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OTT Bamboo and plywood.

Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by JMac9, Apr 15, 2021.

By JMac9 on Apr 15, 2021 at 12:42 AM
  1. JMac9

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    I made this one today.

    Bands 'n cans tomorrow. [emoji95][emoji16][​IMG][​IMG]

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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by JMac9, Apr 15, 2021.

    1. Stankard757

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      Great job That looks like a piece of art

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      Nicely done!
       
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    3. JMac9

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      Dang.. Thanks @Stankard757 !
      I had my doubts about the ply. Lots of voids in the piece showed up.

      Of course, I was in a hurry to shoot it tonight so I plugged the voids with sawdust and CA glue. I'm not into it.. I should have used good ol wood glue.

      When I can get into the shop I really want to replicate this one with a dyed black oak and a brass core.
      I'll probably do an aluminum core first though, since I have some aluminum on hand already.

      I'm stuck using rasps, files and other rudimentary tools till I can get home and actually work. But I'm having fun.

      I always appreciate your encouragement, man.
      Thanks.

      I hope it shoots artfully. Lol

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      Thank you!

      Lol.. I was kinda excited to shoot this one, I have to admit.

      I actually tried to blow-dry the oil finish to beat sunset. But the sunset won.

      Tomorrow.

      I'm torn.

      Until recently I've been a short draw guy. But after delving into the PFS and long draw, I'm thinking this frame would lend itself to that style nicely? ..im guessing.

      @Palmettoflyer ? @Bone ? Thoughts on bands for this'n?

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      Good luck with the BF. All I shoot is 3/4 and full Butterfly with PFS and standard slings. Mainly straight cuts no tapers. My "short" draw is still past my ear[emoji12]

      Hey don't knock the hand tools that's what I use, only power tools I have is a belt sander that I rig up sideways
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    6. JMac9

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      Thanks for the input.

      I'm really leaning that way now.

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      That's beautiful!!

      Looks like a an organic slightly Sci-Fi design.

      Yeah, hand tools are great. I have mostlybuse hand tools and a drill press.
       
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      Holy ergonomic sling Batman.....that is SWEEEET Jimmy !

      As Mike [mention]Stankard757 [/mention] said, don’t knock the hand tools.

      I have a lot of power tools, but love working a natty down with rasps, files, and scrapers......a more intimate connection with the wood. [emoji16]


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      I like it
       
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      That is fantastic looking.
       
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    11. JMac9

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      Thanks, Cruiser! [emoji95]

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      Totally awesome looking design and great work building it.

      Ok, it is tomorrow, where's the cans? (or what's left of them?)
       
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      Ha! @Palmettoflyer ..life cut in line ahead of slingshots yesterday.

      Also, I need to make a stiffer straight edge to cut longer bands, hopefully, today.
      I jacked up a lot of band material yesterday trying to get long straight cuts.
      My tbg moves under my plexiglass straight edge.


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      ..and thank you!

      Clearly, it's an evolution of the one I made you. [emoji2936][emoji95][emoji2935]

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      Thanks, Pat!

      Oh.. I'm not knocking hand tools.
      I love working with rasps.
      I had a horse shoeing business for a lot of years, and some of the best days of my life were spent pounding shoes and rasping hooves.
      Unfortunately, those years took their toll on my back and shoulders, so sawing an oak fork down the middle or similar body mechanics I'd rather do with a machine and save my shoulder for shooting. Lol

      Also, I started building a 2x72 belt grinder last year to make knives and such and I'd REALLY like to make some slingshots with it now. [emoji16]

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      Thank you, Sir!

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      Jimmy, could be your technique but usually if the latex moves, it is because your blade is dull, or you are not holding the roller blade perpendicular to the cut and pushing sideways slightly. Most the time, it is the dull blade (even though it seems sharp enough to cut yourself badly). Another check point is your cutting mat. Is it in good condition, or worn with years of other crafting? At times, I have used blue low tack tape to hold the latex still while cutting until I learned that it was my dull blade.
       
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      Thank you.

      I think it's a combination of the lack of rigidity in my straight edge, lack of grip under the straight edge, and, as you mentioned, my own cut angle.
      My mat and cutter are new. I don't use them for anything but bands, and my cuts are clean under a magnifying glass. I scoped the fresh cut band and cutter because I suspected a defect from the blade factory, but nope.

      And I took video and pictures today shooting the big bamboo this morning, but Tapatalk tells me I've used up my monthly allotment of posted pictures.

      Oops.

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      Band making gets easier with practice. Keep at it and you will get it sorted out soon.

      I tried Tapatalk and not a big fan. I find it easier to just go straight to the forums. No issues with limitations that way.
       
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