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Old 02-08-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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I have decided that since I have a bunch of extra time on my hands I am going to build myself some hardwood grips for my springfield champion. Today I picked out a nice light hard wood, I don't know what kind it is, but it is pretty. It was just laying around the shop. I cut these down into about the same pieces and am now calling these the "blanks". I will post pictures here later and throughout the project if anyone is interested. I hope it turns out. I am thinking about doing a checkering by hand if I am feeling really adventurous, but that decision will come later. I am open to comments and feed back, also feel free to ask any questions as it may help me to think some of these things through.

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Interesting undertaking. I look forward to seeing some pictures of your work as the project progresses.

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Here are the blanks.
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I hope Sarge43 drops by, he has "some" experience with this type of work.
I remember him talking about conditioning of the scales (I think that's what they call the blanks) before working them to prevent cracking when they dry out later.

Sarge43 are you out there? I have been thinking about experimenting with a set myself.

I have a set of Hogues on my XSE and love them.
I want to make a one piece grip that would wrap around with finger groves.
I'm doing a design that would require no grip screws.



McNabb, keep us in the loop with the progress.

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you can soak the wood in this stuff and it will not crack.

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Today was busy. first I drilled the holes to fit the weapon. Kinda reminds me of a GLOCK.
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After this I cut the traced shape out of the scales. (Thanks Cane)
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After hours of sanding I finally got them fitted, even, and worked into shape. now they look like grips as seen here on my 45.
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Now comes the decision making. I am either going to make an attempt at checkering on Wednesday, or leave as is and stain tomorrow. It also ocurred to me that I could get a couple of liberty head nickels with the year 1911 stamped on them and inlay them into the middle.

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Here they are. Is this a good idea?
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Today was busy. first I drilled the holes to fit the weapon. Kinda reminds me of a GLOCK.
No way, not ugly enough!

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Now comes the decision making. I am either going to make an attempt at checkering on Wednesday, or leave as is and stain tomorrow. It also ocurred to me that I could get a couple of liberty head nickels with the year 1911 stamped on them and inlay them into the middle.
Decisions, decisions, decisions?

Mac I'm impressed! And the Liberty head nickels are a grest idea! Will the proportions be good? I'm thinkin' they may be a little big? Maybe a Barber dime? Lay one of the nickels on the grip and take a photo, let's see em.

IMHO, I'd go with smooth on the first attempt unless you have done checkering before. It's tough!

Maybe stippling? It's way easier.

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I had thought about using a penny but Lady Liberty seemed more romantic. I will try some stippling on some other wood to see if I like it. I do want to show some of the grain also, so I am pretty torn. Thanks for your help.

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