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  1. Thad

    A "Gripping" Tale

    I definitely have more work to do. This is a first attempt and I learned that I need to learn some more about shaping and sizing, but I'm happy with the basic design. Once I get it perfected, I'm thinking about making a series of scales in a theme, after all, a man likes to accessorize too.
  2. Thad

    A "Gripping" Tale

    Thanks! Yeah, there a lot of improvements I'll be making on the Mark II version. That's why I went with oak this time, I have a lot of it and it's easy to learn from.
  3. Thad

    A "Gripping" Tale

    .45 ACP. Because, like me, slow and fat is exactly what you need!!
  4. How grumpy can you get?
  5. Picking peas at 7am and it was already 730. High today should be about 900. Not much wind and a low chance of showers. Which is good, Delta dropped a bunch of rain on us and I'll be glad to dry out for a couple of days.
  6. Thad

    A "Gripping" Tale

    Thanks! I still wanna know how that front sight pi&&ed this guy off, though. Makes me wonder about other front sights.......
  7. While cleaning weapons the other day, I took a good look at my 1911 and thought to myself, "Those plastic grips just don't do it justice." I then thought, "Hey, I've got this new carving bench that needs to be used." And, so, I started roughing out some grip blanks....... The bench turned out to be exactly what I needed to carve these out. It was the right height, allowed a surface that I wasn't too worried about abusing, and just really gave a rustic feel to the whole process...... I definitely need more practice. I learned a lot about using oak as a carving medium and about customizing grips for a particular person. I need to make another set, but these actually feel pretty good in the hand right now. We'll see what happens in the future....... I still want to know how someone can get this angry over a front sight.......
  8. Finally got to put the new carving bench to use. Carving out a pair of grips for my 1911. I do have one question regarding an illustration in the owner's manual.......who gets this angry over a front sight?
  9. Or, if you have a framing nailer, I just learned about these ....... https://www.homedepot.com/b/Hardware-Fasteners-Collated-Fasteners/Scrail/N-5yc1vZc282Z9n0 I can't wait to try them out.
  10. Those are some awesome ammo boxes! A classy gift indeed!
  11. And finally, installing the rope vise. I hope you can see how it's supposed to work. It's not a tight hold, just a steadying hold. The work piece will move, but it won't fall out. From the underside....... And an overview.....
  12. Shaping and trying ........ and cutting and trying.... finally get this thing to look like a bench!! Add a few dog holes........ and presto!! It's actually a workable bench right now. Considering adding a rope vise, though.
  13. Function over form is a valid concept. Right now, with a little more shaping, the aesthetics are coming together,
  14. Still shaping the legs and they still look like spider legs. I really need to pay more attention to actually using angles when I'm making legs.
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