|Project by Roz||posted 01-22-2012 07:07 PM||1489 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
My brother-in-law asks if I could make pistol grips out of Osage orange for this 25 automatic. Its pearl handles (plastic) had been broken. So, I took up the challenge and this is the result. Osage or Mock Orange has caused me a few problems in the past. It dulls blades, wrecks sandpaper and explodes into spear like shards without warning.
The original grips are made of two layers of plastic. The inner layer is molded to fit down into the pistol frame to hold them still. I had to come up with a way to replicate that in the new handles and Mock Orange does not glue up well because of the oil in the wood. I decided to set pegs on the inside to keep the grips from shifting.
These grips are simple but small which gave me concern for my fingers. After I cut a block of Mock Orange to the proper thickness and roughed out the shape, I used the table saw to plow out the channels in the back of the grips for trigger and safety. These channels did not come out well and I did not come up with a way to smooth them well. They are deeper than I needed to make them too. The grips are held in place with a recessed nut and screw and prevented from shifting by the inside pegs that are 1/32 higher than the inside grip surface.
After starting over 4 times I finally got one set ready for sanding. I finish sanded to 800 grit and finished the grips in their natural color with Tru-Oil. I was not sure I could do it but gave it a try. I did very little measuring and made a few precision errors but it works and works well. Over time they will turn to a deep red color with a bold grain pattern.
I think this little gun will be the only one around with Mock Orange grips. Thanks for looking.
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