How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

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    You can email me any time at h2owork@aol.com
    If I can't explain with typing, I will shoot some photo's and maybe that will help. Just ask whaterver you need to know and I will do my best to get you in the business. It is something that is really rewarding, to see and feel something you have built yourself. That's the only thing that keeps me going is the beauty and feel of the finished product.
    Let me hear from you. I didn't mean to scare you off of the Purplehart, If you already have some, then give it a try. It just takes a lot of hand sanding on the ends after shaping with belt sander to get the burnt ends looking good again.
    Carl
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    Rarely to I look at every page on threads this long, but I made an exception on this on. Fine craftsmanship is an understatement regarding your work sir. I will certainly be looking at your site.

    Thank-you for sharing your work with us.
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    Just finished another pair of grips that ya'll might be interested in looking at.
    The grips are made from Desert Ironwood Burl with some awesome grain effects. These effects are hard to see in the photographs. The only way to really appreciate them, or any wood is to hold it in your hand. Pictures never do it justice. Anyway, back to the grips. My wife had some New Orleans Saints ear rings that I confiscated and cut the eyelet off and inlaid into these grips. Since I only live about 45 minutes from New Orleans, I thought these might go over big here.
    Enjoy.

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  4. hotsights

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    40CalJoe,

    Your comment is right on, I've just about decided to make this gentleman's web-site my home page, I'll be able to get there faster. This very minute, I'm working on a pair of 1911 custom grips using Japanese Maple. I'm following some procedural guidence that WoodNut has shared with me. not only is he an exceptional craftsman, he is an outstanding human being as youwill discover on your own.
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    Gosh Guys!
    I really am impressed with all the kindness ya'll have expressed, makes me feel like I might be doing something right for a change.

    Thought you might like to see another set that I did for a Navy Seal. These are some Arizona Desert Ironwood grips. The gentleman sent me the Trident's to inlay and I just finished them yesterday. I emailed him a photo of them and he really likes them. They are some beautiful grips. The picture never does them justice. The grain in this piece of burl is something to behold, it's though you can look right into the wood.
    Enjoy!

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    Here are my latest. This is a .44 cowboy styl pistol with maple panels. The gentleman is left handed so he only wanted the stippling on the left grip. Pretty fancy Maple.
    Enjoy!

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    Must be illegal to do work this beautiful because I ain't seen the likes of it no-wheres else. I suppose that when you do it with pride and with heart, the craftmanship can withstand the scrutiny of even the closest, close up. The grain is gorgeous and it appears to be a natural finish showing off the polished effect of fine sanding? The Western Star seems to have grown from within the Maple and not inlaid into it. What specie of Maple is this? I bet you could take a tooth-pick and turn it into Excaliber. Nice, smooth and accurate edging alone to internal grip design, I forgot the correct word, but very smooth, also adds to the grip-a-bility, I reckon. As we often say in the Marine Corps, Well Done!
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  8. yellerdawg

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    Woodnut, your work is very nice, as always. I am sorry I havent posted any pics per my sets, but Ihope I have a camera again soon.

    If I didnt before, I am only offering the following link for two reasons for you....


    1- perhaps another source you can have for medallions.....at $ 14 a pair...these are good....maybe as a dealer also, he will give his source...?


    2- Just in case you need a source for some wierd composite you dont already provide...( non wood...etc...).....I have heard good about this guy...and just ordered some "John Wayne " yellow set...as I got a hankerin for them.....:D

    If you should ever do any grip other than 1911....also a good source for grip plates/butt plate and spacers..etc....

    You probably know of this link, but am offering it anyway, case you or others want to check it out......I know shopping thru "Michaels" or similiar for pins and tie tacks ...etc.....doesnt always provide enough "inlay" examples...etc....and its seeming like inlays are more prominent with you and others also....

    Just trying to help....keep up the good wood working.....


    regards,

    ...also....I have no vested interest in this link...just a medallion source :D

    http://www.tombstonegrips.com
  9. Woodnut

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    Thanks Yellerdawg.

