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Project by Texasgaloot posted 04-21-2008 08:02 PM 1976 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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#1 posted 04-21-2008 08:11 PM

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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#2 posted 04-21-2008 08:45 PM

Really nice grips.

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

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 09:07 PM

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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#4 posted 04-21-2008 10:19 PM

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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#5 posted 04-21-2008 10:35 PM

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


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 04-21-2008 11:31 PM

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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#7 posted 04-21-2008 11:37 PM

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


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

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#8 posted 04-21-2008 11:49 PM

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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#9 posted 04-22-2008 03:05 AM

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

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 04-22-2008 04:50 AM

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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#11 posted 05-26-2008 06:22 AM

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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#12 posted 05-26-2008 04:12 PM

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 05-26-2008 06:25 PM

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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