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Old 07-28-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Carving your own grips...

Any pitfalls I need to worry about, or is it just as simple as getting a nice piece of exotic wood,
then copying the dimensions of the OEM grips...then making the outside look perty??

Tools used will be a Drill Press, barrel sander (for finger grooves), tablesaw, and lots of wood carving implements for engraving.

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Old 07-29-2013, 03:36 AM   #2
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And lots of sandpaper and elbow grease. Hand made grips are an excellent project(I've made many pair).

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One thing is watch what finish you put on the wood I used a stain and polyurethane in one of a 22 thinking it would be a good finish it looked nice when it was finished but it rubbed off quicker then the old finish so just shop around look at different things and get a good one.

I don't know about what you know this is just my 2 cents

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A very common finish is "Truoil".
http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/stock-work-finishing/wood-finishes/tru-oil-stock-finish-prod4952.aspx

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Without some kind of milling equipment, you're in for a long hard road.

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TWW has been working on a pair for me. He test fitted them to his gun though, and I wonder if maybe he forgot they were on it!

I just picked up some bull skulls with interesting horns. I went to Wendy's and someone was giving them away in the parking lot (you might be a redneck if...)

I'm gonna try a little something myself and see how it turns out.

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Be careful with some woods like cocobola and a few others . Inhaling the dust from some of these exotic woods is not healthy for you

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Its funny.........

Most folks never give any real consideration to dust collection in the early stages of equipment/shop development.Its almost always a "tacked on" process or system....way after the fact.

It dosen't matter if we're discussing metal lathe work...millling,surface grinding,etc.>OR cutting/milling/sanding wood....>Or machining composites.

Proper chip removal is paramount to efficient machinework.Once it's removed it needs to carried away.I know they're loud and pretty dang obnoxious but,a good ole shop vac can really be a benefit to sanding.Google-foo downdraft sanding tables.They're pretty dang easy to fab up.Some peg bd for a top.....a pretty basic,shallow "box"....with a 2 1/2" hole in one end,connected to your shop vac.

Heck,you could easily transform one of your tool box's drawers into a,pull out/push in....small'ish downdraft table.Do it right and it can still be used as a drawer.Metal hole saw in bttm...find/make a plug for it when not in sanding use.

As posted above....some "exotic" woods are downright dangerous to be breathing.Take your shop's venting VERY serious.

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I'd just like to know where to get the plastics for

synthetic grips.

Like the white Mica...

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I'd just like to know where to get the plastics for

synthetic grips.

Like the white Mica...
contact your local counter top shop and tell them you would like to have their scraps , Corian works well and is very easy to work with. I know alot of custom pen makers pick up these scraps for pennies on the dollar and turn out $50+ pens with the material
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