How to customize your 1911 grips

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Woodnut, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Diamondhead, MS
    Well, I'm back. Hi to all. Hope this will spark some interest. I just made these grips for a Colt Commander 80 series. They have the same general pattern as the Kimber SIS. I think they came out fairly good. The customer is really satisfied with them. I may have to build some more with this design, as I think it is absolutely beautiful. Who knows, I might even use this on my personal gun. This particular set is made with laminated Cocobolo.
    Enjoy and tell me what your thoughts are on this design.

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  2. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    I just now discovered this thread. I've only recently become a fan of the 1911 pistols. I might be in the market for a set of grips after a while. At the moment i'm holding back on spending until i find a job. But once i do i will get a pair. I like the idea of cherry or similar in a dark glossy finish.


  3. Pete b cg

    Pete b cg New Member

    May 31, 2009
    Woodnut, you make beautiful grips. I wouldn't darken that stippled pair, leave the wood's beauty shining through.

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2009
  4. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Diamondhead, MS

    I agree with you on the letting the beauty of the wood shine through. But some people just like it darker than the wood.
    I like this design well enough that I am building a set of Ebony grips for my gun using the design that is pictured above. I realize that the Ebony does not have a lot of grain contrast, but I think the design will show up fairly well. Guess we will see.
  5. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Diamondhead, MS
    I will have some pre ban Ivory within about 2 weeks. I can't wait to work with it again. I worked some back in the 60's, it works so nice, and now that I live on the coast the humidity will be in my favor. It won't crack as easily as in dry areas. I will be sure to post them when I finish.
  6. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Diamondhead, MS
    Well I got the Ivory in and sold before the blanks arrived. I am almost finished with them now. I will post some pictures later on this week. The are really nice, the blanks were cut the way Ivory is supposed to be cut, and that is an art in itself. This guy knows his stuff when it comes to cutting the blanks. That is one reason that I hadn't ventured into the Ivory field. But now that I have found someone I can trust I will be making more of them.

    I am posting a set of grips that I just finished. The gentleman wanted me to duplicate a tattoo that he had on his arm. He shot a picture of his arm and sent to me and I drew the tattoo from the photograph in a smaller version. I then carved it in this nice Afzelia wood and did a black poured epoxy fill then sanded it off and re-finished the grips. Turned out pretty nice, I really enjoy this type of work.

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  7. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Diamondhead, MS
    Here are the pictures of the African Elephant Ivory that I promised. There are no words to describe the color and beauty of these grips. They were built for a Custom Caspian 1911 .45 SA. with Mag-Well. I had the frame to work from so I could get a good Ivory to metal fit, which shows in the first picture. The pictures do not do them justice. They are whiter than the pictures and very consistent in color. If you see any blemishes, it is a reflection, I am not a photographer.:)

    All comments Welcome


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  8. henry77

    henry77 New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Wiggins, MS
    Woodnut, Love your work. I live in Wiggins, MS. - not far from you. Just picked up a new Springfield 1911 Mil Spec in stainless. It will need some new grips to suit me.

    Will be looking at your site to try and find some that I can afford. Love beautiful wood.

  9. Xaiver56

    Xaiver56 New Member

    Oct 28, 2007
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Carl, that Ivory is awesome, as always your work is amazing
  10. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Woodnut - great work! Here is the Nighthawk we have been discussing via PM.

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  11. ivarr

    ivarr New Member

    just joined TFF the other day, and am loving this thread.
    i am a hardcore 1911 purist, and this stuff is heaven to me.
    as a fellow professional woodworker
    i have a serious appreciation for your work.
    it was this particular post that caught my attention though.
    i happen to have a rather good stock of cherry and oak burl on hand with really incredible figuring, and am just this moment embarking on making my very first set of grips.
    if they don't turn out as well as i hope, perhaps you would be interested in another barter ???
  12. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Diamondhead, MS

    Just read your post and looked at the web site, man you do some awesome work. Very nice stuff.

    Listen: If you want to build your own grips and need some pointers, just let me know. I keep no secrets and will help you to no end. On the barter part, I would be glad to do that also, the only thing is I would need to know the moister content of the wood. If it is not dry enough it will warp. Looking at your work, you will have no problem working the grips. There are a few steps in the process that is a little tricky, but like I said, I will help any way I can. You may email me at
    Thanks for the kind words on my workmanship. Always appreciated.
  13. ivarr

    ivarr New Member

    i'll check with my moisture meter this morning, but i'm betting much of the cherry is down around 7 or 8 %
  14. ivarr

    ivarr New Member

    well, about 2 hours work and some beautiful cherry burl was all for naught...

  15. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    leave them plain man. plain i say.
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