Making your own wood grips?

Making your own wood grips?

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    Making your own wood grips?

    Has anybody tackled that project from scratch? I bought some rubber grips with finger grooves for my revolver but I am not too happy about them. I like the feel of wood better but I want the grip to fit my fingers and not some generic notion of how the fingers should be. Also, the wooden grips I have seen are EXPENSIVE and I think starting from scratch would be cheaper and accomodate my hand better. Any ideas, suggestions, etc?
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    I know this is not exactly what you asked, but have you looked here?:

    http://www.hogueauction.com/

    I've never made my own grips...I'm not nearly that good of a woodworker.

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    AGhhh!! $190 for a set of grips? LOL

    QK, That hits the spot, Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    AGhhh!! $190 for a set of grips? LOL
    For some of the "Premium Select," yes, but the Seconds I've purchased are very good--I haven't found the problems with several of them after two years....

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    If you have a Dremel, and a material removing (??) bit, you can do it pretty easy, if you have a somewhat steady hand and a little artistic flare.

    Start with some cheaper wood, so as to not waste good stuff. I found that cabinet shops are more than willing to give you scraps, that would normally be thrown out. They are perfect for making grips. Pay close attention to the inside of the grip if there are any index holes, etc. You'll want these to be perfect. I actually rendered one of my guns inoperable by not paying close attention to the innards.

    Also, polyurethane is best in my opinion for finish, it's durable and doesn't scratch as easily as lacquer. Just takes forever to dry.
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    Here is a link to directions on how to make 1911 grips. They might be useful for your revolver project.

    http://blindhogg.com/grip.html

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    I have been working on a set of grips for my Blackhawk off and on for nearly two years. I don't do much with wood, and have even less patience. Like [u]jarhead79[/b] said, made it inoperable for a while until I found out where the grips were making thing bind up.

    I will probably try to make a set for my 1911, but the revo is going to get a set of dressy aftermarkets.
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    Miggy - way back I made my own revo grips - I have a pic somewhere.

    I usually used a block of mahogany - traced out the outer profile and then cut that on bandsaw to rough shape. Then cut block in half as symmetrically as possible.

    Next stage was making a shape template for the inside fit, plus marking where screws went and internal locating pins etc. I then used drill press with a small end mill in chuck - or small dia router cutter and roughed out the insides to depth. To finish inside and out I used wood carving chisels .... flat and gouges ... and finally of course sandpaper work.

    It takes time naturally but you can at least finish up with grips to suit your own hand - I marked out mine for my own finger spacings.

    Ahh - here is the pic ....... forget which was which now ........ but IIRC from left it is Redhawk, then M27 and then Trooper. Last pics are very old ones of the three guns way back in time!











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    Try This...For New Grips...

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