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Forum topic by zwwizard posted 08-31-2009 05:28 PM 1231 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2009 05:28 PM

This is wood related!
I am looking for a small electric melting pot to melt lead to weight the small carving mallets that I make.
A frame for a 1911 Colt to use as a jig for making grips for the same.
See I told you it was about wood.
Thank you

-- Richard

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#1 posted 08-31-2009 06:37 PM

Lead can be melted on a normal cooking stove with any old small cast iron or steel pot.I know this sounds cheap but unless you’re doing it all the time whay bother mix some tin with the lead and it will flow better with less scum.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 08-31-2009 06:44 PM

Alistair….it sounds as though you are being a wee bit thrifty there laddie…....and practical too!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#3 posted 08-31-2009 06:59 PM

Wouldn’t it be easier to buy a set of grips to use as a model/prototype than trying to get gun parts with the government restrictions on guns and mailing them.
You can melt lead in a tin/steel can, at least we did when I was a kid, just be careful if you get the can to hot the solder in the can will start to melt, we used wheel weights from cars to make fishing sinkers.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 08-31-2009 07:58 PM

Alistair—I have been doing that, BUT, I want to be able to do it out side and keep the fumes out of my shop. Its not so much the lead but the wood smoke That sets off the smoke alarm. It upsets the wife, no sense of humor. It was my pot!

John—-I use the frame to make sure the I have a good fit and to hold the grips to contour and fit them to the shooters hand. I don’t like to have the owners gun around until I am ready to put the grips on it.


-- Richard

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#5 posted 08-31-2009 08:20 PM

You’ve got us confused. You say “out side,” so, what’s wrong with outside? And keeping the fumes outside??

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#6 posted 08-31-2009 08:48 PM

hi use your gas gril to heat the lead and ebay is a good place to find gun parts so far the govt. does not ristrict gun parts in the mail nice grips brian

-- gagewestern

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#7 posted 08-31-2009 09:00 PM

Then get a small burn out furnace even a small hobbiest type will do ok the kind you make glass beads or for enamelling as lead can be melted almost under your armpit.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 08-31-2009 09:04 PM

Don I thought you were my pal now your saying I am a tight wad scotsman who uses both sides of the toilet paper to save money.I told you before I am tighter with my wallet than a ducks A$$ and that’s water tight and I’m talking squeeeeeky tight. LOL Alistair p s I told my children ( as I paraded them round my hovel er property” just think kids one day all my debts will be yours” Boys .LOL

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 09-01-2009 07:00 AM

Check with Midway shooters supply. They should have some small Lee melting pots. The cheapest you will find. Their smallest even has a pouring spout like a big ladle with a heating element in it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-01-2009 08:26 AM

Nice looking grips. May be a stupid question, but couldn’t you pour lead shot into your mallets?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#11 posted 09-01-2009 05:34 PM

KayBee—- I can get 1 to 2 more oz with a hot pour. I have been using shot for the last ones. And I learned to pore epoxy on top of the shot, The plug came out of one and there was shot all over the place. Good thing it happened in my shop. Thanks on the grips, they are fun to make and the shop smells nice after wards.

TopamanSurvivor—-Thanks that was what I was looking for.

-- Richard

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#12 posted 09-02-2009 01:41 PM

Justa bit of information as a former Federal Firearm License holder. The grip section of a 1911 is the frame, and it is the serial numbered part, that makes the frame a firearm, the same rules apply to the transfer and ownership of the frame as if it was a complete handgun. Depending on where you live that could be important. Just trying to give helpful info. Good luck in your endeavor to build, and sell? the grips.

-- Bruce - Fav. Quote "A man's got to know his limitations." Dirty Harry Calahan

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#13 posted 09-02-2009 04:18 PM

Thanks for the information. I wasn’t aware of that, but, I have found a frame. I have been making stocks and grips for at least 50 years, off & on. I learn from a old gunsmith( was at least 40) when I was in my teens. I do about 15 to 20 grips a year and do maybe 6 to 8 stocks a year. Its a hobby now. It give me something to do and gives me more money to buy more toys. ;>))

Thank all for the information on the lead pots, I have ordered one.

-- Richard

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