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Old May 11, 2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Custom Grips

I know there are some of us that make our own grips, so let's see them!

Here's a link to my website for the grips I make: http://brownscustomgrips.webs.com
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Old May 13, 2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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I don't make my own grips but I would love to see some pics from guys that do! I hope this thread takes hold. mabey I will take some pics of the custom grips my dad had made for my .44 Smith.
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Old May 14, 2009, 08:18 AM   #3
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here are the custom Ivory grips my dad had made. Sorry about the phone picture, I lost my camera a while back.
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Old May 14, 2009, 10:24 AM   #4
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VERY nice looking grips. I wish you well!
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Old May 14, 2009, 11:15 AM   #5
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Thank you sir. I appreciate that!
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Old July 9, 2009, 09:15 AM   #6
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Here are some pictures of a set I just got finished making for a customer.





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Old July 9, 2009, 12:57 PM   #7
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Here's the latest two sets that I've finished. If your style is a little on the wild side, these might do the trick for you. The grips are both box elder burl that are pressure injected with acrylic dyes. The purple set is sold. The grips are bobtail cut with bevels on both the bottom edge as well as the bobbed edge. The green and yellow set is a standard set and is for sale.



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Old July 12, 2009, 05:09 PM   #8
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all of those are just
Im starting to learn the trade, working on my first set that i think ill post when its done. Im going to try checkering them! You guys are truly an inspiration..
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Old December 6, 2009, 04:10 PM   #9
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Here's some of my newer ones.

Buckeye burl for officers frame



Spalted maple



English walnut



Fiddleback walnut

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Old December 6, 2009, 04:23 PM   #10
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These look like horn.



Great looking grips. Do you checker?

I've toyed with the idea of "grippin'". I don't really have the right tools.



I've also toyed with the idea of stock building, but I haven't gotten up enough nerve to start cuttin'. I had planned to use this chunk for a Ruger #1.

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Old December 6, 2009, 10:52 PM   #11
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No, I don't checker. If I offered just plain jane, run of the mill walnut or cocobolo then I might. But checkering the exotic woods that I use would take away from the beauty of the grain.

Grip making isn't that difficult. If you've got a band saw or a scroll saw, some sand paper, and few files, you've got enough equipment to make a set. Stock making on the other hand will be a whole seperate category. I wouldn't have enough patience to make a rifle stock.
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Old December 6, 2009, 11:09 PM   #12
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Your work is very nice. I think some of the less figured wood might look good with checkering. The burls and spalts really should be left alone to let the beauty show.

If I ever do make my stock I will have most of the shaping and inletting done by a duplicator, leaving only the final fitting and shaping for me. I'd love to learn how to checker, but I'm not sure I have the patience or understanding to complete a rifle. I have big dreams, but just enough understanding to know what a huge undertaking a hand crafted stock is.
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Old December 6, 2009, 11:22 PM   #13
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Very nice grips
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Old December 6, 2009, 11:59 PM   #14
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over on the 1911forum.com there is a member, Sarge43 makes some custom 1911 grips for all frame sizes. His website is
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He seems to make a great product.
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Old December 12, 2009, 02:41 PM   #15
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Here's the addition to my line up. Box elder burl grips with a smokey gray and tan color. The set is finished with 8 coats of tung oil

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Old December 12, 2009, 09:22 PM   #16
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Nice thread!

I don't actually make the grips myself, but I would like to learn how!
I just do the custom artwork.







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Old December 14, 2009, 09:51 AM   #17
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Here's another set of box elder burl finished with 8 coats of tung oil...

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Old December 18, 2009, 08:25 PM   #18
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Hey Olympus, those are some pretty snazzy grips you've made. I'm picking up my first 1911 style pistol tomorrow, and when I get new grips, I'm checking your site first.
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Old December 19, 2009, 10:00 AM   #19
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Sounds good!

Here's another set from the same batch of wood as the other blue and tan set. This set is PC-style and is finished with 5 coats of high gloss urethane.

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Old December 21, 2009, 08:11 PM   #20
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More English walnut PC-style with a bevel bottom finished with 8 coats of tung oil.



Amboyna burl with the traditional cutout for the MSH pin and bevel bottom finished with 8 coats of tung oil. I originally wanted to use a high gloss urethane but the scales are from the sapwood so they didn't want to to take any of the urethane. I had to strip it off and use the tung oil. Not my preferred finish on this type of wood, but it's still nice.

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Old December 21, 2009, 08:27 PM   #21
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Beautiful stuff. Got anything that will fit on a Ruger LCP?
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Old December 23, 2009, 09:41 AM   #22
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I've never tried to make a set for an LCP. I imagine there is a bit of inletting to do on the inside of the grip, but I'm not for sure.
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Old December 23, 2009, 05:54 PM   #23
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I'm not sure it's possible within reasonable effort. It might be easier to mill the surface of the frame flat, then drill and tap for very shallow screws; but the frame might need that extra material to prevent excess flex.
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Old December 28, 2009, 04:57 PM   #24
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Buckeye burl that are PC-style with a bevel bottom.


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Here's a new set of the fiddleback maple. I'm really impressed with how they turned out.



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