Originally Posted by clr8ter
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.