Home Made Grips!


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xxjumbojimboxx
June 19, 2013, 04:51 AM
Just started the process of making my own grips! I'm very excited about it!.. Ive never done this before, and am also not very experienced with wood working aside from some of the stocks Ive refinished. Im using some pretty cheap wood right now as this si my first pair and Im more concerned with shaping and honing my ability at this point. Right now im in the the early stages and have just about got them sized. The rest of the sizing and shaping will happen probably tommorow, and i may try my hand at doing some simple hand carving from a home made stencil or something. Then Ill drill the holes (with a sink for the screws) and finish! I'll post pix as I go but I'd love some of y'alls input If you're willing to be helpful! Please be nice I've never dont this before!..Admins if this is in the wrong place please move it... I'm pretty sure this is where it should go though... Heres my first pic, The basic shape.

http://s17.postimg.org/zaggle5cr/CAM00205.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/zaggle5cr/)

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xxjumbojimboxx
June 19, 2013, 04:55 AM
Im wondering about how to achieve the bit of curvature that most grips have... would it be safe to use a sander and down down an angle as if i were cutting a triangle (not so far of course) into the peice and sand it down by hand to finish?

Longhorn 76
June 19, 2013, 07:50 AM
I take a piece of PVC and cut it lengthwise. Then glue sandpaper to the inner curve. This gives me a uniform curve on both grip panels.

jaguarxk120
June 19, 2013, 10:39 AM
For material you can get sme Corian counter top material, it comes in different colors. A white or off white will look just like ivory, same thing on Patton's Colt 45's.

xxjumbojimboxx
June 19, 2013, 01:21 PM
Great idea! I like it... Thanks!

rcmodel
June 19, 2013, 01:43 PM
I'd suggest drilling and countersinking the blocks before shaping.

It's pretty easy to screw up all that work drilling them after they are shaped.

It's also pretty easy to shape them down too much and not have enough grip thickness left for countersinking.

If they are drilled and countersunk to fit the bushings first, you have the countersink holes as a guide to know where you have to stop shaping and still have enough grip left.

rc

xxjumbojimboxx
June 19, 2013, 02:04 PM
Heheheh, RCmodel where were you yesterday! :) i went to drill the holes about 15 minutes ago... No joy.. I messed it allll up! I need different bits too. I have carbide bits for steel... I figured i could get away with them... i figured wrong! The picture is where i stopped. Because theres no point in going at this pair anymore.. they're complete trash now :) But I'm having fun. I get feeling all my pistols are going to have a custom pair of jumbojimbo grips in the near future :)

http://s7.postimg.org/ed6s2lzvb/Stop_Crap.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/ed6s2lzvb/)

xxjumbojimboxx
June 19, 2013, 02:18 PM
for countersinking would you recommend paddle bits?

rcmodel
June 19, 2013, 08:47 PM
Forstner bits.

They drill flat bottom holes, and don't splinter out the top surface.

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/forsbit.htm

5/16" size should do ya for 1911 grip screws.
http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/5_16-Forstner-Bit/productinfo/244-5160/

rc

xxjumbojimboxx
June 20, 2013, 12:35 AM
I used a 5/16 paddle on the next ones... went real slow.. no added stress drilled fine.. ill have pix up befor ei apply a finish

xxjumbojimboxx
June 20, 2013, 01:31 AM
Ahhh, see i didnt know Id have to sink both sides of the grip!, theyll work... Im staining now as im an impatient moron.

xxjumbojimboxx
June 20, 2013, 01:48 AM
Yes and the wood i was using was very soft, easy to break! Anyone have any suggestions on some good quality wood that will hold up?

1SOW
June 20, 2013, 02:48 AM
I did about the same with 1/4" aluminum.
Cut to outside shape and size, and then drilled holes and did countersinks with a router bit.
I used a router to hollow the inside for mag clearance on my guns.
The outside I drew curved lines for shape references and filed until close and then sanded with several grits to 600. Then polished with compound.
Good mirror "BLING".:D

I also made a pair using the same methods (minus polishing) with Mahogany.
Not bad, just couldn't get decent checkering by hand. needed proper tools.

xxjumbojimboxx
June 20, 2013, 04:00 AM
Ive been googling hard these last few hours. There are some truley amazing wood specimens out there.

