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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by bottlecap, Jul 13, 2020.

By bottlecap on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:54 AM
  1. bottlecap

    bottlecap New Member

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    Very inspired by the craftsmanship on all these incredible homemade shooters so I'm going to attempt one.
    Not sure what kind of wood this is, (anyone know from this pic?), from one of my woodpiles. Best I can guess from searching on google is Soft Maple, though it not a soft wood. I have quite a variety of trees on my property.
    Anyway this is my choice. I ripped all the bark off with a flap disc on my angle grinder and purposely left it oversize to give me some choices as I continue to shape it. I'll post updates to this thread and may be hitting you all up with some questions.
    Thanks.
     

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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by bottlecap, Jul 13, 2020.

    1. Palmettoflyer

      Palmettoflyer Active Member

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      Looks like a good start and a great fork to build a slingshot. No idea on the wood. It is easier to guess with the bark still on. Keep us updated on your progress.
       
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    2. H0w31rd

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      I think the wood is spalted. That leaves great patterns in the wood. So likely parts will be good wood and parts will be crumbly. Maybe make it a thicker frame and try to test the forks for strength before using it. You don't want to use it and the fork breaks and bounces back to your face. Good luck, win or lose your next slingshot will be even better.
       
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    3. SLING-N-SHOT

      SLING-N-SHOT Well-Known Member

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      I’m very inspired by your attitude to attempt one.....naturals are so much fun , and that’s my draw to them, they’re simply fun

      Can’t wait to see the finished piece, but make sure it’s strong enough to support bands


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      i whittle every so often, given the time. . A lot of the guys on here make their natties look like they should be in art museums. It don’t matter, how your first or. 100th turns out. As long as it is enjoying full to you and they are safe as necessary. It’s being inspired to put one foot forward and try something new. It’s inspiring , motivating and challenging. It takes practice and time. Just enjoy the journey. I cannt wait to see it.
       
    5. bottlecap

      bottlecap New Member

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      Thanks everyone. Sound advice and encouragement.
      I have done some whittling so it won't be all new to me, just the idea of making a sharp looking piece that is functional and comfortable is a great motivator.
      I didn't notice any soft spots as I took off the bark but I'll keep an eye out for it, I have seen spalted wood so hopefully I'll be able to recognize it early.
      No promises for a time frame but I will update to this thread as mentioned.
      Thanks!
       
    6. bottlecap

      bottlecap New Member

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      Oh, and here's a shot of a couple of the cutoffs with bark,...any guesses?

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      That second picture to me, looks like maple or maybe cherry?


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      Coming along.
      Still wonky in spots but she's pretty in her own way! Kinda winged it on the outline.
      Definitely spalted so may not be safe to use but I'm learning a lot here as I go and having fun. May just end up being an educational piece for me. Long way to go anyway and I'm going to see it through.
      More to come...
      Thanks sling progress 2.JPG
       
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    9. SLING-N-SHOT

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      Has a very cool look to the grain


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      Spot on! Looks good to me.
       
    11. Clint

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      Nice looking wood
      I have a spalted ash opfs if yours is as nice as @richnewm it will be nice
      1A1CAC5B-B0B8-4088-BD45-8C589A6206AA.jpeg
       
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    12. bottlecap

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      Thanks guys. That's an almost identical grain there, Clint, and beauty of a piece.

      No update on my first one, but I went into hunt and gather mode this morning.
      A lot (development) was cleared not far from my house last November and there's a permit hangup of some sort so I'm going to seize the opportunity and store up some future nattys, lots to find.
      slingshot to do.JPG
       
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      Some very nice, symmetrical candidates right there


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      Looking good. Anxious to see them in action!
       
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      Rasp, rat tail. sand, rasp, rat tail, sand,....inching along, not sure I'll ever get it symmetrical.
      Knot in the swell is going to ruin my intentions but I'll keep stabbing at it.
      sling progress3.JPG sling prgress4.JPG
      Thanks
       
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      Looks great, and I think knots add character


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      Interesting! Good eye for carving shapes.
       
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      Thanks for the comments!,....agreed, I love knots and blemishes as well but I've got something planned for that area and this "loosey" might make me have to change direction....we'll see...
       
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