Australian woods for slingshots?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by anaphase, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. anaphase

    anaphase New Member

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    So I want to make a pretty but functional board-cut slingshot in the "La Cholita" design (I'm new so I can't post a link. If you're interested in the design just google "DIY slingshot la cholita" and it's the first on the list. I love it.). <br><br>Does anybody have any suggestions for a common Australian hardwood to make it from?<br>So far I'm tossing up between Tasmanian Oak and Red Gum. <br>I like Red Gum for both its beautiful colouring and sheer strength, but it's supposed to be a very difficult wood to work with.<br>Tasmanian Oak is easier, but not quite as strong and it doesn't look nearly as nice in my opinion.<br><br>Failing that, are any of the Northern hardwoods commonly used (maple, elm, red oak...) available down here in, say, Bunnings? (I live in Victoria)<br><br>I plan on using a Thera Band Gold bandset with approx 15 kgs of draw.<br>Also, how thick should the board be? A lot of people seem to use 20mm (3/4 inch) but it seems to me that it's a bit thin. Might be just my paranoia though <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14"><br><br>Any suggestions/advice would be much appreciated! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">