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    Diamond Collision Inc. Avon. AllenM's Avatar

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    1911 front strap checkering

    A little checkering I did over the weekend.

    Springfield stainless frame.



    Once I know me vise is square in the mill, I use the cutting bit to find the lowest point on the front strap. Then I use that point to set my depth of cut.. Like most 1911's it was closer to the trigger guard.
    Depth depends on the LPI choice. I have the options to do 20, 25 and 30 LPI with this setup.








    I work my way around with the horizontal lines, or vertical lines, which ever you want to call these...
    It looks like i could go up farther but the frame starts to get thicker at this point so it is where I am stopping. Not all frames are equal here.







    Then the fixture is is turned up and I start working my way down. this is the tedious part. Make 1 cut and adjust the mill each time









    A little hand cleanup with a file if needed.

    Since it is a stainless frame I do not have to refinish it, Just a little bead blasting to restore original look






    Done
    07 FFL / SOT 2

    "Corn Pop was a bad dude" Biden

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    Grandmaster 88E30M50's Avatar

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    Thatís beautiful. Canít wait to get it back together.
    Ď88 (aka The mad scientist)

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    Diamond Collision Inc. Avon. AllenM's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88E30M50 View Post
    Thatís beautiful. Canít wait to get it back together.
    07 FFL / SOT 2

    "Corn Pop was a bad dude" Biden

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    Thanks for sharing. We appreciate your skills.
    Keep a firm grip.

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    Beautiful job. I did a couple the old fashion way years ago. A stainless and a blued steel one. The stainless took me eight hours to do then it took a week before I could use that hand for any type of work. After that I said never again.

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    Grandmaster drillsgt's Avatar

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    That turned out awesome, glad to see you doing some more checkering. Why no initial true up cut around the radius?

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    Expert MarkC's Avatar

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    Beautiful work.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. It gives me a "peek behind the curtain" as to how these processes come about, and an appreciation for the skill and artistry that goes into it.

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    Grandmaster Fordtough25's Avatar

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    Very nice work, that looks better than factory pistols I have seen!
    Improvidus Apto quod Victum

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    Grandmaster Colt556's Avatar

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    Amazing work! Great attention to detail and execution. 👍🏻


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    Diamond Collision Inc. Avon. AllenM's Avatar

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    Thanks, I don't even like shooting a 1911 near as much if the front strap isn't checkered. Makes a world of difference, It is a little tedious but worth it.
    I cant imagine the guys that do this by hand with a file.

    07 FFL / SOT 2

    "Corn Pop was a bad dude" Biden

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