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! 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 score! Split and dressed on the belt sander Anxious to see into this heartwood. Also leery of the cracks. So far so good. Handsaw cutting About 20 minutes later.... Taking shape on the belt sander... Ready to finish sand... Groove cut with pipe wrapped sandpaper. BLO with paste wax finish Worm hold patch on side. Arturo's pre-turned pouch band attachment technique. Shock Top, all smiles at this point!!! Yep, it works!!!