Originally Posted by Cecil_Xzandu
I read most of the posts on this topic now and never once got the impression that Carl was mean or conceding at all. Even after loads of people (myself included) asked the same question over and over. Thanks Carl and everyone else on the forum for being so polite.
Carl, why does the step down drill bit need to be modified?
Many thanks to all you guys with the kind words. They are always appreciated.
Sorry I haven't answered your question on the bit before now, but been having issues with the wife having her knee replaced. She is doing well and at home now trying to get over it.
The reason for the altered step bit.
The step bit comes out of the package with a 1/4 inch step up to the next step 9/32. You can use the 1/4 inch and have a little slack in the grip fit. I like a good tight fit of the grips to the frame. So I take the 1/4 step down to 15/64 for the center hole (which is the exact size of the bushing) then the 9/32 is exactly what is needed for the counter bore. At the top of this forum is a Sticky Thread titled "Building 1911 grips "step by step". Take a look at the tutorial in post number 9, that pretty well shows how it is used. Once altered you can use it without even clamping the grip, it will self align.
If you have further questions on this or any other facet of grip making, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for the question.
I would like to take the time to thank Hotsights personally. He can do some awesome grip making and I would like to think I had a little info to help him along the way. He was a very dedicated student and did every thing I ask of him, and his work shows it.
A special thanks goes out to you Martin.