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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:04 pm 
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Here's my second 1911 build, a birthday present to my wife. Started a year ago then it sat around in the "projects" pile for a long time. Hope you enjoy! This is a Commander 9 mm.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:38 pm 
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Very nice!

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:53 pm 
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Thanks BBBBill!

I do have a finishing question if I may... I am not entirely happy with the mirror polish that the finisher performed on the slide flats. The mirror polish is uneven in some spots partly because I had to do some filing which created low spots, but other parts are a bit hazy. Do you think I should just use a flat surface and sandpaper until the surfaces are completely even, or is this better suited for a professional with a surface grinder prior to mirror polishing again?

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:08 pm 
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I like the checkering and the top border treatment. Did you do that yourself?
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:58 pm 
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Jolly Rogers wrote:
I like the checkering and the top border treatment. Did you do that yourself?
Joe



The checkering was already done on the frame, so I just used a 60 degree file to point up the pyramids to my preference, but I did do the top border filing to get rid of the factory undercut/bump.

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:03 pm 
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I'm not a finishing pro, so take my advice with a couple grains......

If I were to do it myself the flat plate with sandpaper down to 1500 or 2000 grit before final polish. Might take a while...

Or send it to a pro. The surface grinder will make short work of the low spots. Still will require more hand work to get to the final level of polish.

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:17 pm 
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Thanks BBBBill!

Time to get back to the bench...

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Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:35 pm 
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The proper way to post a home build. Nice work, nice pictures


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:01 pm 
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1911PROMOD wrote:
The proper way to post a home build. Nice work, nice pictures


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Thank you very much!

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