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Project by Skelatile posted 09-04-2011 04:43 AM 2503 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the grips for my gun :) pictures are kinda crappy. you miss a lot of detail in the wood. its walnut and some random figured wood i found at a local woodworking store and i put in brass inlay(a screw from home depot) to cover a pin in the frame. my dovetails need some serious work. there are some pretty big glue filled gaps but thats why you practice i guess haha
fun fact: while using a dremel cutter wheel the metal you are grinding gets HOT. dont know if you can tell but there is a black circle around the insert which is from the brass getting so hot it scorched the wood. personally i think it looks kinda cool. to help stop the scorching i ground some then used a piece of ice to cool it down and repeated the process till flat. its a browning buckmark .22LR semi auto pistol. Ive put about 500 rounds through it so far. I like it alot.
the second gun is a colt 1911-22. the grips are from the same unknown figured wood. pretty much all the carving was done with my dremel and my 1” belt/5” disc delta sanding station. the finish on both is a teak oil with wet sanding and then buffed on the beall buffing system

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 05:12 AM

Nice work. Gives me an idea for a gift for my father for his M1911A1

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 05:34 AM

Nice Job!

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 06:32 AM

Nice job! I really like the two tone dovetail grip idea. I may have to copy it someday. I have made some grips and riflestocks so this project really appeals to me. The grips on the 1911-22 make the gun look really classy.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 06:45 AM

Id really like to carve a rifle stock one day. The 1911 grips are super simple with a good template, a belt sander and a drill press(i wish I had the latter). precise vertical holes and countersinks are a huge plus. I thought about making the joinery more complex but i wasnt up for the headache at that point. I hadn’t seen two tone grips like that before so i figured why not

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 01:48 PM

Really nice work! I like the dovetail work!
The dark burn spot around the pin really looks pretty cool!
Great Job thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 03:26 PM

Beautiful pistols and a great job on the grips.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-04-2011 03:35 PM

I love this sort of very personalized and complex woodworking. Nice work. I have considered many times making new handles for the 9 mm pistol my Dad brought back from WW II. I keep wondering what he would say about that?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 09-05-2011 03:41 AM

Great work. I agree about the buckmark. I’ve shot thousands of rounds through mine I bought new in about 1992 or 93. I’ve never had an issue with it and it will punch single hole groups. Not bad for off the shelf and never modifed. It shoots better than I do.
I really like the dovetail detail in the grips. Thanks for the idea!!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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