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Old 02-09-2009, 07:23 PM   #11
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Hey! Looking good! I just stopped by to talk about what I think Cane was talking about when he said "condition" the grips - I believe he's talking about stabilization. Correct me if I'm wrong Cane. Stabilization is not generally needed on solid and/or dense woods (there are exceptions). It is a process by which the wood is impregnated with some type of polymer to make the wood harder or fill punky areas and just make the wood generally much tougher and mroe workable. Most professional services do this with an acrylic or polyester resin forced into the wood under high pressure so that the wood is totally saturated. This is the best way. You can do some light stabilization at home if you feel it's warranted with a minwax product called "Wood hardener" (available at hardware stores, home depot etc) or the REAL old fashioned home boy method of mixing equal parts of lacquer and lacquer thinner in a jar and letting the wood soak in it overnight at least. When you take it out, you'll have to let it dry thouroughly before using it or machining it.
I'm glad to see someone else trying their hand at grip making. If there's anything I can do to help, please let me know.!
I look forward to finished pics!
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I would not checker them grips. I would jsut sand them down nice and smooth and tru-oil them to death. Or do a clear on them make them nice and shiny. I think they would look great like that.

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I have decided not to checker and to go with a hand rubbed finish with some wood wax. Will post pics.

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OMG Sarge, I just looked at your site, Your grips are gorgeous.

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I have decided not to checker and to go with a hand rubbed finish with some wood wax. Will post pics.
Mac, I hope you're doin' that caus U want to, not from peernius* pressure??



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I told you guys sarge has his $hit in one sock!
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No I started doing this this morning before I read these. I went out and experimented with all sorts of stains and finished on stippled and regular wood. I am going to put the liberty nickel into them I think. I will call it Era Licentia.

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"End of an Era", Nice, seeing how we just experienced Obamageddon or was it Barackocaust?
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Actually it means Lady Liberty, Would that be somehow blasphemous?

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