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Old 02-23-2013, 08:15 PM   #31
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I think you are offering a very fair deal. If I were not a woodworker myself, and if I did not really like the stock rosewood grips it came with, i'd be alll over this. Upon further reflection, though, I was wondering; will some of the softer woods (walnut?) hold up ok, or will they ding easily? and as I wrte this, it occurs to me that some pistols come with Walnut grips. (This is only the second gun I've had that has wood grips, so I'm not too familiar....)
I have heard the same things in the past about other types I was going to use. I made a set of 1911 grips out of Cedar and they look great, but I only used them as presentation grips, I never fired it with those installed. The Walnut isn't that soft, I think it would stand up fine. The cocobolo is, heh, it's like sanding down granite rock. Takes forever. The bocote seems soft, but I've seen where many folks have used it in the past so it must hold up at least fairly well.

One other thing here guys. Most of you have probably never looked, but sig actually has some raised sections where the grips mount to the frame. In order to make them fit correctly it requires shaving out a couple sections so that they will sit flush. I will say, that given the tools I have (we are talking a dremel tool here, nothing like what the big production companies use) it may not look really pro on the back, though no one will ever see that. I'll post of a picture to show you what I mean.



I can finish the backs a bit better than that, however I don't spend all that much time on the back sides.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:18 AM   #32
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clr8ter, I've tried to PM you a couple times, your inbox is full.

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So tonight I took a set to the range, popped off a quick 100 rounds to check durability. They held up perfectly. This set doesn't have a finish on them yet, I just grabbed them for testing purposes. Just so happened the local gunsmith came in while I was there. He complimented me on the work which is quite helpful to me as someone who is always critical of his own work.

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Looks good so far. Which wood is that?

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That's a cocobolo set I had been working on prior to the paduk set currently in the works. I wanted to be sure that before I sent anyone anything that they would take the stress from normal usage. I put 80 rounds through it normally, then I sent 20 rounds down range rapid fire. Wanted to make sure there was no binding or hindered action with them. I almost wanted to just leave these on mine, but they need some sort of finish first.

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These are purpleheart with no oil or finish yet applied.

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Those look nice, too. Are they from the blanks I sent?

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Those look nice, too. Are they from the blanks I sent?
That they are. While putzing around waiting on the oil to soak in the Paduk ones I decided to buzz out another pair. I also had started a set in Black Palm but that wood is not very friendly to work with and it tends to splinter off in the worst places, at the worst times. For as awesome as it would look finished, I've had 3 different ones splinter in late stage sanding in a way that ruined them.

As you can see in the picture, I just laid it on top of the factory grip to show it with the gun. No finish on it, the lighter sections darken up quite a bit when oiled.
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If you guys want to see anymore I have a couple more I recently finished I can post

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I'd be interested in seeing more of your grips, if you wouldn't mind please.

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