Pistol Grips

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Project by Blair Helgason posted 09-07-2012 09:23 PM 1940 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I never thought I’d be working with a handgun!

A friend of mine purchased this gun about a year ago now but was not happy with the factory composite grips. These are made from what I’m 90% sure is Brazilian Rosewood. I used the previous handles as templates and rough cut them on the bandsaw. After that it was pretty much all rasp! I sanded them down to 600 grit and they came out super smooth. I didn’t want to polish them in any way because they might get a bit too slick which my friend wanted to avoid.

Despite not being all that familiar with firearms this project was a lot of fun. It reminded me of the work I used to do as a patternmarker at my Dad’s shop (alot of radius blending and irregular shaping). Anyways, they turned out great and my friend is happy so that’s all that matters.

As always, thanks for reading!

-- Blair

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 11:22 PM

Looks awesome. Great job on these grips!

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 11:49 PM

Beautiful grips!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 11:59 PM

Gosh love the wood tone, honey tone like nice work…BC

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#4 posted 09-08-2012 01:31 AM

Beautiful job on the grips. Thanks for sharing.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 09-08-2012 01:36 AM

Very nice job on these!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 01:48 AM

Hard to believe that a Ruger .22 revolver came with composite handles but you did a FINE job on these.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Blair Helgason

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 01:59 AM

That’s the name of it! Ruger! Thanks jaykaypur.

-- Blair

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 02:07 AM

You’ve got some rare wood, if it’s Brazilian rosewood. I hear it is on the list of wood we can’t get here. In any event, those grips are beautiful. My old S&W .357 came with small walnut grips when I bought it in 1974. I went to checkered walnut oversize grips (for my big mitts) and then to Pachmayrs.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Blair Helgason

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 02:25 AM

Like I said, I can’t be 100% sure about the wood. The guy that gave it to me said it was “poison wood”. I don’t think that’s right. I realy didn’t care because it was free!

-- Blair

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#10 posted 09-08-2012 03:44 AM

Beautiful grips with great grain flow.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 03:58 PM

A lot of regulation behind some Brazilian rosewood species, maybe all of them. All that aside, beautiful handles. By the way, legal rosewood can go for hundreds of dollars a board foot. If you’ve got a stash, you’ve got treasure.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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Blair Helgason

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#12 posted 09-08-2012 07:35 PM


I don’t think I’d call it a stash, it’s one board, about 6”wide by 30” long… But I’m still very happy to have It!

-- Blair

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#13 posted 09-08-2012 10:21 PM

Very nice. The grain in the wood gives the revolver a real look of motion…........I think. Nice work.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#14 posted 11-05-2012 12:03 AM

They look very good. Grips are a tedious task.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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