A handle for my Cougar

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Ryan Wigglesworth, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <img src="http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/5577/img2012041400595.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-14<br><br><img src="http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/9273/img2012041400594.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-14<br><br>I won this in a contest from Joerg, I had scales on it from an engineered hard wood, but I removed them and made these from maple. This is sanded to 2000 and then wet down to raise the fibers.<br><br><br><br>ok here she is all complete.<br><br><img src="http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/2991/sam0009u.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-21<br><img src="http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/9286/sam0008l.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-21
     
  2. MAV

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    Very nice Ryan. Great job, what kind of finish you going to put on? <br> Sanded to 2000! I did a aftermarket Warmoth Telecaster maple guitar neck once, that was the smoothest I ever sanded to, went down to the super fine steel wool stuff, then finished in tung oil. I did a maple natural several weeks ago and went to 100 then banded it. You have me motivated, II am going to pull the bands off and give her a little more attention.
     

  3. Karok01

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    Sanding to 2000? That is metal finish quality! You gonna coat it in poly or anything? A sanding to 2000 deserves some protection! Preserve your work bro.
     
  4. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    Yeah... I take from the man himself <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6"> ... I am not done with this yet, since it was wet it raised the wood and now it needs another run through the sandpaper strips, then I plan on a superglue finish... just debating on a lanyard hole or not at this point.<br><br>I actually have a micro fibre set in the mail, the grit goes much higher than 2000 <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13"><br><br><br>I was thinking about putting a piece of curly maple veneer on the forks, just in the middle of the fork really, not to cover up the Joerg Sprave Signature <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br><br>I sanded it back down to 2000... its flat again... I'm hesitant to wet it again... lol<br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/viewimage.forum?u=http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4959/img2012041500596.jpg"><img src="http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4959/img2012041500596.jpg" alt=""></a><br><br>
     
  5. JoergS

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    Nice!<br><br>One wetting is usually enough. But try car chrome polish after the 2000 grit, then finish off with jewelry polishing cloth (the stuff you use on silverware). <br><br>You will be able to see your face in it!
     
  6. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <tr><td class="quote">Nice!<br><br>One wetting is usually enough. But try car chrome polish after the 2000 grit, then finish off with jewelry polishing cloth (the stuff you use on silverware). <br><br>You will be able to see your face in it!</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>Hey you are so right, I did another wetting to see, and it barely made a difference, I think a 2000 re buff will do it to smooth it out, will take it from 1000 ,1500, 2000 ... until I get my micro mesh <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> after that we shall see but it will involve the chrome polish for sure, I just picked up a none blue dyed one that works well...</span>
     
  7. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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  8. tokSick

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    Nice work Ryan. When i polish my silver jewelry( silver) i do it with toothpaste and a tooth brush that do the job. I don' t know if it works on other sorts of metals, i did it only on silver.
     
  9. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    Thx <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> heres an update...<br><br><img src="http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5264/img2012041600606.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-16<br><img src="http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/8273/img2012041600605.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-16<br><br><br>So I tried something different, I applied 3 layers of superglue and then sanded it down like normal.. down to 2000 again in the above pics, but up close you can see imperfections that I'm not happy with, next time it will be coat sand and repeat. But it still looks very nice and I will take this further...
     
  10. JoergS

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    Coating makes a wooden handle last a long time. Good job!
     
  11. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <tr><td class="quote">Coating makes a wooden handle last a long time. Good job!</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>I have a problem... sometimes I even drop them before I'm done sanding them <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"> The thick layer of superglue gives it some room to dent rather than a nice dent in my wood...<br><br>Has anyone else ever been sanding something like this to a fine polish and then drop it? this happens somewhat frequently with me <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"></span>
     
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    Those look really nice. Have you ever thought about using things like micarta or dymondwood for things like that?<br><br>I have heard people talk about using a superglue finish a few times. I could see how it could be a cheap and effective finish. Would you mind letting me in on the exact process of how you apply/sand/etc to do the finish with it? Some help on this would be greatly appreciated. I'm very new to this stuff and am really kind of lost on how to do simple effective finishes.
     
