Pistol Grips

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Project by Sgt_Lobo posted 02-13-2008 02:52 AM 11086 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, but unfortunately work and home life both have been extremely hectic as of late. But, this past weekend the wood was calling me and I just had to break away for a little while and make some sawdust…

You know, sometimes it is nice to do fun, “easy”, projects. I find that when I have time it seems like I always gravitate towards large projects that start to bog me down after awhile. Every now and then it is nice to just whip something out on the scrollsaw in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.

This is what led me to the pistol grips. After I made this pistol case I got to thinking it would be nice to have some pistol grips that matched the wood in the case. Well, the first set I made were from cocobolo which matched the lid on the case. While I thought they looked good, I also thought they wood look better on a darker (black) pistol. So, I just decided to make some out of the other types of wood I had laying around in the garage which included walnut and bocote. I liked the looks of both of these better with my pistol, bocote being my favorite.

I sent pictures of these to a friend of mine who runs a mall kiosk in San Antonio. He wants me to make a bunch of them to sell. So, my first projects for profit.

Each set of grips takes about two hours total to make. Easy enough, just cut with scroll saw, shape with belt sander, dremel out the recesses (required for slide release, safety, grip pin), sand to 1000 grit, and finally burnish with 0000 steal whool and mineral spirits. The only set I actually put a finish on where the walnut grips which I applied 4 coats of danish oil to.

So, that’s it for now. Thanks for taking the time to look. Hopefully it won’t take me so long to get back here next time.

Here are some more pics for you all…




-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 02:58 AM

OOOOHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHH …. Kimber mixed with custom wood….. Now that is cool.

-- "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission"

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 02:58 AM

Very nice. How do you do the rubberized finger grooves? Cut up a set of Hogues?

Darn nice looking 1911, no matter what grips you’ve got on it :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 03:00 AM

The rubberized finger grooves are just a slip on that has two rubber flaps sitting under the wood grips to hold it in place. You can purchase them at any gun store.

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#4 posted 02-13-2008 03:00 AM

Very nice pistol James, and nice grips.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 03:05 AM

Good looking grips, Sarge!!!

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

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#6 posted 02-13-2008 03:05 AM

Cool. I’m not a 1911 kind of guy, but I have a friend who is. I thought I might try a set for one of his pistols for a Christmas gift or something.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 02-13-2008 03:12 AM

Nice little project Sarge. They turned out nicely too.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#8 posted 02-13-2008 04:18 AM

Very, very nice. I’ve a S&W 1911 that is just begging for a set or two of these.
Think I’ll use the stock grips to make a pattern out of and shape on the router table though.

Now where is that chunk of Rosewood hiding?

-- Still learning everything

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#9 posted 02-13-2008 05:05 AM

Very nice. If you have to make a bunch of these I am not sure that you will have time to get back here. If you have time a blog on the construction of these grips would be nice to see.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#10 posted 02-13-2008 07:36 AM

” I also thought they wood look better on a darker (black) pistol” I figured you would go buy a new 1911 instead…..sorry I’m a lil slow sometimes.

Sarge, these are beautiful. I do have a question though, Do you know of a way to put the texture into those of is the grain of the wood sufficant for grip?

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#11 posted 02-13-2008 08:25 AM

The grips look great – I think I’ll make a set for my Glock.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 02-13-2008 01:39 PM

Nice grips.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 02-13-2008 02:47 PM

Great grain selection, and like everyone said, great looking 1911 too.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 02-13-2008 05:19 PM

very nice work, and wood choice also.

-- Hope Never fails

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#15 posted 02-13-2008 07:17 PM

Life as a pistol fancier occurred before woodworking came back around for me. I’m going to have to un-crate the 9-er and give this a go. That and putting a plane sole in the brass tumbler to see what happens. Thanks for the posting. The wife will be thrilled…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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