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Old February 20th, 2016, 03:02 AM   #1
 
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Grip Panels Using basic tools

Hope this may encourage others to carry out this project without requiring a woodworking shop.

First step is making thin steel templates. I find the case metal from old PC optical drives to be perfect. These allow me to get very close to a perfect fit without touching the firearm until final fitting. (The screws attaching templates to scales are very short) The beauty of the templates is being able to saw out the panel (coping saw) and sand to fit. The steel template will not allow you to oversand the edge. (hand sanding). The templates need to be very carefully fitted to the grip frame including the bottom pin pocket, in the case of single action Rugers. Making these templates is a long tedious process but remember that you can use them over and over. I have.





For this stainless Vaquero the final fitting is made easier because you can go back and re-polish the frame.



This is my tool for cutting the medallion pockets. Yes, I own an electric drill, but I find I have better control with this rig. Remember you are only going less than 1/8" deep.



Finished project..



Hope this helps.



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Love the idea.

The grips are magnificent! Really well done!
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Those are some beautiful grips. Nice work.
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Great grips.
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This is great, I intend to make myself some sag grips for a K frame in the not too distant future.
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Can't imagine what you could do with "advanced" tools. Fabulous.
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Your grips look really great using just hand tools. I made similar templates for all the grips that I made, but I made the templates out of 1/4" lexan.

Rather than spend a lot of time and effort fitting the grips to a template, I use that effort fitting them to the grip frame. I used to use the templates for routing the outside of the grips. But then I found out that that was kind of like a wasted step. I found that I could hand fit them to the grip frame pretty fast once I got used to making grips.

But, whatever works for you is what you should do. As I said the grips you pictured are great looking grips. I started out kind of like you. All I had was a small drill press and a sabre saw.
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beautiful work thank you for sharing
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