    I know about this link and have ordered medallions from him before. Yes they are very good medallions, and fast shipping. It is hard to keep an inventory of medallions, because you just never know what the public will want. I usually keep in stock mostly military and star medallions.
    Thanks so much for keeping me in your thoughts, and I appreciate the link.
    Carl
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    Hotsigts;

    Thanks again for the kind words. You have a way with words that I have never had. It is so hard for me to express my thoughts into words for typing. Now on the other hand, if I can be in front of the person I can talk my way out of a paper bag, in other words I don't have a problem expressing my point in person, except for a speech problem I have and have had all my life, and will have until I die. Stuttering.
    All this being said, I like to forgot why I answered this thread, the Maple is Rock Maple and is really beautiful. Not a lot of burl but just enouth grain to make it look good, and just a beautiful color finished with natural finish. These have been finished with Birchwood Casey's Tru-Oil gun stock finish, after much sanding.
    Thanks again
    Carl
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    These are some experiments with wood and how I'm learning something about the nature of the wood i'm working with. Also, i'm getting the idea of how to use the original grip as a pattern and to hand sand and shape the wood and get the metal side flat. Woodnut's images are a large part of my inspiration. If I listen long enough and practice, maybe i'll make some real grips before long, maybe.

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    Carl,

    Just read your message and it brought to mind an interesting fact. A lot of people make their living talking and in the end, never create or accomplish anything. For some reason, as soon as I said that, I realized that the words had a "Political Ring," to them. On the other hand, some people are meant to be creative, work with their hands and take natural resources and revitalize them to be works of art, like a Carpenter. There is a Carpenter mentioned in the bible, the whole book seems to be about him, being a Carpenter and working with one’s hands is a good thing and he was also a teacher. Not doing any advertising here as that is not my intent, but when I visited your site, I discovered that you also make furniture, kind of like being a Carpenter, isn’t it? Oh, I don’t expect a reply comment when I leave a message, just as you have the time is fine, I know we all get our messages and we’re all busy.
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    Hotsights,
    I have heard the story, his name is St. Joseph, Saint of Carpenters. I am inserting a link for the miracle staircase that was built in Sante Fe NM in the 1800's. Please read the article at the bottom of the page on the right. This staircase has no support what so ever, it is free standing. It is very interesting to do some research on, or it was very rewarding to me.
    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...v=/images?q=miracle+staircase&hl=en&sa=X&um=1
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    Was expecting some comments on the Miracle Stairway article, I really thought it was neat.

    I should have some more grips to show after the first of the year. I am shut down from now until then.

    Everyone have some great holidays and thanks for all the posts you have added to this thread.
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    Sir you do outstanding work.

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    Just wanted to take the time to wish everyone a​
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. ​


    I have had to be away from my grip building for a while and should have some new pictures for you to look at after the first of the year.

    I have really enjoyed this thread and all the kind words that have been spoken in the posts. For this, I say thanks again.
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    This is the first set of 1911 grips I've ever made, tried before, but just much more fire wood. Then this guy Carl Wallace offered to help me, I didn't know he was a Master Grip Maker (which he denies being.) I love Japanese Maple so that was my wood of choice. They are not perfect, but I'm proud as heck of them. Carl says grip making is about metal and wood meeting in a smooth, tight manner.

    I'm trying to convince Carl to make a One Stop tutorial, he said he'd think about it, just to get me off his back I think. I said I'd buy it if it were under $50,000,00 ha, ha.

    Thanks Carl, couldn't have done it without your help and I will get better.

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    Hey there Hotsights:

    Just now got around to visiting the site, and your last attempt is looking great. Looks like a perfect fit and I love the choice of wood.

    Thanks for the plugs and kind words. Keep going. You'll get there.

    I am still offering help to anyone that wants it. I might get around to the tutorial, don't know for sure yet. It might help a lot of folks.

    Thanks again
    Carl
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    WoodNut is a good name, Wood-Wizard is more accurate. I followed your instructions and after about 8 hours, I have a set of grips with a mirror finish. I could shave in front of one of those grips. Your instructions were clear and I sure do appreciate the help. The step drill bit is going to bem like a magic wand to me, thanks for all the other artful processes you have shared.

    Now that I finally have the items you suggested I get, things are moving right along, slow and careful, but moving. Even some of my die-hard acrylic-grip fans are recognizing the beauty of wood.

    I'll pull the Padauk grips now that they have set on the frame for awhile and give them the magic WoodNut-Wizard finish.

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    Very nice work!!
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