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Old 03-04-2011, 01:17 PM   #201
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Amazing GripMaker. I'm curious, how exactly do you inject the dyes into the wood? Can you do larger chunks of wood, say like a rifle stock??

I actually don't do it myself. A friend does it for me and he refuses to tell me how it works (can't imagine why ). All I know is that acrylic dyes and stabilzer are pressure-injected into the wood. Something about box elder makes it more suited for this process than just about any other wood. I've also asked about bigger pieces and blocks. The longest that he can do is 16" long, so not nearly long enough for a rifle stock.

I reserve a table at a local gun show about once a year and this time I set out some of the unworked scales so people could see how the wood starts out. Almost half of the people had no idea it was even wood. They said they thought it was stone! It's really pretty neat stuff.
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"...I've also asked about bigger pieces and blocks. The longest that he can do is 16" long, so not nearly long enough for a rifle stock."

That should be long enough to do a stock and forearm. I think something like a stainless Marlin Guide Gun would look incredible.

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Ah! You're talking a two-piece stock and i was thinking about a one-piece stock. In that case, I would say it could probably be done for a two-piece stock.

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I think we were thinking of a one piece stock. I just came up with the two piece idea because of the 16" size limitation.

That stuff would also make some great revolver grips. I could see those color combinations on a single action quite easily. A lot more fabrication work in it, although I guess jigs could simplify things a bit.

It could make an awesome combination of a single action revolver with a matching stocked lever rifle.

There's probably not enough volume in sales to make it worth tooling up for it, but it's a cool thought.

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So these arent nearly as nice as the custom grips I have seen in this thread, (which are beautiful!!!) but I havent seen these in here. They are the Pachmayr wrap around and I'm pretty much strict utiltarian with all my guns, so these work great for me!



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I am refinishing some old 1911 grips.

Here they are before the begining of the work:





And after sanding it just enough to expose raw wood but not remove the checkering and staining it dark red mahogany:





After this drys I am going to polyurethane them. I'll post back when I get there.


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You might want to mix up a little thinner with your poly if you want to use it for those grips. I've found that without thinning it, the poly dries so thick that it will reduce the texture of the checkering.

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You might want to mix up a little thinner with your poly if you want to use it for those grips. I've found that without thinning it, the poly dries so thick that it will reduce the texture of the checkering.

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Ah! Thanks for the tip. I was just trying to help a guy out. I'll try harder to follow the rules.

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You might want to mix up a little thinner with your poly if you want to use it for those grips. I've found that without thinning it, the poly dries so thick that it will reduce the texture of the checkering.
I did that. Thanks though. It should be dry enough tomorrow to poly them.

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