Im certain i need more practice. And more appropriate tools. For instance, Right now im using a hand held belt sander to sand all my wood to size, so the angles arent ::perfect:: The only thing i really messed up the second time around wan not knowing i had to synch both sides of the grip for the screw and the .. uh... nut? Haha. If i knew that in advance i would not have been so liberal the first go around... They look okay though.. Im doing them sedona red. Not dark though.... Just enouhh to know its there :) Four coats.... Staining take patience. Clear coating takes even more... I have 0 patience.... Hehehe Maybe ill just have to make a WHOLE bunch of sets so while im doing one step i can do it all at once and by the time im done ill be ready for the next step and start all over again... ADD.

xxjumbojimboxx
June 20, 2013, 02:24 PM
Done... Not bad for a first time around i think....

One before and two afters.


http://s7.postimg.org/gm93af3y3/Before.jpg

http://s22.postimg.org/9ap0zl5q9/After2.jpg

http://s23.postimg.org/ouv141bcb/After1.jpg

xxjumbojimboxx
June 21, 2013, 02:24 AM
Heh, i just realized these grips look pink.. theyre not! hah theyre winwax sedona red!

v8stang289
June 21, 2013, 11:44 PM
They don't look too bad and appear to be perfectly functional. You'll get better with each set you make, and nice wood makes a world of difference in the finished product.

You can get decent wood fairly cheap on ebay. I got a 12"x18"x1/4" piece of maple for less than $10 (not a lot of figure but nice looking). I recently made my first set of grips as well. I drew the shape on the wood and then cut it out the basic shape with a jig saw. Then I drilled and counter-sank the holes for the grip screws. I screwed the grip blanks to a small board to use as a handle while sanding, and radiused and rough shaped the grips using a belt sander. Final sanding and shaping was done by hand. They aren't perfect but they didn't turn out too bad. I'd like to get into checkering but that is an art form. Making stuff for your guns is fun.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/v8stang289/knife/7eb134d5-90d1-438f-bf3e-54392b2beacf_zps3b684a8e.jpg

rcmodel
June 22, 2013, 01:04 AM
xxjumbojimboxx
More constructive criticism from me.

Your grips look passable for a first attempt.
But you might want to look at the factory grips for the end to end taper, and side to side rounded profile that fits the hand of most folks much better.
"Thin is In" for most peoples hands on 1911 grips!

Your grips are still flat planks, with 45 degree beveled edges.
Your mag release and MS housing pin cuts could be better done and closer to the moving parts that need to clear them.
Use a small 1/4" Sanding drum or carbide bur on a Dremel to cut them after you know where they have to be cut. Then don't cut them any larger then they need to be cut.

You will also notice the factory 1911 grips are tapered from end to end lengthwise.
And rounded side to side across the grips.
Try to copy that taper and rounding.

v8stang289 has made a first set of grips that anyone should be proud of!
Except maybe the grip screws stick out of the grips too far, and the holes are just a tad off?

Here are some I have made.

Walnut, Walnut, Laotian Rosewood, and Elephant Ivory.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/HomemadeGrips.jpg

rc

xxjumbojimboxx
June 22, 2013, 01:46 AM
I think this will remain a prevelent hobby

SkyBehind
June 22, 2013, 01:49 AM
For a durable finish, try super glue. It dries quickly and can be polished to a mirror finish. If highly polishes it looks like glass.

Do multiple costs and don't blow on it (it will turn white).

xxjumbojimboxx
June 22, 2013, 07:16 PM
xxjumbojimboxx
More constructive criticism from me.

Your grips look passable for a first attempt.
But you might want to look at the factory grips for the end to end taper, and side to side rounded profile that fits the hand of most folks much better.
"Thin is In" for most peoples hands on 1911 grips!

Your grips are still flat planks, with 45 degree beveled edges.
Your mag release and MS housing pin cuts could be better done and closer to the moving parts that need to clear them.
Use a small 1/4" Sanding drum or carbide bur on a Dremel to cut them after you know where they have to be cut. Then don't cut them any larger then they need to be cut.

You will also notice the factory 1911 grips are tapered from end to end lengthwise.
And rounded side to side across the grips.
Try to copy that taper and rounding.

v8stang289 has made a first set of grips that anyone should be proud of!
Except maybe the grip screws stick out of the grips too far, and the holes are just a tad off?

