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Posted: 11/18/2008 5:04:04 AM EST
looking for some exotic wood scraps to make grips from. If I buy I have to buy a big block. So if you have some scraps to make a set of 1911 grips from shoot me an IM with price. Thanks
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 5:38:14 AM EST
If Bois Darc AKA Osage Orange will work for you I have some I'll GIVE you. It's tough wood and ages to a nice color but I'm not sure you want it for 1911 grips. Let me know. SS
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 7:09:55 AM EST
does it look like pine?
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 7:28:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2008 7:34:05 AM EST by Dilbert_556]
What type of wood are you looking for?  Light/dark/hard/soft etc?  What minimum size would the blank have to be for you to make the grips?

To answer your question about the osage orange wood looking like pine...it kind of does in that most of it is plain looking.  The difference is that it is a lot harder wood than pine, and will last forever once you get the grips made.

It is a very hard wood that starts out a light yellowish orange to yellowish cream color that darkens with age and use.  Most if it is on the "plain looking" side with little of any interesting grain definition.  You will occasionally find a piece with color gradients in it, but you have to really look.

ETA:  Two types of wood that you may want to take a look at would be mesquite and pecan.
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 10:40:51 AM EST
I would check with a boatyard.  Seriously.  There are some nice custom boat places in your state and you could get some interesting scraps for free.
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 11:03:30 AM EST
Try Constantine's and some of the other mail order woodworking places.

Many sell small pieces for what would be an outrageous board foot charge but it will let you spend just a few bucks for a piece of exotic wood.
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 4:43:35 PM EST
Dunnage used to create forklift access between stacked crates, shipping containers, etc. is an excellent source for exotic hardwoods from around the world. Find out who has the contract to haul away leftover dunnage from you local international sea port.
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 5:32:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 8:13:40 PM EST
Woodworkerssource.com sells variety packs of hardwood and exotics for pretty cheap.

They have samples available for 5 to 10 bucks that are 3"X6"X1/2" and have about
anything you would want short of really rare woods. That is about right for one grip
panel right there.
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 8:47:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2008 8:50:01 PM EST by Hawken50]
I used to work at a place that made high end knife blocks, cutting boards and the like.  I probably have a couple hundered pounds of scraps in my basement that i use for lighting my woodstove.  

It's all kiln dried, but i don't know what type of wood some of it is.  some walnut, but most i have no idea what kind it is.  some is red and some is very very dark.

Hell, i might even offer to pay the postage to get it to you if you were offer to make a set of grips for me

I'll post some pics when i get home in the morning.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 4:08:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2008 4:10:09 AM EST by Hawken50]
Here's a pic-

the thinnest of those is 2" wide, so i'd assume that would suit your needs.
like I said, I have no idea what kind of wood it is, so I don't know if you's consider it exotic.

let me know if you want it.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 4:16:14 AM EST
I once got some cocobolo wood from one of the local woodworking/hobbist stores.. they had quite the selecftion

here's the local (franchise) store link
Link Posted: 11/20/2008 5:59:39 AM EST
heres the 1st I made out of zebra wood
Link Posted: 11/20/2008 6:01:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
heres the 1st I made out of zebra wood

Very nice work!

Link Posted: 11/20/2008 6:04:43 AM EST
You can also check out places like Rockler and Woodcraft they tend to have small pieces of exotic wood for turning that can be had pretty cheap
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