Originally Posted by yogiboobooranger
You did a fine job and the stippling looks great. I must say, you are much braver than I am!! Although I am able to tackle most anything mechanical, electrical, etc., the thought of ruining one of my guns by one slip of the cutting tool turns me away. Again, GREAT JOB!!
Removing material is easy. Putting it back is indeed much more challenging.
I did initial cuts with extra material left and then used a hand file to square everything up and slowly bring the grip length to where it is. Then very fine sand paper to the edges to deburr everything. Going slow has been a saving grace when working on guns. If I ever feel rushed or frustrated when working on a gun, I stop and take a break until I'm ready to continue at a pace I won't regret later.
I got over a lot of my fear of doing my own work on my guns after doing a 1911 froma a frame and slide kit. You get to assemble and disassemble. Fit and refit. Test and disassemble. Try over. A lot when you start to learn about putting a 1911 together properly. It gives a person an appreciation of why a 1911 costs so much more than a Glock in general.
So after taking files and stones to metal I find that filing and burning plastic is pretty easy, but also holds the danger of going too quickly. So, I hold back.