Intro: Custom Wood Gun Handles
And for my next trick I will write an introduction in the form of a government document.
That is all*
*That is NOT all, please be advised that this/ that is not "all" as "all" is a non defined term. In actuality "That" refers to an instructable that may or may not exist and may or may not be about "Custom Wood Gun Handles" and how to make them. SO, I have no idea what else to write so let's get started.
Step 1: Tools/ Materials
-Main Wood (I used Rosewood)
-Secondary/ Accent Wood (I used Ebony as the two compliment each other well)
-Finish (I used polyurethane)
-Sandpaper or Sander
Step 2: Making the Blanks
For this instructable, I will assume that anyone who will be wanting to do this will be old enough and wise enough to handle a gun and therefore power tools. Please be safe if you are going to use either. Before doing anything make sure the gun is not loaded, there isn't a round in the chamber, and the magazine is ejected. Also keep the gun away from power tools so the sawdust doesn't get into it.
The first step is to take off the old handles. Then you will trace them onto your desired wood for your handles and get to work. As this is not very difficult work and can seem monotonous, I urge you not to rush it. Anyways, once you trace and cut out the handles on the bandsaw make marks where the holes for the screws go, which is best to be done before you curve the handles, as they are easier to fix and change while they are still unworked.
Step 3: Accents and Finish
This step can be done many different ways, but I'll just tell you how I did it because all I seem to want to talk about is me, because I'm amazing. Well, I'm pretty great. Actually, I'm just ok. In truth, I'd settle for average.
Anyways, back to the interesting topics (unlike myself). For this step mark how wide you want the accent piece on your handle then start filing away. If you need help starting you can use a handsaw to square off the sides of the grooves. Then you need to cut a piece of your accent wood to shove in there with some glue on it then clamp it and leave it for a while. So you need to leave the piece a little larger at first so you can sand and finish both pieces in one go and so they'll be perfectly aligned. If any of this does't make sense it's because I have a splitting headache and am sort of out of it, if you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments.
Also, I chose the pieces with cracks in them intentionally because I think it gives character to wood. HOWEVER, crack only gives character to wood it definitely does not look good on people and give them character. No one looks good with their asphalt showing.
Once, you get the main accent finished you may want to add other grooves to give it more grip so it is either to hold onto, but mainly look even sexier. What I did was go at the little bugger with a dremel. You don't have to do this step if you don't want to but then again you don't have to do any of this if you don't want to, I'm not your bank statement telling you what you can and can't do, go out there and be your own person but please use the correct bathroom that corresponds to your biological gender.
I used a simple wooden rotary tip on my dremel to make an offset box inside the accent and the curves.
Once you give it all the accents you want, sand it down to the desired smoothness whether that's crocodile porcupine or baby bottom, then give it a good few coats of polyurethane, NOT WHILE ON THE GUN. then let it dry completely and enjoy.
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