How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. Woodnut

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    Black India Ink.
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    Thanks carl I'm planning on trying to stipple a set of grips and I really like the contrast! Those grips look awesome!
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    If you have never done stippling, give me a call some time and I will give you an easy way to do it. Applying the ink is a piece of cake. So is the stippling but some folks back away from it because of lack of knowledge. Don't take this wrong, I'm not saying you don't already know how this is done, I am just offering help, if you need it.
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    I don't have a clue how its done
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    My phone number is 228-255-0822, I am usually here, if not I will return your call shortly, if you will leave a message. I will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have about it.
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    Here is a few sets of grips that have come out of my shop lately. I still have several more that have not been photographed.
    First pair is Desert Ironwood with the full badlands texture.
    Second is Bonded Ivory with Marine Globe and Anchor laser engraved and inked
    Third is Bonded Ivory with Fire Fighters Logo laser engraved and inked.
    Fourth is a set of Bonded Ivory with sterling silver crosses inlaid.
    All eye candy.
    Enjoy!

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    Here is a couple shots of some Bonded Ivory that I put the medallions on then inlaid the sterling silver eagle. Love working with this bonded ivory, it works very nice and has the look and feel of the real stuff and I am told that it will slowly turn yellowish with age just like Ivory.
    Enjoy!

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  8. Cecil_Xzandu

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    @ Woodnut

    I just joined the forum. I did try to read all of the posts before asking, but as there are 15 pages I must admit I did not read them all. I have started to make my own grips and I was wondering if you would share your technique with me as well. Your grips are phenomenal. Mine, not so much. Tip tricks and general how to would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Brian
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    Thanks Shooter45, I had overlooked this post some way. It's no wonder tho since I have so much going on.

    Brian, I will be glad to answer any questions you have for me, and will help you in any way I can. We need more people interested in hand made stuff not only grips but anything out of wood. It is a dying art and I hate to see go by the wayside like so many other things have. The computer is about to take over everything except my work. LOL. I love it and take a lot of pride in doing what I do, and hope it shows in my work. I get pure satisfaction out of helping someone as well as actually doing the work.
    Let me hear from you. You are welcome to call me any time to chat and ask any questions you may have. 228 255 0822 or email me at cwgrips@gmail.com.
    Thanks for looking.
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    @ Shooter45 -

    Thanks for the link. I apologize for not trying harder.

    @ Woodnut -

    Thank you very much. I'm sure I'll have some questions along the way. I appreciate the contact info. I live on the west coast in Washington and I don't recognize that area code. I will try to limit my questions to email. I am only making these grips as a hobbie so there is no immediate rush on answers.

    Thanks again,
    Brian
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    Brian:
    The area coad 228 is South Mississippi, southern most countys that join the Gulf Coast. Go North one county and you are in the 601 area code.
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    Not long ago I asked Carl/Woodnut this same question, will you teach me to make grips? Carl said yes if, you're serious! I was serious & the some of the first things I learned weren't about grip making, but about the teacher, Carl Wallace. Honest, A man of character, integrity beyond question, willing & able to help anyone learn and most of all, he has become a life long friend.


    He will tell you what equipment to get, how to use it and a some clever ways to make beautiful grips. Are my words true or, am I just trying to do some fast, self-serving advertising? If I wanted to do that, I would have said visit http://www.1911grips.ecrater.com a long time ago. I wanted to learn how to make 1911 grips & Carl led me by the hand with a kindness similar to how a grandfather teaches his grandchildren. That sounds a bit gooey, but he is that way as long as you are trying.


    I also, just wanted to learn as a hobby, then I kept making them and decided to put them on a website and have sold a few. Among my favorite grips are the Osage Orange grips and that is beautiful wood. Every grip on my little site was created because Carl Wallace shared his time and his love of the art with me. My ability is still limited & I will refer potential customers to Carl because Carl can do it all.


    Thank You Carl,


    HotSights
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    hotsights, your not alone. There are a few here that carl has reached out to. Now, he could have took the additude that if he helped you get good at grip making, you might come along and take his business or cut him in some way. But, he doesnt think that way. He is willing to help whoever shows a true desire to learn and for free. So, that says alot about someone. My hat is off to carl and I wish him great success in his business. Good to have him as a member here.
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    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.

    @ Woodnut-

    Carl, why does the step down drill bit need to be modified?
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    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.
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    I dont know if anyone could have written this any better. I have been talking to Carl for a couple weeks now about a set of grips for my new 1911 and with that post I have never experienced anyone as personable and likeable right of the get goas Carl. We have been talking through email and on the phone once and he has never led me to believe any different.

    Hey Carl. Looking forward to chatting again soon. Ill get these things straightened out soon enough. Puple Heart for the SW Mod 686?? Maybe Tulip or Olive.

    Take care of the wife. She needs you most now.

    Talk to you soon!
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    Well I haven't put any eye candy on this thread in a while. Here is a set that I did today for my pistol. It is made out of Corian. I had never used this material before. someone gave me this piece about a year or more ago and it was just laying outside leaned up against the shop. So today I was working on a customers grips that was made out of Corian, so I thought I would try it and I really like the way it works. Then after cutting the Corian to the right thickness for the grips I had a real thin piece left over, so I cut inlays out of it to see how that would look in some walnut scrap I had in the shop. Well it looks good to me. Here I go rambling again.
    Enjoy!

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    those are real nice!
  20. Cecil_Xzandu

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    Ok. So I made a couple of sets. (I'll put pictures up soon. Stupid iPhone.) I used tung oil on them but they do not have a shiny surface. Did I do something wrong. I sanded them down for a long time with 220 grit. Also, how will they hold up to sweat? I carry SOB with an inside the waistband holster.
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