View Full Version : My #5 project

March 10, 2009, 07:45 PM
About five years ago I bought a Grover improved #5 and although it was a very nice revolver I never did like the loading gate on the wrong side so I sold it and decided I'd build my own. This started out as a New Frontier in 44 special. I built the grip frame and the grips are dyed and stabalized box elder burl. This picture shows the revolver with a SAA hammer but it has since been replaced with a Bisley Hammer. It also has a Belt Mountian #5 base pin installed.

John Anderson

March 10, 2009, 07:49 PM
Here..I'll help:


Beautiful grips...what are they made of?

March 10, 2009, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the help not much into computers. The grips are double dyed red/black stabalized box elder burl. It is wood but harder then the hubs of hell and water proof also!


March 11, 2009, 11:14 AM
Very nice work and might I ask where you bought this wood. I have a new project that would look good with this wood !! Thanks !!

Be Safe !!!

March 11, 2009, 02:02 PM
The wood is from Wood Stabilizing Specialists in Ionia Iowa at stabilizedwood.com. Here are two others I've done, The brown grips are single dyed brown amboynia burl on a single six and the real funky colored ones are double dyed green/black box elder burl on an old Herters 401 power mag. The black gold grips are double dyed black/gold box elder burl on an old flattop 44 ruger.

March 11, 2009, 02:19 PM
Seriously beautiful stuff.

I checked out their website....do you have to buy the wood in slab form and then make the grips yourself?

March 11, 2009, 04:06 PM
Just slabs, you have to make the grips yourself

March 11, 2009, 04:10 PM
Rats...I would love a set of 1911 grips.

March 11, 2009, 04:14 PM
I've made a couple sets for Kimber 1911's, they look great!

March 11, 2009, 04:16 PM
Those are beautiful eljohno!

Rats...I would love a set of 1911 grips C'mon Creature, you could do it. :) My own grim self might even be able to make some grips. Certainly intend to try some day.

March 11, 2009, 04:34 PM
C'mon Creature, you could do it.

I could...if I had the time.

March 11, 2009, 09:24 PM
I could...if I had the time. I was going to agree that time is the issue with me too, but I realize that with a whole day off, all I've gotten done is a few posts here, an 80 mile putt on my chopper and I did the dishes before the missus gets home. I did not get the property sprayed for weeds, go to the range, load cartridges or anything else particularly productive.

But eljohnos' grip sure are inspiring! I've never attempted any and don't know how it's done. I guess I would start with a blank, rough sawn to the grip's outside dimensions, attach a profile template to each end, saw, then sand the rest. Actually, I might take copious measurements of the profile and in the absence of a CNC milling machine, rough mill them on a manual machine at z-level planes, then finish sand them with the profile templates attached.

How do you make them eljohno? If you don't mind me askin'.

March 12, 2009, 07:45 PM
You Guys know what it really isn't that difficult start with a piece of junk wood for the first couple to figure things out then go to it!!