Wood AR-15 Grips: Day One
After many months of dreaming, planning, buying, collecting and assembling we finally got to dive into the wood furniture on our flagship AR-15 Build. The first task of the day was to find and purchase the wood we wanted to use for each piece of furniture: the grips, rail panels, stock, and trigger guard. We had shopped and researched wood while researching the rifle's other components so we had a few criteria in mind.
In general, the wood had to be extra tough and look good when coupled with the black rifle. These criteria led us to hardwoods (obviously). That meant we needed to decide whether we wanted to go for a bold exotic like ebony or tiger wood, or for more of a classic like walnut. We went bold.
It is difficult to get an accurate understanding of a piece of wood from internet pictures, so it was important that we physically selected our lumber in person. The piece above is the un-sanded, un-stained Brazilian Rosewood we decided on. It's ~3,000 pounds of force rating is a whopping 2,000 higher than that of Black Walnut and it is beautiful.
After a full day drawing, cutting, re-cutting and sanding we had arrived at the picture you see below.
The two pieces we cut (and spent hours sanding) for each side of our wood grips fit snuggly in the Executive Ordnance frames. The next step will be shaping each grip panel to fit in the hand a melt smoothly into its aluminum frame. That is going to be a long and slow process.
At this point in the build of our Wood AR-15 Grips, we are very pleased with our wood selection. It looks great in contrast with the black aluminum and the Brazilian Rosewood is so hard that we can shape it very precisely without worrying about it chipping or bending. It is insanely hard. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates or checkout our product pages to see pictures of the progress of the other pieces of wood AR-15 furniture: