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Slingshot Wood Prep // Using Your Router as a Mill

Discussion in 'Slingshot Building' started by Clever Moniker, Nov 3, 2017.

By Clever Moniker on Nov 3, 2017 at 2:34 PM
  1. Clever Moniker

    Clever Moniker Administrator Staff Member Admin

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    When building a slingshot utilizing scales, it's necessary to have to wood be as flat as possible. The reason is that it helps in preventing delamination. When I was staring out in making slingshots, I didn't have the necessary tools to ensure flatness (a jointer or planer), so I often just tried to purchase stock that was as flat as possible. However, you can use your router to ensure flat stock, and that's what we will be doing today.

    What you will need:
    1. Router
    2. Clamp
    3. Jig made out of scrap wood / mdf
    4. Hot glue gun
    5. Chisel
    6. Wood
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    First thing we are going to do is hot glue each end of our stock:
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    We now clamp the jig to the table, and ensure it's secure!
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    I'm using a flush trim bit with a bottom bearing, but you can use any straight bit:
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    Start with the thinnest stock you have, and make a very small pass.
    WARNING: DO NOT HIT THE CLAMP
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    After several passes you'll have a nice flat top:
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    Using your chisel, carefully pry the scale off of the jig.
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    You'll notice the jig was not greatly affected by the hot glue. Just be careful with the chisel not to damage the jig in the process.
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    Now repeat the steps with the rest of the stock finishing only one side first! Then pass the stock through on the alternate side.
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    Now you will have flat stock for your next slingshot project!! :)
     
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Discussion in 'Slingshot Building' started by Clever Moniker, Nov 3, 2017.

    1. Mr Muz

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      Neat. Now I've quit the day job I don't have access to all kinds of machines I was thinking of something like this. You could always screw down the jig and do away with the clamp thus eliminate the risk of hitting it. Hot glue is great for stuff like this.
       
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    2. honorary pie

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      hey Mr... whatcha doin with that's birdseye???
       
    3. Clever Moniker

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      Nothing... ;)
       
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    4. honorary pie

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      this is a pretty cool jig though, and probably takes many fewer passes than I originally imagined. thanks for posting it.
       
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    5. Clever Moniker

      Clever Moniker Administrator Staff Member Admin

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      Once set up, takes just a few minutes to complete all the scales. :)
       
    6. Clever Moniker

      Clever Moniker Administrator Staff Member Admin

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      The method works awesome, even for mega jobs. This was a barn beam I milled that was 12" x 8" x 24", cleaned up all sides and made them square. :) This took me way longer @honorary pie than a few scales. :D

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    7. honorary pie

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      that looks like a sweet piece of fir? .. what's it's new home, now that you've cleaned it up.?
       
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    8. Clever Moniker

      Clever Moniker Administrator Staff Member Admin

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      Become a futon I made entirely from scratch. (In my apartment. lol) :)
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    9. Mr Muz

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      Yeah I'm just used to having access to a planer, thicknesser, re bandsaw and wide belt sander.
       
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    10. the core

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      Great idea! Thank you very much Mr. Clever!
       
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    11. Michael1971

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      Very informative, thank you.
       
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    12. MT100

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      Great idea. I'm contemplating pulling the trigger on a smallish bandsaw, I think it's going to help answer my flat surface area quandary.
       
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      I was wondering how I was going to flatten the HDPE when I make it. Thanks.
       
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    14. Clever Moniker

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      I find with bandsaws, I can't get it to a "finish" flat surface. I think most people after resawing chuck them through a drum sander. So you still might have a bit of work to do to get it perfect, but don't quote me on that. I know for me, I only rough cut with my bandsaw.
       
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    15. Bruce

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      Phew....this makes me thankful my wife bought me a planer a few years ago.
       
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    16. mostho

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      fantastic idea thanks for sharing
       
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