Micarta grips: how to make.

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Sdamiani, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Sdamiani

    Sdamiani New Member

    So, I've got a bee in my bonnet. I typically watch the parents house while they're away for thanksgiving..Every year, I plan a DIY project for that week.

    This year, I want to make a pair of 1911 micarta thin grips. I'm thinking black and silver/gray linen, but I've never done something quite like this. From my understanding, its just a layer of fiberglass resin, followed by linen, followed by more resin, et cetera, et cetera until you're done with the rough block. Is this correct? Any specific types of fabric or resin I should lean towards? How thick should I make the block/sheet for a pair of thin grips? Once everything is said and done, should I coat it again with a type of varnish, or will the fiberglass provide all the protection I need?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll post pictures as I work on them, but as I hand file/fit, it'll probably be pretty lengthy.
  2. Dan308

    Dan308 Member

    check out my video. It's about knife scales but you can apply it to your pistol grips. Boat resin from Walmart will work just fine. As for the material, you can use just about anything you want. It will take about 15 - 20 layers to make about 1/4 inch scale. Use a "C" channel lined with plastic it will be much easier.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012

  3. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Well-Known Member Supporter

    Or, you could just buy the Micarta and save yourself a lot of trouble and mess.
  4. Sdamiani

    Sdamiani New Member

    The trouble and mess is what makes projects fun!

    And thanks, I'll be sure to refer to that video often!