How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. 1911inTEXAS

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  2. Woodnut

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    Thanks for the information. I have talked to Sarge before. He does some awesome work, and very pleasant to talk with.
    I found some of the stabilized fire box elder, I should have it in a week or so. I can hardly wait to see the beauty it brings. I am tied up this week and did not get to work in my shop. I should have more grips to post next week.
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    The photo of today is of a pair of Laminated Cocobolo With the Delta Elite Medallion inlaid in them. This a very durable wood, (shooters wood). It has no finish to wear off, it naturally polishes to a mirror finish, and is beautiful. This type is a great grip for a carry piece.

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    This is a set of spotted Bocote that is just simply beautiful with all the black lines and lighter tan grain. This is a nice wood to work with. Next to desert ironwood this may be another one of my many favorites. Working with these exotic woods is a dream come true. The finish makes them come out even more. These would be nice for a carry piece also, and a good shooters wood. I have some more of it ordered, can't wait to see what it brings.

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    Hey Carl,

    So my wife came to you for a purchase and I happened to be the one to check the mail today so guess who got a birthday gift early... :D oh thats right me!!!!! Here are some pics of the new grips on my Kimber....

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    As always Carl, these girps are AWESOME!!!! And my wife knows my taste well. Thank you for the fine craftsmanship and I am so glad I checked the mail today... early b-day presents are the best!
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    My "patent[​IMG]ed " grips on the BBQ gun
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    Kurt, thanks for the pictures they look great. I noticed you have an ambi safety on the Kimber, if the grips need cut just let me know. I can't remember if they were cut or not.
    The Kimber looks good, I am burnning up to own one.........maybe later, someday, soon :D ;)
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    Redhart, Thanks for the photos of the "patented" grips. That is some awesome work. Please show me more.
    Carl
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    Heres todays beautiful wood. It is Stabilized Redwood Burl. You don't see very much redwood with this kind of quality. It was amazing to work with and turned out very nice. The grain has some contrast and just zig zags every which way. You can almost see beneath the surface. Reminds of some agates that I polished years ago. That is another hobby that is very interesting, I haven't done any of it since I left Minn. years ago, I won't tell you when because that would give away my age ;)

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    Woodnut, just to say I enjoy seeing your beautiful work a great deal.

    To really make a gun look the part nothing you can add does it better than a nice wood grip. Heck, with a nice colour and grain it even beats ivory and mother of pearl in my book.
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    Sorry for no new post lately, Gustav thru a monkey wrench in my grip making for a while. Maybe I will be back up an running soon with some new posts. Probably in the next couple of weeks, or maybe sooner. I promise to have new photos for you to look at soon. Thanks for all the response to this thread.
    Carl
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    Thanks for the words of inspiration, and I agree. I am so glad that you enjoy the pictures. Keep checking, I will have more pictures soon.
    Carl
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    My goodness I don't remember seeing this thread, I am glad I didn't overlook it again, the grips are beautiful, thanks for sharing!!! Please show us more as you make them you are a true craftsman..
    Tim
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    Thanks so much for the kind words. I will soon be back up and running. When I started this thread I really wanted to tell people how to do their own customizing but I have not had the interest. Most folks just like to look at the grips and the nice wood, in which I don't mind at all. Matter of fact I enjoy the comments I get and I love to show my work as well as the beauty of the wood. Wood has always fascinated me. There is always a surprise in every piece. If I can help any one with a how to, don't hesitate to contact me, I will be more than happy to share the way I do my work. Anyone can do it. It only takes a minimum of tools and a lot of patience.
    I do plan in the future to put together a kit that will furnish every thing needed to build your own grips.
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    Thanks for the link, I will check it out. I am always looking for different woods. At the present I am looking for some Buffalo horn that is large enough for grips, also regular stag.

    If you are talking about the scales. The minimum measurements the scales have to be are 1 and 5/8 wide, 4 and 3/4 long and should be 3/8 of an inch thick for the standard grip. They can be made with 5/16 thick, but you don't have much room to sand and finish because the finished grip needs to be about .250 to .260. If you want the dimensions for the finished grip and hole centers, I can give you that in a later post, I don't have those dimensions in my head, I will have to measure. I will be glad to give you those measurements if you want. Just let me know.
    Thanks for the post and looking at my thread.
    Carl
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    This is a pair of Ajax pewter grips that I ordered for someone and he wanted me to enhance the engraving. I decided to post a before and after picture to show the difference it makes. The grip on the left is in its original condition, the one on the right is the after enhancement. These would look good on a blued gun or on a stainless for that matter. The darking of the background made all the difference in the world. I think they are a lot better looking now than before. It seemed to me to make them look more expensive, and elegant.
    Some thoughts please!!!
    Enjoy the pictures.

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    the pewter is cool, i would imagine they get hot in the sun though, or cold in the winter for that matter, anyway, yeah the dimensions i was looking for were the finished ones, i hve the measurement for the screw holes i just need the height and width of the finished grip, thanks, and i believe there was some buffalo horn on nck, might not be big enough though
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    The temperature is something I hadn't thought of. Guess because I am used to an indoor range and I do not carry a weapon on a daily basis. It's something to think about when buying grips. Here is a rough drawing of the measurements you wanted. Keep in mind that these measurements can vary depending on the look you want on the frame, but they will be close. The grips are .250 to .265 thick or 1/4 to 5/16 in inches. If I can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.
    Thanks
    Carl

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    I have finally gotten back to the shop to build more grips and customize some that I already have in stock. Today I am showing a pair of fancy maple that I decided to darken the outline of the design to make it pop out a little better. Personally I really like the look, of course its not for everyone. Grips and design are a matter of personal taste. This is a nice example of fancy maple, lots of burl and depth. Grain just swirls all around and glistens when turned in the light. It is finished with Birch Wood Casey Tru Oil. This is a pair of grips that really must be held in hand to appreciate the beauty of the wood. The stippled design and cut border really adds to them.
    Enjoy the pictures, will have more soon.

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