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Project by BillyDoubleU posted 10-07-2017 11:37 PM 791 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finished up a first run of 1911 grips. Made these out of Red Oak. Red Oak you ask?

I had a bunch of it… didn’t care how many I’d mess up while learning. Top left is Truoil, top right are Tung oil, bottom are Natural Danish oil. Just seeing what I like. I have two more sets, 1 with Danish medium Walnut and 1 with Danish black walnut. My wife liked the darker color. I like the natural look of the wood lightly enhanced with the lighter finishes personally.

7 coats bytheway.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-08-2017 03:41 PM

Nice looking grips!! Are they for a Colt or a Kimber?

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Gus01

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#2 posted 10-08-2017 03:43 PM

Those look really good. I’ve been looking at replacing the grips on my carry gun from rubber/nylon to wood. Looking on the manufacturers website I found some but you’ve made me ask myself if I can make them. Thanks for the idea and keep up the great work!

Rick

-- John 3:16

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BillyDoubleU

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#3 posted 10-08-2017 03:44 PM



Nice looking grips!! Are they for a Colt or a Kimber?

Jim

- Jim Jakosh


All of them :)

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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BillyDoubleU

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#4 posted 10-08-2017 03:52 PM



Those look really good. I’ve been looking at replacing the grips on my carry gun from rubber/nylon to wood. Looking on the manufacturers website I found some but you’ve made me ask myself if I can make them. Thanks for the idea and keep up the great work!

Rick

- Gus01

I enjoy making them personally. The only thing that I think can be difficult is placement of the holes. I have ended up buying a few specialty items to make it easier. A 15/64ths transfer punch, a 15/64th brad point, a 9/32nd brad point which I think is just a touch too tight and doesn’t allow for much wiggle room and also because it’s lipped doesn’t make the best counterbore so I got a 9/32nd counter bore, still very tight so I just ordered up a 19/64th counterbore. It’s just big enough to allow wiggle room. I am still playing with which to use for which side.

Bytheway, some of these counterbores are NOT cheap… :/

I say have at it :)

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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Seenya

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#5 posted 10-08-2017 05:33 PM

Very nice! Gives me an idea for one of mine.

-- Semper Fi

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 10-08-2017 06:21 PM

This is a beautiful collection of gun grips.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bertha

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#7 posted 10-08-2017 09:54 PM

Very nice. Let me know if you start selling them!
And Jim, I think they’re for a REAL 1911 lol ;-)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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BillyDoubleU

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#8 posted 10-08-2017 11:26 PM


Very nice. Let me know if you start selling them!
And Jim, I think they re for a REAL 1911 lol ;-)

- Bertha


Funny you should ask. I actually am/will be selling them. I opened an Etsy shop. Only have 1 set up in order to open the shop and claim my shop name. It’s a blem set. One of the counterbores isn’t perfect so I said as much. Got to be honest so if someone buys it there is no surprises.

I just put a coat of poly on these two sets. Also calling them blems due to… you guessed it. The counterbore on the bottom right grip screw…

Those are the Black Walnut and Medium Walnut. They were still bleeding so I figure a coat or two of clear poly will seal it enough.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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LesB

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#9 posted 10-10-2017 04:40 PM

Well done.
About 30 years ago I made similar grips for S&W semi autos. I worked in law enforcement at the time and when co-workers say my grips I started getting requests to buy them. I couldn’t keep up with the demand.

I found the best finish was a rifle stock finish (Tru-Oil Gun Stock Finish) available in most sporting and gun supply stores. It produces a great finish but even better it can be renewed by buffing with 0000 steel wool and apply a new coat. I still have those grips on a couple of my guns.

-- Les B, Oregon

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