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OTT Witch-Hazel Natty

Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by Palmettoflyer, Jun 1, 2020.

By Palmettoflyer on Jun 1, 2020 at 4:55 PM
  1. Palmettoflyer

    Palmettoflyer Active Member

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    Last week I posted some info on identifying trees and plants with a cell phone app. Today, I'm following up with the first build using the wood that I collected using that app while on a business trip.

    The wood is Witch-Hazel. Felt strong enough to build a frame from and thought I would give it a try. It was harvested from Massachusetts about 30 miles north of Boston. The wood is very similar to south eastern USA trees such as the Wax Myrtle. Meaning, it is a white wood without hardly any visible grain. The good part was how easy it was to debark and sand to 400 grit. Not counting the BLO drying time, this was a 2 hour project from beginning to end. The wood was very white and what you see here is the effect of 3 coats of BLO.

    It's just a stick until it has bands and a pouch, so I dug in my box for a quick band test. Pulled out a red precise band and supersure pouch that I had prepped for who knows what. Put it on the fork, grabbed some 5/16 ammo and gave it a commissioning shoot. I have not shot 5/16 very much, so was very happy with my 10 meter results and a brand new frame.

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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by Palmettoflyer, Jun 1, 2020.

    1. thehappyhippy

      thehappyhippy Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator Supporting Member Admin

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      Beautiful
       
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    2. SLING-N-SHOT

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      Nice job on that one Monroe, looks great and fantastic shooting to boot


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    3. Alex v

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      Nice job that pretty stick got a lethal upgrade.
      Great work as always
      Cheers fella


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      yeah that works.
       
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    5. KawKan

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      Nicely done.
      Looks like a great shooter!
       
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      Palmettoflyer Active Member

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      Thanks guys for the nice comments. Nothing special, but great to know the younger white wood forks work ok. I'm confident that it could handle heavier bands and 3/8" ammo. I'm always tickled to see a tree branch shooting repeatable. Took me about 10 shots to dial it in, then it was no problem to make the 100mm grouping.

      Working on a Dogwood picklefork next!
       
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    7. Can Vandal

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      Awesome frame my friend! nothing like a true natural!
       
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    8. Palmettoflyer

      Palmettoflyer Active Member

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      Thank you, and welcome to the community.
       
    9. Devils son in law

      Devils son in law Veteran Member

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      Very nice! I made a few frames out of WH a while back, I may have to go back and see if I can any more.
       
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      Palmettoflyer Active Member

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      Thanks,
      I have one fork left that will make an awesome PFS frame. Any suggestions on wood finish treatment? I have been thinking about using some wood dye or other stain to darken up the whiteness. But then I also thought to embrace the white and try to make it glow brighter. Any ideas on dressing up white featureless wood?
       
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    11. SLING-N-SHOT

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      1) try roasting with a torch
      2) do some wood burning designs on it
      3) if it has natural tannins, a wash of iron acetate solution will darken it up.
      4) experiment with some inlaid designs


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      Darrell beat me to it, I'd add oven roasting and I've also used food coloring with pretty good results.
       
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    13. Palmettoflyer

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      Thanks for the ideas. I'll save the cutoffs for some testing on the next one. Might be a week or two before I have time. Got some other stuff on the workbench at the moment.
       
    14. SLING-N-SHOT

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      Good idea with the food coloring Jake.....in regards to that, and along the lines of Aniline dyes.....just had a thought ?

      You know how quarter sawn Oak has those flecks or rays in the grain pattern ?
      I wonder if you used a burnishing tool on the Witch Hazel wood, just in certain, random spots, which would “compress” the wood, if the food coloring or dyes would not soak in as readily, and maybe give that same ray effect ?


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      Looks like It turned out to be grateful for being turned from just a stick to a nice shooter. It looks really accurate or is that just you?o_O
       
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