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Here are a few shots of the grips I just made for my P938. I used a matte clear coat finish instead of something glossy as I prefer less flashy. I also increased their thickness by nearly twice the factory plastic. (from .11 to .19-.20) What do you folks think?


 

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It's Bocote. I have a couple others on hand I'm going to use to make some. Cocobolo, Honduran Rosewood, walnnut and I can't recall what the other one is called.
 

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Very nice. I really like that wood.
 

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I like! Mine has the Rosewood grips, 1st gun I have owned that has wood grips. Could I suggest making some from Bloodwood, or Paduk?
 

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I like! Mine has the Rosewood grips, 1st gun I have owned that has wood grips. Could I suggest making some from Bloodwood, or Paduk?
I almost bought some bloodwood last time I was over at Woodcraft. I did see the Paduk as well. There are so many awesome looking choices it's hard to pick just a couple. I've got some walnut, cocobolo and Honduran Rosewood that I'm going to do next, then I'll get some more exotic stuff. :D
 

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Huh. Woodcraft. Isn't that one of those chain store tool places? If so, have you ever tried searching out a hardwood lumberyard? We have one that sells NOTHING but lumber for woodworkers. AWESOME place. To the best of my knowledge, they do not send stuff mail order. You have to go and pick thru to find what you want. But I bet it's cheaper.

Here it is anyway: Highland Hardwoods, Brentwood, NH
 

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I thought about doing that, but many of the ones around here don't like to bother selling 1 or 2 pieces and they don't really deal with woodworkers, all more commercial. Woodcraft is just a woodworking supply store chain. They have all the machinery for the hobby as well as many different types of exotic blanks to make whatever you wish. For instance, I think the Honduran Rosewood was $9.99 for a 3x3x12 block. (about enough to make 15 individual sides)
 

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Oh, well, that's not too bad. The place I referred to around here caters to everybody, whether it's one short at 25% off, or a whole tractor trailer load....
 

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I cut the basic patterns and sanded down the thickness I want last night on a set of cocobolo and walnut. I seem to do better work in the evening into the wee hours of the morning. Kinda irritating really, cause then I don't get to bed till 2 and don't want to drag my *** up in the mornings.
 

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Those look amazing. I know we butted heads in another post but would you think about maybe making me a set? Could you do any kind of checkering on them?

My 938 loves tulla by the way lol
 

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^^^^^LOL, UhOh.

Yeah, I could be like that, too but I won't let myself. I simply could not function.....
 

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Here's a couple more that I have in the works. The first is a set of Walnut, and the second is a set of cocobolo. The guys told me when I bought it that cocobolo dust particles were respiratory irritants, and I told them they were just pussies. They were right, friggin sneezing and runny nose the whole time I was sanding them. Good thing is, it's only the sanding dust that does it, not the wood itself. These have been cut to the correct pattern, done about 90% of the sanding, and I applied a coat of oil last night. I still have some sanding to do, and to decide if I want them to have a matte or gloss finish. They look like glossy and matte spots in the pictures because they were partially still wet this morning.

 

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I have heard that some of those exotic tropical woods are also potentially carcinogens.
 

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I have heard that some of those exotic tropical woods are also potentially carcinogens.
It wouldn't surprise me. I'll probably drop dead next week. Would be just my luck.

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Those look amazing. I know we butted heads in another post but would you think about maybe making me a set? Could you do any kind of checkering on them?
It's possible. Of course, there is an additional fee if you are going to use Tula while they are installed. :D
I've not yet learned checkering. I'll have to find some tools for it and get a little practice in before I start doing that on grips for sale though. At this point I'd say I'd only make smooth finish for others.
 

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Here they are little further along, and on the 938. First two are the Walnut, second two are the Cocobolo. They have been oiled one time at this point. I did some more sanding on the Walnut, so the finish is uneven on them at the time of the photo. The cocobolo wood doesn't really take to well to oil....it's a naturally oily wood to begin with, but it did darken up a bit from the natural color. (to me, the cocobolo looks very similar to the Rosewood grips, minus the checkering anyway) This is the point where I have to decide if they should have a matte finish or gloss. What do you think?



 

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I like the 2nd set, they do look like the rosewood grips it comes with. I'd keep them matte...
 

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I like the 2nd set, they do look like the rosewood grips it comes with. I'd keep them matte...
I kinda prefer the matte finish myself. I have a matte clear coat that ads a decent amount of hardness to the finish. I'll tell you one thing though, you do learn quite a lot about grips when you make a couple sets. 1/10th of an inch doesn't sound like much, but it can be the difference between a comfortable grip and a horrible one.
 

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hey General Patron, do you do any grips for the P238? i i HATE the plastic grips that they come with so i ordered a nice set from rhinotech that actually look really good. i was just wondering about a backup pair or just switch them out completely. thanks.
 

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I have heard that some of those exotic tropical woods are also potentially carcinogens.
I've come to the conclusion that nothing on this earth is NOT lethal in the right amounts. Overexposure to the sun can cause skin cancer...to much sunscreen can cause breast cancer (or used to). Anything inhaled through the lungs can cause lung cancer. Too much alcohol damages the liver. Smoking, dipping, chewing... Sugar can lead to obesity, can lead to diabetes, can lead to heart disease, leads to death. High fructose corn syrup: the subject of health campaigns lately, and the corn/agriculture industry fighting back with their ads "just like sugar, it's fine in moderation"... Of course it is. High fat foods lead to myriad health and cardio problems. A water bottle left in the sun releases carcinogens into it's contents. Cell phones, PDAs, laptops... Eye problems, carpal tunnel, brain tumors....

Tomorrow I'm having two places removed from my neck that my doctor thinks MAY be carcinomas (cancers). I'm only 28 years old. Many of my friends have been battling cancers, tumors, polyps, and whatnots within their digestive tract, linked to irradiated water we were given in Afghanistan. I drank as much of it as anyone else.

Guess what? I'll still be playing in the sun all summer long on the boat too.

Sorry for the rant. I'm just upset. I always hear, "that stuff can kill you", everywhere I turn. I refuse to live in fear of living.
 
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