|Project by McLeanVA||posted 06-21-2011 04:26 PM||3711 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
A coworker of mine was looking through my cutting boards (LVDTs) a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in making a set of custom grips for his 1911 pistol. I was a bit nervous in taking on the challenge, because I wasn’t sure how involved the process was.
I created a few test grips and learned a good bit along the way. The toughest part was getting the drill holes precise. The holes are 15/64” with 1mm recessed 9/32” openings on both bottom and top of the grip to accept the handle and set screws. Again, it took a good amount of finesse work to get the holes perfect. The first 2 sets of grips went into the scrap pile.
Ultimately I made him 2 sets of finished grips. One set of Sapele and one set of Curly Maple. It was a pretty fun project and he was really happy with the outcome.
Looking forward to creating a few more for him. His next challenge for me is to create some grips that look like my cheese boards (LCDTs) and combine some contrasting species in varying thicknesses.
Overall, tons of sanding involved, but well worth the effort in the end.
-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.