thanks for that alberto.
i have gone ahead and addressed some of those issues BUT for judging of edges to compare thickness, as they appear irregular from one another, know that the front of the slide is not the intended edge thickness i am going to have, since that part is actually chamfered on the gun i will be doing that, but trying to keep the edges fairly wide.
heres a bit of an example of what im talking about with the front of the slide.
also, racer.. would the preferred edge width be something along how the slide is (originally) or how the frame is? getting them consistent is no problem but i guess im wondering what would be the proper edge width to have without it looking, as you have so humorously put, like mashed potatoes.