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Project by Texasgaloot posted 2284 days ago 1448 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems as though I can never leave well enough alone. While I like the feel of Ruger’s factory walnut (sort of ) stocks well enough, I had a piece of highly figured flamed maple that was just screaming for a use. Hmmm… what could I do with that? Aha! This work was 90% hand tools, the exception being the use of a drill press for accuracy in drilling for the connecting bolt and escutheons, and to bore a “mortice” for the emblem. This was a quick project that actually has yeilded something unique, fits my hand better, and has provided a ton of pleasure! The only complaint I have with it is that my son likes this setup waaayyy too much!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...





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trifern

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#1 posted 2284 days ago

Excellent use of wood and great craftsmanship.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2284 days ago

Really nice grips.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Raymond

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#3 posted 2284 days ago

Very nice, I use to collect Rugers, I had the Super Blackhawk, in 357Max. I was at a gun show the other day with my kids and almost picked up a Ruger Bearcat. Don’t see many of them around anymore.

You did a great job.

-- Ray

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GaryK

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#4 posted 2284 days ago

Great job! I had a Ruger Redhawk in .44mag. Had to change the grip with a Pachmayr to save my hand.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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tigger959

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#5 posted 2284 days ago

Looks great! I work with law enforcement personnel and am sure some would like to have a set as well. email me at fnewtz@gmail.com if you’d like to let me know if you’d be interested.

Fred

Note to all: tigger is my oldest grandson’s favorite character which is why I use it as my handle.

-- Tigger, Texas

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 2284 days ago

These are gorgeous grips. Somehow my crystal ball says there is another one of these in your future for your son.

Have fun and thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 2284 days ago

I love maple, and you could’nt have found a better use. Beautiful. mike

b

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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stanley_clifton

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#8 posted 2284 days ago

Very nice job and beautiful grain figure. No good here as hand guns are not allowed in private hands.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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ND2ELK

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#9 posted 2284 days ago

Beautiful grips! You did an excellent job on them. Really like thegrain pattern. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 2284 days ago

wouldn’t have guessed Maple in a hundred years ! Incredible color and figure and the finish is incredible

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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DaveCarlson

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#11 posted 2250 days ago

Absolutely beautiful grain and orientation. I’ve been looking to make a few grips for my guns. I recently made a cherry grip for a Ruger Vaquero. I was hoping it would just come out… It came out quite well! I was surprised. Looking forward to seeing more from u.

-- -- I can't make THAT, but I can make some damn fine sawdust!

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Texasgaloot

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#12 posted 2249 days ago

Thank you all for the great support! I’ve been a little nervous posting something as controversial as a firearm on the site, but now that I consider it, that was silly. Woodworkers are practical, level headed people to begin with!

Raymond: Bearcats are great—any 3 screw Ruger is sweet!
Stanley: I grieve that such is the situation in many parts of the world. Freedom is good.
TopE5: I wish it was a Blackhawk… one of these days… It’s actually simply a Singe Six convertible in .22. Nobody but me goes through all that trouble for a .22, but I just absolutely love the round!
Dusty56: I truly appreciate your comments. I have decide that too often we stop short on some of our hardwood smoothing—I went past the standard 220 grit up to 600 wet/dry, finished with 4-0 steel wool, then hand-rubbed several coats of tung oil. Just have to make sure you have your steel wool completely out of the pores, or it will rust.
Dave: I’m looking forward to seeing a Ruger Vaquero in my gun cabinet in the future…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 2249 days ago

Beautiful. Besides what woodworker wouldn’t like the look of fine wood against blued steel! I have a Taurus niner that I should regrip.

I’m with Gary on the big bore weaponry. Pachmayrs stop the hand spanking.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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