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Old 08-11-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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as I mentioned in my Welcome Thread I will show you some "nice" natty fork (deadwood beech).
It was my first collected branch but is now the 5th slingshot I made. It is going to be a birthday present for my brother in law who turns 46 by end of this year. He is older than me, so the fork fits well for him. Old, sturdy, holes, cracks, burnt sites etc... We make lots of jokes and fun together, so the name fits the fork perfectly. Also in the sense of age difference between us .

My Question concerning the Natty:
Do you think it is stable enough for single (max. double) TBG if used not in butterfly technique? The cracks are big, but the wood is solid as a rock I think.
Any ways to test it without any danger for me?

Sorry, I missed an in hand pic because of the dimensions


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Old 08-11-2017, 08:52 PM   #2
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That's a nice lookin slingshot! I would fill those cracks with resin to stabilize it and give it an even nicer look


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Is filling with resin still possible? I finished it with LSO.

If I fill it, is there something good and cheap in black available which you can recommend?

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Hi,

as I mentioned in my Welcome Thread I will show you some "nice" natty fork (deadwood beech).
It was my first collected branch but is now the 5th slingshot I made. It is going to be a birthday present for my brother in law who turns 46 by end of this year. He is older than me, so the fork fits well for him. Old, sturdy, holes, cracks, burnt sites etc... We make lots of jokes and fun together, so the name fits the fork perfectly. Also in the sense of age difference between us .

My Question concerning the Natty:
Do you think it is stable enough for single (max. double) TBG if used not in butterfly technique? The cracks are big, but the wood is solid as a rock I think.
Any ways to test it without any danger for me?

Sorry, I missed an in hand pic because of the dimensions

First of all: Great work, that's a beautiful slingshot with lots of character!
Since this is a natural fork, cracks usually aren't too big of a problem. They just go to the middle and stop there. If you want to test the strength of the fork, you can use the vice test as demonstrated by Jrg here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3846883159&feature=iv&src_vid=tI79QU-iBxI&v=6KC7XuCaFsc

I'm guessing this slingshot is supposed to be shot in the finger support style, like this?
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Then you only need to test the upper part of the fork limbs, since they bear most of the load. For hammer grip you clamp it further down, where the webbing of the hand closes around the grip.

Regarding the filling of cracks, there are a number of options, like wood glue and sanding dust, or epoxy glue (either on its own or filled with wood dust, colorful powders like glitter, chalk or various pigments). Since it is already oiled, I'd wait until the linseed oil is fully cured, to improve glue adhesion.

But personally, if it's stable enough, I'd leave it as it is. The cracks fit the overall look very well. This could easily pass for a heirloom piece that was handed down through generations. Looks like it's got a story to tell
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First of all: Great work, that's a beautiful slingshot with lots of character!
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But personally, if it's stable enough, I'd leave it as it is. The cracks fit the overall look very well. This could easily pass for a heirloom piece that was handed down through generations. Looks like it's got a story to tell
Thank you. This was exactly the idea behind the making. It should look as if it has some stories to tell.

I will test the frame like in the linked video - good idea.

I don't know how my brother in law will shoot. I think hammerstyle but finger support should also be possible. I will test it before it becomes his present .
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Looks good! I think Belargo gave you all the info you need so I'll just say: I hope he likes it!
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Looks great as it is! Belargo covered the bases pretty well. He knows his stuff.


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