I was inspired by Alfshooter's "Latch" slingshot where he up-cycled a nice brass door latch into a handle for a spanish style slingshot. Ever since I saw it, I have been on the lookout for some suitable hardware to make into my own latch type sling. I was at the local wood supplier and found what I believe to be a cast aluminum door stop bracket (correct me if I am wrong)
I decided to make this entirely out of Maple since the only 2" premade wood balls (at Lee Valley) I could find where made from Maple. Maybe in the next one I'll make it with different woods or something. I cut the ball in half and mounted it with a screw in the preexisting hole, it's not really needed but it's a nice finishing touch. It also put the centre of gravity on the point where my middle finger and ring finger, which makes it extremely balanced when held under and off pressure from the bands.
The 'trigger' area is carved to accept my middle finger and the ring and pinky nest together, this is held in place with two screws. My goal here was to keep the aesthetic clean as the wood ball was my starting off point, it being a nice geometric solid, the rest needed to be as quiet in terms of design.
The combination fork/grip 'plate' was made from a solid piece of maple board, 3/4" thick. 5/16" holes where drilled into the fork tips to accept a 1/4-20 threaded brass insert so I can threw in the thumb screws to attach the tabs. The index finger scoop was first made by sanding out a 1" semi circle then using files, sanding the edges round for a comfort fit but also matching the curves on the trigger area.
The thumb part was a bit tricker, I could of used a dome bit and scooped it out of the board itself, but I don't have one. So...I used a Fortsner bit and drilled a cavity into the spot where my thumb would go. Then I used a big counter sink to chamfer the edges. Then I took a 1" maple dowel and trimmed it down on my lathe to fit into the cavity. But before unmounting from the lathe, while it turned, I used a 1/2" sanding drum to make a dome divot into the end. Then I fitted the new plug into the hole and sanded till it was flush. A lot of work for just a plug.
I found that shooting it like a normal slingshot didn't work for me. I never got the hang of shooting upright and with no point of reference on how to aim, I have been shooting it like a PFS (soft shooting). I would anchor under my eye with my thumb nail up, then push the slingshot out to aim. In fact, pushing the slingshot out to aim is how I have been training lately and I like doing this more than drawing the bands back for some reason.
Anyways, I thought you guys would like this "repurposed" materials sling