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Red Mallee Burl Pistol Grips

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Project by Rickterscale posted 08-13-2014 04:52 PM 1073 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made some pistol grips for this little Sig from some red mallee burl. I took a slice off the bottom of a blank I purchased from ebay before turning this bowl. I was going to make a few sets of grips, one to keep and the rest to sell. But some of the blanks cupped too much after resawing on the bandsaw, and on some others I was a little sloppy drilling the holes for the screws. So I only ended up with enough for one set. Bummer. Anyways, here they are. They dress the gun up nicely. For practice I also made some grips from canarywood, which I also like quite a bit against the black finish.

Sanded to 600 grit, sealed with shellac, then finished with multiple coats of gloss wipe-on poly.





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Gentile

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 05:32 PM

Nice. Can that wood be checkered?

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 05:42 PM

Very Nice !

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 06:32 PM

Checkering? I don’t see why not, but that’s definitely beyond my skill level, so I left them smooth.

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 07:21 PM

I think he means knurling but but with or without, those grips look great…..................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 07:36 PM

Nice work, and nice Sig

-- Pete in NC

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 07:38 PM

So cool! Thinking I might tackle one of these for a Ruger I own. Any advice is appreciated!

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 07:39 PM

Checkering is easy- I’ve done it. Just take your time. Look at Brownell’s for checkering tools- supplier of a lot of gunsmithing tools and equipment. They are in the Midwest somewhere. A search should bring them up.
Make sure your guns are locked securely in a heavy locker or safe.

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Gentile

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 07:46 PM

I was just wondering if the wood could handle it without chipping or breaking.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#9 posted 08-14-2014 01:49 AM

Beautiful grips! Great addition to your pistol.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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chetrog

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#10 posted 08-14-2014 05:10 AM

Very nice.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#11 posted 08-14-2014 04:50 PM

Nice work. I think checkering or Knurling would damage the appearance of the wood grain.
Many years ago I made some similar grips and when friends saw them I could not make enough to satisfy the demand.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 08-14-2014 05:02 PM

Yeah, I’m not sure how the checkering or knurling would work. The wood didn’t really seem to have any grain direction or anything like it. This was my first time working with a burl, which definitely behaves differently than regular wood. Maybe it was more like working with really tight end grain, though I really didn’t experience any tearout anywhere. IDK!

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#13 posted 08-15-2014 01:42 AM

Very Nice! Are the backs completely flat? I had a friend want me to build him some grips for his Makarov, and the inside of each grip was heavily machined so I passed. I could do it today, but back then I didn’t have the skill or tooling to do it justice.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Bill Huffman

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#14 posted 08-15-2014 01:42 AM

Very Nice! Are the backs completely flat? I had a friend want me to build him some grips for his Makarov, and the inside of each grip was heavily machined so I passed. I could do it today, but back then I didn’t have the skill or tooling to do it justice.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#15 posted 08-15-2014 01:43 AM

Very nice grips

-- Norman

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