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Bought myself a bandsaw and went a bit nuts (New 1911 grips)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by The Wiry Irishman, Mar 5, 2010.

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  1. The Wiry Irishman

    The Wiry Irishman Member

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    Zebrawood:

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    Quartersawn White Oak:

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    Limba (one black, one not, didn't get a very good board):

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    Some closeups of the Limba grips:

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    Picana Negra:

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  2. The Wiry Irishman

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    Also, here's a set I made before I got the band saw. Inspired by Nill Master Series grips, they're contoured to perfectly fit my hands with a thumbs-forward grip, and stippled everywhere my hands touch wood. There's some fitting problems that make them a little hard to look at and impede the use of the mag well a little, but they're very functional and comfortable:

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    I really like the feel of the stippling I do, it provides grip similar to Nill stippling or Nill Rhomlas (my favorite grip textures) depending upon how sharp an edge the wood can hold.
     
  3. forindooruseonly

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    That has an uncanny resemblance to a hoof.

    Seriously, some of those are really good looking. You ever make grips for other styles of guns besides 1911s?
     
  4. The Wiry Irishman

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    Thank you! Here's two others I've done:

    PPK/s:

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    Star BM:

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    A couple friends are wanting me to make grips for their Sigs, I'm going to take a crack at that soon. It'll be a bit more of a challege, though, since the way they fit onto the gun is much more complex and I don't have proper woodworking tools. (I do all my work with an orbital sander, a Dremel, and now a bandsaw)
     
  5. makarovnik

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    Nice. What did you use to stipple those grips? Center punch, drill bit?
     
  6. The Wiry Irishman

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    1/8" cone cutter on my Dremel.
     
  7. Dolph92

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    NICE!!
     
  8. SSN Vet

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    very Wiry :)

    looks like it was a fun project...
     
  9. The Wiry Irishman

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    Wenge grips that will replace the stock ones as my carry grips:

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    This wood reacts very well to my stippling, they are incredibly grippy.

    Cocobolo grips for the SIS I will be using for carry as well. The stippling doesn't hold as good an edge as other woods like Wenge or Zebrawood, so they'll probably end up getting replaced eventually. Still, they're better than the feathery-topped stippling that the Picana Negra ones from earlier in the thread hold:

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  10. Lv4snobrdg

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    so how many rounds you got through that SIS?
     
  11. LoneCoon

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    I am inspired.

    Lacking a 1911, I shall make grips for my CZ52 out of the Red Maple I have in my basement.
     
  12. Lonestar49

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    Some very nice "original" one-of-kind, made to (self) order, wood grips..

    Well done, :)


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  13. The Wiry Irishman

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    Only 1200, but its pretty new.
     
  14. bwsmith2850

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    Very nice. An economical way to get unique custom grips.
     
  15. kd7nqb

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    I am NOT a 1911 guy but those are some mighty nice guns with GREAT grips. You may have a future for at least a damm good ebay store.
     
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    I hear Esmeralda is looking for a partner ............ hey, a guy can dream, right?
     
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    The Wiry Irishman

    I feel like I need to point something out. That last pic, ah, that speed loader wont fit in that hole where the bullets go LOL :)
     
  18. JDGray

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    Some of them grips were beautiful! The hoof grip, well.......kinda gives me the creeps:evil:
     
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    Nice work , Handguns and woodworking, not a bad combination for hobbies.
     
  21. doubleh

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    Nice work. Not knocking on you but I would have put a border around the stippling with a single line checkering tool to define the pattern. Just my preference.
     
  22. Jolly Rogers

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    Nice work on the grips...JMHO but I'd invest in a new set of grip screws to show them off in the best light. :)
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    Very cool!
     
  24. The Wiry Irishman

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    No woodworker I, but a couple of tips to DIY grip makers. First, always drill the holes first and get the spacing right. I knew a fellow who did up a set of elaborately carved grips then drilled the holes off and ruined them. Second, on a pistol with grip screw bushings, the screws should stop on the bushings and the grips are made so the screws just "kiss" the wood without compressing it.

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