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Old 03-08-2016, 12:23 AM
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Have had requests from buddies to start making these, so finally gave it a go.

These are more or less prototypes, but came out so good they could be used. Have yet to drill the holes and countersinks, I think I'll mark them out on the CNC and then drill them with a press.
Great use for scrap wood, these take a chunk of wood about 5x5" and are only about .33 thick ,,, And with my bandsaw, if the blank is at least .75 thick, double the pleasure. Ones with the textures took about an hour, smooth ones with the skull half that time using a 1/32 ballnose bit. I then mark the holes and profile cut them with a .10 endmill using tabs of course.
Finish is just a rattle can clear coat, sand and repeat, I know I would have better results with tung oil or something, but quite a process of time going that route, I personally don't think the result justifies the extra time.

Sometimes roughing is required, other times not depending on how thick the blank is and how lucky you are feeling. Next up will be cocobola and bocote, then probably corian as well.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:55 AM
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Looking really good ..... I didn't know the grips were so thin.
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:00 AM
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On this particular model [1911], they are.
I just used the Z defaults that came on the file, figured whoever made them did it for a reason. Don't have any stock grips to compare them to just yet, but I have held and fired this weapon and they feel about right.
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:09 AM
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Those are beautiful X-ray!
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:10 AM
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Those look great! I have a model ready to cut when my end mill gets here.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:11 AM
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As promised, bocote and wenge - Didn't have any cocobola to spare.
Wenge looks great, really like this stuff. It actually has subtle brownish grain but its hard to see with the clear coat - I think the grain would show better without the texture. Bocote as always, speaks for itself. You either love it, or really love it !
Going to hold off on the corian until I'm sure the design is correct, which means I either need a pistol in hand or pair of grips, or both.

Next project is going to be mdf with iron patina, and I am thinking about gluing up say 6 1/16th various thin exotic boards and making grips with that.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:56 AM
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Going to have to make a set of those for my Kimber pro crimson. Great job 👍
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:58 AM
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Hey I love the grips!! I have lots of pistols. Where are you guys finding the files for the pistols? I want to make some myself!!
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:11 AM
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Those look really good. It's pretty risky making them with nothing to go by. What did you use for dimensions if you don't have sample grips or the pistol?
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:34 AM
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Not going to post the file as its not mine, search "1911" at vectric and you should be able to locate some. PM me if you come up dry, but they are out there for sure.

Don't consider it much of a risk, not much time or material invested. I've heard guys say they make a required thumb notch by hand with a dremel, this may or may not vary by make [ie Colt and Ruger 1911's may be almost identical, but not exactly].
So I couldn't actually sell them until I straighten that part up, not even looking to do that, the market seems flooded with grips like these if you look on ebay/etsy. I do have a couple pairs sold to friends who own this weapon, will be matching up soon.
That is why I haven't drilled holes yet, I just marked their locations, though I could have just went all the way through and they should be the right size ,, But I got to make sure to use the right countersink too, and that will be done by hand.

I just use the defaults that come with the file, I've seen a few different files and the dimensions are the same, I assume there is a reason for this, and that reason is because thats their exact size - If that turns out not to be the case, yeah that would suck.

So you might just say I do them because I can, plus I am impatient. When I get ideas percolating in my noggin, they gotta come out ASAP else sometimes they never get done.

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