First Ever Attempt

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by von_z2, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. von_z2

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    Ok guys, I started work on my first slingshot today. I started with a natural hardwood fork and I'm slowly shaping it into an ergonomic, side shooter style. I'm pretty happy with how it's coming along, but who knows where it will end up. I have absolutely zero experience, lol. Pics will be coming soon...
     
  2. BC-Slinger

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    We will be watching for pics !. Good luck on the first build.
     

  3. von_z2

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    <div>Sooooo, I got a little Dremel-happy and ended up with a finger groove in the wrong spot, lol. Can anyone recommend a good, sturdy filler that won't be too obvious once I stain it?</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  4. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    sawdust and glue works really good, and it is cheap
     
  5. von_z2

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    <div>I ended up going with a commercial filler that supposedly will maintain the structural integrity of the wood. Once it dries, I'll be back to shaping. Hopefully I'll have something worth taking a picture of later tonight. I'm kicking myself for not taking a before photo of the fork. Next time...</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  6. Flipgun

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    <div>Power tools screw up powerful fast. Been there...</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
    <br>Failed perception is when you have a gun, I have a slingshot and you think you are the only one that is armed. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7">
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  7. Fraction of a second between sanding and finger groove.
     
  8. von_z2

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    <div>Lol, yup, not a lot of margin for error. I finished all the shaping and love how it came out, but I just learned something else the hard way. When you are working with a natural fork, there is an odd combination of end grain and flat grain and those different areas absorb stain at vastly different rates. I'm going to have to stain it much darker than I originally planned to even everything out. Either way, it should be done by tomorrow night and I'll post pics. It's been a great learning experience, and I'm hoping that if nothing else, it will at least be a good functional shooter. It feels absolutely great in my hand.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  9. von_z2

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    <div>Ok, so it's finally done. The stain ended up so hideous that I had to remove it, which caused really weird discoloration of the wood and made my patched area really stand out. I love the shape and I love how it feels, but unfortunately it's pretty damn ugly. It was fun though and i learned a lot. It won't let me upload photos from my Droid though. It says that the file type is not allowed. Anyone know how I can work around that?<br><br>
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    <div>OK, pics are finally here. Bear in mind guys that I've never made a slingshot before in my life and haven't really done any kind of woodworking either. I know the finish is crappy, but it's a very ergonomic shape set up for the finger and thumb support, "pinch grip."<br><br>[​IMG]<br><br>[​IMG]<br><br>[​IMG]</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  11. BC-Slinger

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    Looks like a great slinger my friend great job.
     
  12. zwillie

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    Hats off if this is your first one.<br>It looks very good and ergonomic too.<br>Nice shiny finish.<br>Zwillie
     
  13. von_z2

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    <div>Thanks guys! Yeah, it's definitely my first one. It started as a chunky maple fork that I cut from the woods behind my house and dried in my oven. I learned a lot with this one and I'm currently working on a second one that is coming out much better. </div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  14. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    Nice, looks ergonomic
     
  15. How are you going to say the finish isn't good? Excelent work! Absolutly amazing, especially for your first. Once again I feel the envy lol.
     
  16. Flipgun

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    <div>I am not seeing any problems here Brother. Better than some I have seen done by people that have made dozens.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
    <br>Failed perception is when you have a gun, I have a slingshot and you think you are the only one that is armed. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7">
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  17. von_z2

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    <div>Thanks so much guys. You are too kind. I can't wait to make more. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
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