results.

This set is made of Bubinga.  Love this wood, really hard, burns nicely and look great.  15 days till launch and a lot of work left to do, including finishing the shopping cart for the website.  Only minor stuff on that, but still – must be done!

I promise one day I will find the good camera when I need to take some shots.  I think my wife has it in the baby bag… maybe.



Thanks to Say Uncle for the link.  I will be launching my custom grip site Rimfire Designs on July 4th and will start by having 1911 and Browning grips.  I plan on expanding the selection quickly


June 3rd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Art stuff, Pistol Grips, pretty pictures

Since launch is just a month away, I thought I would show another teaser shot of what I have going on.

This is a combination of carving and wood burning.  The wood is Mahogany.  I like the contrast of dark and light on this and the burning brings out the carving really well.

Of course, any and all comments/critiques/criticisms are welcome.  I survived art school with my ego intact so don’t be afraid to be honest.

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)