How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum Cecil.
    When using Tung oil the wood soaks up almost all of the oil and leaves a satin finish. If it is used on a very hard wood it can sometimes be buffed out to a shinny finish, depending on how many coats you give it.
    Personally I think you should do more sanding, and go all the way thru at least 1200 grit. I will sometimes go all the way to 2000, depending on the finish I have in mind. I also use Birchwood Casy's Tru-Oil gunstock finish for a bright shinny finish. Usually about 4 coats will do the trick if sanded properly.
    I will be glad to give you some pointers and discuss the process if you will email me at cwgrips@gmail.com.
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    Top notch as always Carl. I like the corian, it is very Ivory looking and I am a fan of Ivory. Just dont like the aged yellowing. Suppose i should say im an Ivory polymer fan then.. ;)
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    Josh, this Corian shouldn't yellow since it's main use was for counter tops. This piece I have is Bone color, but you can get it in almost any color of the rainbow. You might just have to have a set of them. LOL.
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    Is it similar to formica?
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    More like Marble or bone. Works a lot like Micarta. Should be some strong stuff. I'm sure as much as you have cooked you have seen or even used a Corian cutting board, they are real popular.
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    I use thin plastic cutting boards. Easy to clean and they roll up and fit inside a paper towel tube.

    But I see what you mean.
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    These cutting boards can be seen at wal mart with a sorta handle on them, some are a plastic and some are Corian. Pretty neat stuff. Tell you what when I get back from TN, I will send you a piece of it so you can experiment with it.
  8. Cecil_Xzandu

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    As promised. These are the two sets I've made so far.

    (sorry they are so big. I don't know how to make them smaller.)

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    Resizing is probably easiest with Photoshop.
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    The grips look nice, you did a great job on them. As for resizing the pictures I use Microsoft Picture Manager. It usually comes with the Microsoft Office program. I am not sure if it can be bought in a stan alone software or not, but it works really well for cropping and resizing. You can even mess with the tones of the picture if you like.
    Keep up the good work.
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    After looking at your large pictures I decided to help you out a little and resize them. I sure hope you don't mind. They are nice grips and pictures, it's just hard to see the grips with the large picture format. So here are the results.

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  12. Woodnut

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    This is a set of Full size 1911 grips that I designed for the 11th Anniversary of the TFF forum.

    These grips are made of Garbon Ebony. The TFF and 1 of 1 are inlaid with white Corian. The oval is a Snow White Holly wood inlay with 11th Anniversary cut into it. They have 8 coats of Tru-Oil gunstock finish on them and are really smooth.

    I am hoping to do this for each Anniversary in the coming years. Or at least as long as I am able to do it age wise.

    These grips will be raffled off on March 1 with the donations going to TFF for future drawings and operations.
    The tickets will be $10.00 for 2 chances.

    Take a look at the sticky in general discussions for details on the raffle.
    In the meantime enjoy the picture. Good luck in the raffle.

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    Real nice Carl, you too Cecil!
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    That Corian is beautiful, looks like Mother Of Pearl, then it looks like Ivory, very precise work. I haven't visited for awhile and hope all had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year. I recently sold a pair of Osage Orange grips to a gentleman who wanted to match his grips to the panels on his custom 110 Buck. He took some pics of the marriage and I'm sharing them with you.

    Carl taught me how to make grips, thank you!

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    Beautiful Work Martin. Hope ya'll had great holidays also. I will talk to you soon.
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    My latest piece of EyeCandy. These grips are made out of Celyon Ebony (blackest of the black) with Corian inlays. I am not sure what the shield is since the customer sent it to me to redraw for him. I am shipping the grips tomorrow. I sent him a picture tonight and he has made some great remarks about them, so i gues he likes them. These grips are for the Officers Model 1911.

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    Here is some more of the Corian to fit a Walther. Customers design. I redrew it and ran it through the laser, then inked the cut.

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    Just finished another set of grips. These are made of Colorado Elk Horn, the customer sent me the crosses and the Silver Colt Medallions and told me where to place them. The grips were on my web site (already made). Looks pretty good IMO.
    Enjoy!

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    Just finish a set of Exhibition grade Desert Ironwood with 1/2 hand checkered design.
    The first picture is of the smooth shaped blanks.
    The second is the finished grips.

    The next 2 pictures are of sets that a customer sent me for the inlay work. One has the 1911 Barber dimes and the other the crosses.
    Enjoy.

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  20. Zane71464

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    I love those Exhibition grade Desert Ironwood with 1/2 hand checkered design grips, Carl.
    The grain pattern in them are nice!

    ^^^ lot of NICE looking grips!!!
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