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Dogwood, Conus Build

Discussion in 'The PFS' started by Palmettoflyer, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Palmettoflyer

    Palmettoflyer Active Member

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    Building and shooting the Conus is all the rage these days! So thought I would jump in with my build. I actually premeditated this a couple months ago when my wife said the Dogwood tree in our yard looked like it had died. So much like the recent storm damage that Arturo encountered, I jumped at the chance to cut down the tree that had been growing in our yard for about ~20 years. I cut it up and put it aside to let it dry. All the recent Conus builds by Clint, Kawkaw, Rich, Q, Arturo, and others (sorry too many to name everyone!) drove me to getting on with my build. Special mention to Sling-N-Shot for his encouragement to build natties.

    I have a limited workshop and don't own a bandsaw. So after seeing, reading, and watching helpful hints about working with hand tools to make slingshot frames, I managed to split a piece of the Dogwood and roughed out the shape with a hand saw. Actually was much easier than I anticipated and the bench vice made it easy. I used my combo 6" disc and 4" belt sander to shape the frame. Sorry Arturo, I'm not skilled enough to use a side grinder! :eek: The big lesson that I learned from Arturo's build video is the use of a pipe wrapped in sandpaper to route the middle and the fork gap. Worked like a champ and was tickled to learn this trick. So in short, other than the chain saw to cut down the tree, this Conus was build with manual hand tools with the exception of my belt sander.

    The Dogwood was great to work, nice dark heartwood, but did have one worm hole that I filled with epoxy and wood dust. Finish is BLO with a paste wax top coat. First time for me to use paste wax and really liked the results. Might use Beeswax when it wears off. But feels great in the hand and shoots well.

    By the way, the palm looking trees are Palmetto trees. The South Carolina state tree and my namesake. Too soft for sling building! This was back in March.
    Dogwood Tree.JPG

    Dogwood score! Dogwood Collection.JPG

    Split and dressed on the belt sander Dogwood Split.JPG

    Anxious to see into this heartwood. Also leery of the cracks. So far so good. Dogwood Heartwood.JPG

    Handsaw cutting Build 1.JPG

    About 20 minutes later.... Build 2.JPG

    Taking shape on the belt sander... Build 3.JPG

    Build 4.JPG

    Ready to finish sand... Build 5.JPG
    Build 6.JPG

    Groove cut with pipe wrapped sandpaper. Build 7.JPG

    BLO with paste wax finish Finished 1.JPG

    Worm hold patch on side.
    Finished 2.JPG
    Finished 3.JPG

    Arturo's pre-turned pouch band attachment technique. Preturned band.JPG

    Shock Top, all smiles at this point!!! :D:D:D Shock Top 1.JPG

    Yep, it works!!! :cool::cool::cool::cool: Shock Top 2.JPG
     
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  2. Peter Recuas

    Peter Recuas Veteran Member

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    Beautiful! :)
     
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  3. Stankard757

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    Sweet.
     
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  4. Stankard757

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    For me building with just hand tools is like meditation. Just wish I was faster at it:)
     
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  5. Royleonard

    Royleonard Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Excellent work!
     
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  6. Emitto

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    Makes me wanna build want, but you know... OTT :rotfl:
    Lovely frame my friend.
     
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  7. SLING-N-SHOT

    SLING-N-SHOT Well-Known Member

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    That turned out excellent Monroe....I love the grain and color of it.


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  8. Palmettoflyer

    Palmettoflyer Active Member

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    Peter, thank you.
     
  9. Palmettoflyer

    Palmettoflyer Active Member

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    Thank you,
    I enjoy the hand tool part. Not so much the 90+ degree workshop with the hand tools.
     
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    Palmettoflyer Active Member

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    Royleonard, thank you.
     
  11. Palmettoflyer

    Palmettoflyer Active Member

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    Emitto, wait till the PFS bug gets hold of you!
     
  12. Palmettoflyer

    Palmettoflyer Active Member

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    Darrell, I'm glad the big cracks did not run deep. Did not know what to expect from the heartwood. Started making another Conus from the other half. On that side, the frame will be 1/2 heartwood, and 1/2 sapwood. Should be interesting too. Got too hot in the shop and took a break.
     
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    Very cool, can’t wait to see that one too .....all this Conus slingin and building going on makes me want to try making a couple....not sure I’d ever shoot them though

    I hear you about the heat....I spent pretty much all day today working in the basement cleaning up a good 2 years of saw dust build up, cleaning off my work benches, setting up some new tools I’d purchased a while back, etc


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    Exquisite
     
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    Great build!
    I know what you mean about Arturo and the Grinder/Saw Blade from beyond. I used a pull saw for that part, gladly!
    That dogwood produced some nice grain.
     
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  16. Arturo Borquez

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    Beautiful Monroe :tu::tu::tu: !!! nice build, I see you have used a pipe :D ... is good to know that we can use the logs that would be firewood otherwise LOL, I have few tools but I have the angle grinder to my advantage :p
    I am glad you are enjoying the Conus, beware could be addictive hahaha
    cheers
    Arturo
     
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  17. Stankard757

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    Hahahahaha! I definitely agree Ive got a backyard no shop or shade. Decided I really really wanted to build a real PFS today. I live on the coast in Virginia. Hot doesn't come close. That is a beautiful and worth the heat.
     
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  18. Stankard757

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    I've got a angle grinder, too!!! I may need some tips. :D
     
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  19. Covert5

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    Great work! Happy sling'n!
     
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  20. Palmettoflyer

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    Darrell, hope you were setting up some sling building new tools? I may put a bandsaw on my birthday wish list.

    There are a lot of good PFS shooting frames. The Conus is one that just fits perfectly in the hand, easy to hold, and allows you to think about the shot and not holding the frame.
     
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