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Making 1911 Grips

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Valkman, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I love 1911's and needed a new hobby so I've started making grips. I don't have much wood to make them from - sent a lot of wood, micarta and G10 to another knifemaker - but I do have some and have been giving it a shot. It's harder than I thought it would be, getting them to the right thickness and making them fit right is a challenge!

    Here's the first pair that fit the gun and came out halfway decent - my 5th try - just some crap wood that was laying around:

    Left_side1-1. right_side1-1.

    Here's some more "mystery wood" but these came out pretty nice and fit my Colt well:


    Then here's the latest pair - not as good as the previous ones but they do fit well:


    That's what I've been doing! I need a bandsaw and I think I'll be buying one the end of the month. Other than that one guy is sending me a bunch of cherry wood so I'll be using a lot of that.

    Whatcha think? :)
    Left_side1-1. Left_side1-1. right_side1-1. right_side1-1. Black_with_stripes. Black_with_stripes. Spalted_Maple. Spalted_Maple.
  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    As a fellow M1911 guy, I think they look pretty danged good!
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Not bad for a knifemaker ---(Glad you're back.)
  4. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Beautiful work.
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I like these Valk!
    Quigley_Sharps likes this.
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Have you got templates for Springer mil spec? I have some black walnut "just the right size" for 2 pair of bookend grips.
  7. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have a Mil-Spec but it's out getting custom work done. I'd need the grips off the gun I guess to use as a template, but it should be the same as my Colt.
  8. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Nice job, dude. Great task to choose. [woot]
  9. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    LOL mount them on your Glocks? j/k
    Great work Valkman.
  10. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Thanks all!
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