Friday, October 17, 2008

Derrick Works his Magic on a Crosman 38T, Part 6

Derrick finishes up the grips.

Spotting the holes for the palm shelf with a transfer punch.
I broke down and used a walnut colored Danish oil on the entire grip. There was some hairline checking (cracking) in the wood that I didn't notice before. By the way, the wood was air-dried as opposed to kiln-dried for anyone who takes note of such things. There's now about 6 coats of oil on the grips. I did not coat the stippled areas. Although they do pick some up around the edges as well as oil from hands. I didn't set out to artificially age the grips, but they do look more appropriate on a 38T if they appear to be 25 years old. The wood color is very reminiscent of the wood Walther used on their match guns from the late 70's and early 80's.

Drilled two holes and turned them into an oval slot. Since the grip was made for my hand it needs minimal adjustment range. If this was a production grip, the slot would have to be three times as long.

I countersunk the slot on the inside of the grip for a nut with a forestner bit. Now, I just need to attach the grips to the gun and I'm ready to shoot.

Perhaps the world's only .20 caliber match gripped Crosman 38T.

Not bad for winging it. At least now, I know which parts of the grip design need to be planned in advance. Notes to self: For the future, the palm shelf attachment to the grip should be considered FIRST. Also, consider how to lock the grips together earlier, making that connection as soon as possible to work the grips essentially as a single piece.


Wxby4 said...

Really nice Derrick! I'll send you my 1974 Daisy Powerline 880 for your next project. .25 cal?

derrick38 said...

And you thought I was crazy to do all that stippling.