Here are some I have made.

Walnut, Walnut, Laotian Rosewood, and Elephant Ivory.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/HomemadeGrips.jpg

rc
RC thankyou for the comments. I didnt take great care when cutting the mag release indent.. I actually Whittled it... Hah!... anyways... The only thing is that i intentially went with the 45 degree taper... I really like the edges... The half moon would have been easier as i could have used an earlier suggestion of sanding using a piece of cut pvc pipe... but i really like it the other way.. I took it to the range and shot it today too... Grips function very well.. And damn I just love that sedona red... Im an AK guy so thats where my love for red wood comes from.. Anyways.. Ill make some both ways... The next time i make a set Im going to buy some old silver coins (probably buffalo nickels cause i like those) and set them into the wood... Not sure on the color scheme yet... And im def. going to use better wood next time... I used a friggin plank from home depot to make the last ones.... Ill post pictures here once i start the project... Need some better tools before i start though... Craigslist here i come!

Hondo 60
June 28, 2013, 03:20 PM
I take a piece of PVC and cut it lengthwise. Then glue sandpaper to the inner curve. This gives me a uniform curve on both grip panels.

wow - great idea.

rc- them's some GREAT lookin stocks, or grips, or whatever you wanna call 'em!

Greg528iT
June 28, 2013, 04:38 PM
Jumbo, they look good. Remember, to each his own.

I've pondered making some that are thicker like that.

Home Depot or Lowes sells oak strips in 1/4" thicknesses. Oak is nice and hard and would make a durable grip. You could pretty much pick up a short piece 2" wide and start cutting the profiles. OR.. layout and drill the holes and use the long length of oak to hold onto while you contour the radius on a stationary belt sander. At least get it close. Then cut out the profiles.

Here are some of 2nd, 3rd and 4th attempts. Granted I've made a few wooden knife handles before these.
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/STIBob2_zpsf6674448.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/STIBob2_zpsf6674448.jpg.html)
latest.

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/STIBob1_zps14ed1740.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/STIBob1_zps14ed1740.jpg.html)
I even wrapped leather around one. Not actually put on a gun though.

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/Knife20131_zps16cb6bbb.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/Knife20131_zps16cb6bbb.jpg.html)
a couple knives

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/bb908e31-8c1f-4ed1-b252-cf5531c34cd6_zps571e75d7.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/bb908e31-8c1f-4ed1-b252-cf5531c34cd6_zps571e75d7.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/1911/UltComp2.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/1911/UltComp2.jpg.html)

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/1911/1911s.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/1911/1911s.jpg.html)
Cocobolo, Maple and Ebony

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/1911/Compgripblasted.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/1911/Compgripblasted.jpg.html)

I sand blasted the rough surface back in for finger grip

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/1911/newgripL.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/1911/newgripL.jpg.html)

Getting the right drill bits HELPS..

Shadow 7D
June 28, 2013, 04:51 PM
Well, if you want real Ivory, and are willing to pay for it, you can buy Mammoth blanks
or you can PM member Caribou and ask nicely if his wife (a Native Alaskan scrimshaw artist) might be willing to carve you something...

bobinoregon
June 28, 2013, 04:54 PM
Nice grips Greg528iT Like the 2 different woods look, not what you see every day.

greyling22
June 29, 2013, 05:24 PM
Attached is a pic I took of some 1911 grips I made out of australian myrtle I got off ebay.


here is my first attempt at making grips. I used redwood I got off ebay. Beautiful grips, but the wood was too soft and I wasn't all that skilled. I used a belt sander for all the rough sanding, then worked by hand. I drilled holes with regular bits in a cordless drill, then squared off the bottoms with a small router tip on a dremel tool. They wound up on a beater mk1 http://imgur.com/bCZGDZh,fOGU785,BOPNah9,WCZc45L,BXRZJwC#4

Here is the same process on a piece of walnut I found in a garage. I never took a final picture of them all finished out, but the woodwork was mostly photographed. http://imgur.com/a/ZNtkB

Greg528iT
June 29, 2013, 06:24 PM
that australian myrtle is beautiful.

mwmjones
July 1, 2013, 05:34 PM
Wow those are beautiful I like the matching knife and grip combo

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