'Ello and Good Morning

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by oliverkrystal, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. oliverkrystal

    oliverkrystal New Member

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    I hail from the midwestern United States where its hideously cold right now - good weather for slingshots if you can shoot them in the first 30 seconds after pulling them from your coat. I'm an all around geek who also happens to have a history with wood.<br><br> I pretty much blame Joerg for inspiring me to make these - not that that's a bad thing. I needed to do some woodworking again <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>This is the first one I made, about 6 months ago. It took me a bit to finally order theraband but I'm glad I did - it shoots so much better. This is made from a tree branch fork.<br><img src="http://soliloquyforthefallen.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMG_1391.JPG-convert.png" border="0" alt=""><br><br>This one I made after wanting to try a wider, low rise fork. Its based on Joerg's 6 circles design, but something I did up in a cad program. I utilized 3 sheets of 1/2inch oak plywood glued together for this one.<br>2 pictures this time - because of the profile:<br><img src="http://soliloquyforthefallen.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/slingshot-front.jpg-convert.png" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://soliloquyforthefallen.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMG_1397.JPG-convert.png" border="0" alt=""><br><br>I also put long bands on this so I could shoot butterfly style. Right now I"m shooting the 1.2 daisy glass marbles, but I might order some steel ammo soon.<br>
     
  2. HonzaS

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    Hi, it's very nice pieces, especially the from plywood is wonderful. I was thinking in a sports store, if take a no-name band, but I prefer to choose and order, certified Thera band, it's worth it.<br>It also inspired me, Joerg and also gamekeeper, so now I can thanks to them, make a better slingshot than I can buy at the store.<br><br>I will make a mould for casting lead balls. I would like ready finished mould, perhaps by Milbro, but it's too expensive for me. And I have plenty of lead.
     

  3. Droolp1g

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    Lead is one of the easiest strongest fastest materials to have. Unfortunately not the cheapest or friendly to the environment. You can find scraps laying around on top of abandoned museums ex if you are willing to look hard enough. You can cast lead balls from wood you just need a steel rod with a ball on the end like this one <a href="http://www.dremeleurope.com/dremelocs-uk/product/2737/92/high-speed-cutters/high-speed-cutter-7,8-mm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.dremeleurope.com/dremelocs-uk/product/2737/92/high-speed-cutters/high-speed-cutter-7,8-mm</a> the ball will only come out as good as you make the mold and the wood wont set a lite well it never on me but i would carry a fire extinguisher just be be on the safe side. just make sure you tighten the gap or they come out crap oh and leave a slight dip at hole entrance or the lead will spill. Yeah i like the plywood one too and love the fact he has not made the school boy mistake i did by making the handle too wide nice job =]
     
  4. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Nice slingshots. I like the plywood one, it looks great.
     
  5. CaptainBacon

    CaptainBacon Knowledgeable Man

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    My friend, you've managed to make that plywood sing. I love to design my frames in Google Sketch-Up. Free things are never bad.
     
  6. oliverkrystal

    oliverkrystal New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>HonzaS wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Hi, it's very nice pieces, especially the from plywood is wonderful. I was thinking in a sports store, if take a no-name band, but I prefer to choose and order, certified Thera band, it's worth it.<br>It also inspired me, Joerg and also gamekeeper, so now I can thanks to them, make a better slingshot than I can buy at the store.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Thanks!<br><br></span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>HonzaS wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I will make a mould for casting lead balls. I would like ready finished mould, perhaps by Milbro, but it's too expensive for me. And I have plenty of lead.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Have you considered looking at another retailer? This one only makes 2 balls at a time, but its only 21 dollars: <a href="http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=740962&type=product&WT.tsrc=CRR&WT.mc_id=crrdtfd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=740962&type=product&WT.tsrc=CRR&WT.mc_id=crrdtfd</a><br><br>One thing I haven't heard yet - make sure that you lead has had time to become absoutely dry! I have a friend who had some employees melting down loead that they hadn't properly dried - and it exploded <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13"></span>
     
  7. oliverkrystal

    oliverkrystal New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Droolp1g wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Lead is one of the easiest strongest fastest materials to have. Unfortunately not the cheapest or friendly to the environment. You can find scraps laying around on top of abandoned museums ex if you are willing to look hard enough.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Or you can just go to where they balance tires and ask for all the old weights that they took off tires <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"></span>
     
  8. Droolp1g

    Droolp1g New Member

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    Yeah i remember jourg mentioning that im gonna give it a try <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"> though i don't expect much in Lancashire im more likely to get a load of shitty looks that lead.