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Discussion in 'Slingshot Building' started by KellyJones, Jul 17, 2021.

By KellyJones on Jul 17, 2021 at 5:34 AM
  1. KellyJones

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    Long time listener, first time caller....

    Here's the start of my latest big naturals collection.

    Eucalyptus rubida (Candlebark) big old tree fell in recent storms and kindly donated a number of potential forks.

    Looking forward to any tips, advice, warnings and feedback from this awesome online community!

    Thanks in advance ❤



     
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Discussion in 'Slingshot Building' started by KellyJones, Jul 17, 2021.

    1. SLING-N-SHOT

      SLING-N-SHOT Veteran Member

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      Welcome from Georgia Kelly, glad to have you and sure wish I could get the pics to come up, but they don’t for me.
      ( using iPhone and the Tapatalk app )


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    2. KawKan

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      Looks like you are off to a fine start. That eucalyptus was kind to you. And you've done a fine job of debarking with that pretty little hatchet.
      Welcome to the crew!
       
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    3. KellyJones

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      Thanks KawKan

      I prefer greenwood carving...easy on the tools..and my hands.

      Can't wait to post a pic of the finished job once it dries out...hopefully no splitting!

      Any advice on fork thickness? ie. should I match the band width to the forks or size the forks to the target bands?

      Also, are there any disadvantages of thick bands (~40mm) that taper to (~20mm) on thick forks?
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      Welcome, those are big boy forks. Eucalyptus is fuckinggg hard made a couple nattys using them
       
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      Thanks andypandy!

      I love Aussie timbers, the harder the better.
       
    7. KawKan

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      Most of my natties have fork widths in the area of 3/4 - 1 inch. If I find one I like much thinner I often set it up for tubes on leather tabs. I don't worry about matching fork width and band width. In fact, I like having the forks wider than the bands. With enough fiddling, I can then use the top of the band as an aiming reference for 10 meters, and the top corner of the fork as a reference for 20 meters.
      There is one big disadvantage to 40mm wide bands that I can think of. I can't pull 'em back! LOL!

       
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      Thanks! 1" is about what I run on most other forks.

      I might science it up and measure lbs at my draw length with different band thickness/tapers etc, like how the archery folks do it, and really tune up my setup.
       
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      Looking good!
       
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      Thanks traperdes!
       
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      Welcome!
       
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      Looks great ! A lot of those trees in my area. I got to keep a lookout for some forks .
       
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      Thanks Forkshooter!
       
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      Thanks PGbike!

      Candlebark is nice stuff, the heartwood can have amazing pink tones, sapwood is white-ish. Not super hard to work with, and really buttery to carve when it's wet.

      I found some good info on it if you're interested...
      https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/wood-species/candlebark
       
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      Cool, thanks for the info. I been mostly making aluminum and wood frames but im going to try some natural ones.
       
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      Another one of my little wood babies debarked and tucked into bed for a dry out.

      Moisture meter is reading approx 38%...hoping another week will do it...but don't want to rush it and cop a split :(
       

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      Sad news

      They all split on the end grains :(

      The hunt for the perfect natty continues...
       
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