First attempt at making grips

First attempt at making grips

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    Question First attempt at making grips

    Here's my first attempt at making grips. These come from a block of Madrone burl. They tell me the wood grows on the west coast of Washington/Oregon. I put them on my Firestorm 1911. It's not reliable enough to be a carry gun, but I'm slowly working on it. It's one of my project guns.

    The woodwork is mediocre, but the wood itself makes up for it. I cut the strips out with a bandsaw and then used a Dremel and progressively finer strips of sandpaper to polish them up. I wasn't sure what to coat them with, so I went with shellac. It looked the best from my test scrap pieces. I originally wanted to checker them, but the wood turned out too nice to do that. I'll make another set out of some other wood and checker those.

    Sorry the pictures aren't better, a photographer I am not.

    What do you think?

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    Its kind of tough to tell in the pics, but they look pretty good.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    OK SIXTO, try the new, clearer pics.
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    OK, they look crappy now.



    J/K, they look good! Are the screw holes deep enough?
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    Look pretty darned good to me!

    As most folks know the early stage and getting holes just right is a major hurdle and then it's down to patience to great extent.

    Lovely grain pattern and they look very good. Most pleasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    OK, they look crappy now.



    J/K, they look good! Are the screw holes deep enough?
    Oh, a wise guy, huh?

    They are, I just didn't get the screws screwed down for the picture, so the heads do stick out.

    As most folks know the early stage and getting holes just right is a major hurdle and then it's down to patience to great extent.
    Yeah, I noticed. It took me almost 4 hours just to do the holes. It will go quicker next time.
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    Holsters, grips; talented people on this forum. They look good.
    We will be much better off when we learn to deal with things as they really are, instead of how we wish them to be!

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    I LIKE! The grain on that wood is fantastic. If you decide you don't like them let me know. I think that they would look great on my Springfield GI-45. It's the OD version and that grain would just set it off nicely.

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    They would look good on dr_cmg's Springfield...
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    For the first time making a set of grips, I say they look very good. I would almost want a set of those with checkering added. Good job.

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    They look good I know i couldn't do it

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    Very nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    They would look good on dr_cmg's Springfield...
    Glad you agree, SIXTO. Now all I have to do is convince CopperKnight and get him to send them to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_cmg View Post
    Glad you agree, SIXTO. Now all I have to do is convince CopperKnight and get him to send them to me.
    Ah! Yer killin' me!

    I do need the practice, though. Do you happen to know if your Springfield and my Firestorm have the same dimensions and landmarks on the grips? Your bottom screw looks higher up than mine.
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    I can't tell by the pics, I think I will need to see them in person. Can you drive to Kansas? I am free in the afternoon tomorrow.

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