  13. tokSick

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    <tr><td class="quote">Those look really nice. Have you ever thought about using things like micarta or dymondwood for things like that?<br><br>I have heard people talk about using a superglue finish a few times. I could see how it could be a cheap and effective finish. Would you mind letting me in on the exact process of how you apply/sand/etc to do the finish with it? Some help on this would be greatly appreciated. I'm very new to this stuff and am really kind of lost on how to do simple effective finishes.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Hello Brad,<br>I think this link might help you <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_ulK-w7KE&feature=player_embedded" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_ulK-w7KE&feature=player_embedded</a><br>One think you must NOT do is blow on it to make it dry faster because it brings moisture. Just leave it dry.</span>
     
  14. tokSick

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    I think the key is the sanding process. You' ve got to end the sanding with the higher grit you have. I have seen that some people go to 2000 to get it smooth. I might be wrong if so, you guys, feel free to correct me.
     
  15. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <tr><td class="quote">Those look really nice. Have you ever thought about using things like micarta or dymondwood for things like that?<br><br>I have heard people talk about using a superglue finish a few times. I could see how it could be a cheap and effective finish. Would you mind letting me in on the exact process of how you apply/sand/etc to do the finish with it? Some help on this would be greatly appreciated. I'm very new to this stuff and am really kind of lost on how to do simple effective finishes.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Hello Brad,<br>I think this link might help you <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_ulK-w7KE&feature=player_embedded" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_ulK-w7KE&feature=player_embedded</a><br>One think you must NOT do is blow on it to make it dry faster because it brings moisture. Just leave it dry.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>hehe So thats why blowing on the CA glue makes it go a nasty white... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br><img src="http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/9171/img2012041700614.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-17<br><br><img src="http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/3996/img2012041700615.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-17<br><br><img src="http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/8153/img2012041700616.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-17<br><br>Now I have added a coat of clear stain ON TOP of the CA glue, look at that shine... incomparable.... and this thing hasnt been buffed yet <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"><br><br><br>Ok to guy asking how its done, I learned from Joerg and practice and making mistakes, some advice on finishing wood can be gleaned from pen makers, search how to finish pens with CA glue, there are many different ways its what works best for you... trial and error.<br><br><br>If you browse around this forum to find Joerg giving advice on finishing you will learn some good tactics, like tokSik said, its all about the fine sandpaper polish and for 4 bucks a pack that will do many slingshots, why not. At 1000 grit the wood starts to shine on its own so if you don't bang it up a lot there is no real need for the ca glue</span>
     
  16. cbsmith111

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    Thanks for all the tips, guys. I may actually leave this one as is. It is polished really well. The wood almost feels like glass and it shines under a light. I used 220-1500 grit sandpaper and finished with some 3M brand polishing paper that barely feels like it has any grit. It is a birrhday present for my six year old niece so I doubt it will see any real serious hard use. Plus it's just too nice to gom it up trying something for the first time. Thanks again.
     
  17. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    I think we need a gloss meter next <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br><embed pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/yiJ9fy1qSFI" width="425" height="350" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" quality="high" scale="exactfit"></embed>
     
  18. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    <tr><td class="quote">Thanks for all the tips, guys. I may actually leave this one as is. It is polished really well. The wood almost feels like glass and it shines under a light. I used 220-1500 grit sandpaper and finished with some 3M brand polishing paper that barely feels like it has any grit. It is a birrhday present for my six year old niece so I doubt it will see any real serious hard use. Plus it's just too nice to gom it up trying something for the first time. Thanks again.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>huh ? am i the only one who thinks huh ????</span>
     
  19. tokSick

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  20. cbsmith111

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    ...I think there's something I'm not getting here.