A gypsy tab experiment.

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Flipgun, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Flipgun

    Flipgun Well-Known Member

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    Hello Folks! I was at the SSf watching Charles's video on simple and easy gypsy tabs and was led off into a line of thought by a lil' aluminum shooter that had the tabs secured with a screw and an acorn nut. I got to thinking about how this could be done without tools and I came up with the idea of button hole tabs. They are just pouches with small holes and a slit. [​IMG]

    Then I knocked out a lil' frame to test the concept. I drilled holes in the fork to avoid stressing the wood and epoxied some screws in place. [​IMG]

    Then I "buttoned" the tabs on.[​IMG]
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    I did not get the screws in far enough to keep the tabs from rotating and twisting the bands, so I opened the tab and wrapped and tucked the back band down. However I noted that if you wanted to you could let the tabs fall to the side and have an outside the fork shooter or inside and have a through the fork shooter on a wide enough frame. I realize that this set up is more of a benefit for chained bands or looped tubes, but I thought it was kind'o cool.

    Thanx for Lookin' and Happy Shootin'!
     
  2. rock slinger

    rock slinger I rarely shoot rocks!

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  3. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    I saw the same video on youtube and was looking at doing something similar.

    Nice job, looks like a cool little shooter :)
     
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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  5. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Nice work on those tabs Flipgun. I like that idea and may have to employ it in one of my builds down the road.
     
  6. cobble01

    cobble01 New Member

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    I like that you epoxied the screws in. Would not be a happy sight to have one pull out and fly at your head and eyes. Great design!
     
  7. buckshot500

    buckshot500 Hoonigan Jeeper

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    Wow, this looks so much like the strap locks on my electric guitar. As long as the screw stays put, it's very strong.

    I might suggest bolting through the wood with a nylon/steel locknut, if the screws ever pull out.

    Very good idea though, cheers!
     

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  8. Flipgun

    Flipgun Well-Known Member

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    For a larger shooter with stronger bands I agree. This was just a BB shooter to illustrate the idea. But the screws go almost all of the way through the wood and I did not skimp on the epoxy. I appreciate the input.:cool:
     
  9. walkslo

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    Looks like a good idea till -
    i hope not but you could be wearing one of those screws in the ear if you shoot butterfy style or a nose piece
    From jack kolher's book don't put anything on those forks, that you don't want coming back at you
     
  10. PaulPawx3

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    Good idea, looks good. Thanks for sharing. This forum is full of great ideas:)
     
  11. Flipgun

    Flipgun Well-Known Member

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    I guess that could be a concern, I think that the leather would probably tear first. But as they say, "What CAN go wrong WILL." We don't play with the safest toys.:)