Spalted Maple Desert Eagle pistol grips

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Project by Michael posted 02-18-2011 04:42 PM 7598 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Love this pistol but hated the crappy plastic grips that were on it. Its a .45 acp that I bought a few years back with some side job money. Anyhow I have a good bit of spalted hard maple laying around so I figured why not turn it into something? So here it is, I used gouges, chisels, and my plunge router to shape it and of course a ton of sanding. I topped it off with several coats of wipe on poly. Enjoy!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 04:44 PM

Notice the hateful gray cat thinking about pointing it at me!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 04:45 PM

I think I just saw a photo of that pussy with a gun who held me up last week!

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

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 05:31 PM

Great looking grips. Nice pistol too.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 06:22 PM

Does that cat have a concealed carry permit? I wouldn’t let it shoot it unless it did the most sanding.
The handles really make everything “pop”. When you get tired of it let me know. I know a young Marine that would give his eye teeth for it. He’s scheduled for Afghanistan nest month. Rand

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 06:42 PM

Very nice looking set of target grips, I really like that thumb rest, Pachmayer used to make a similar grip
that I have on my High Standard 22 target pistol, not knocking your gun, but I prefer the H&K USP 45
Tactical, but then gun nuts can seldom agree on guns or calibers. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 08:35 PM

Very nice.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 09:55 PM

I don’t let my cats have guns , my dogs would be to nervous .

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 07:12 AM

Nice weapon, made nicer with your workmanship.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 06:30 PM

I have one just like it, in .45 too, but my grips are still the old plastic ones. I have thought for years of doing some of my own, but just haven’t taken the time. I think that now after seeing yours I will just have to take the time to make some of my own.

When I was a police officer I carried this gun and it has performed flawlessly. I have a fire arms instructor friend of mine offer to trade a tricked out Kimber .45 for that Baby Eagle. I had to turn him down even though it was a difficult decision.



-- "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."--Cary Grant from the movie Arsenic and Old Lace

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 05:40 AM

Thanks for all the comments thus far! Charlie I think you might have the wrong cat she hasnt left me bed for months. LIL redweldingrod, the cat just likes to claw my nice woodworking up. BluePine, I wanted a USP when I bought this but it was just a few 100 out of my price range. AAron I’ve had numerous people ask me to sell that gun but i dont think I can at this point, only thing that bothers me is that you cant get many accesories for it.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#11 posted 12-09-2011 01:25 AM

Looks Great, I am going to try it also.

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