First Homemade Shooter

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by GoodRum, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. GoodRum

    GoodRum Slingshot Newb

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    Finished my first slingshot on New Years Eve. Its a Rambone made from Birch multiplex and finished with 600 grit sandpaper and 2 coats of Watco Danish Oil. I think it turned out pretty nice for a first slingshot even though I messed up and misaligned the pieces of plywood when glueing them together. O have yet to band it up, but I have 2 layered TBG coming in the mail in a couple of days.

    I would like to hear y'alls honest opinion and any tips you could give. Also I am thinking about making one from a natural fork next. Any suggestions on what type wood or certain types of forks I should look for would be great.

    Thanks,

    Goody
     

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  2. Tubes

    Tubes weird kid in the corner

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    That's your first? You, sir, are cool. :cool:
     

  3. beaverIII73

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  4. GoodRum

    GoodRum Slingshot Newb

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    Thanks guys!

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  5. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Nice job on your first build! A Rambone is a bit of a tough one to cut your eyeteeth on, but you've made a great start. Keep it up.
     
  6. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Good finishing work- the red stripes work well. Birch can be a b!tch to work with at times, but as long as you rasp and file into the center and not outwards you're in good shape. For a natural, as long as it isn't a Fir tree (pine, spruce, etc) you should be okay. Just find a fork that, when you look at it, you can see the finished product. Personally, I uses rasps exclusively for stripping and shaping naturals. If the fork is still green, you can use the search function for tips on how to microwave a fork into useable density.

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  7. GoodRum

    GoodRum Slingshot Newb

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    Thanks for the advice WildBill and the kinds words Withak! I found a pretty nice fork in my backyard off of an unknown tree with the "flaky" bark. It might be some type of birch variant so I will try it out and see.

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  8. GoodRum

    GoodRum Slingshot Newb

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    Sorry for the double post, but here's a picture I took in case any of y'all are tree experts ;)
     

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  9. 4foruglenncoco

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    U did very good for your first sling, some advise is just to round the edges more on the fork so u don't cut the bands. Other than that your gold. And I think that tree may be part of the eucalyptus family, so I would try NOT to use that wood. Search for some dogwood(best in my opinion), oak. Walnut, yew, any fruit tree, elm, honeysuckle, ash,Osage orange, etc. u don't want soft woods or anything that grows toooooo fast such us eucalyptus and pine. I hope this helped :D
     
  10. Really nice sling especially for your first time!
    I agree with what is posted above that you should round the edges abit more but it is a great ss!
    You could also use some rasps on the edges to make the ply wood all flush with the other laminations so that it looks more like one big bit of ply

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  11. Tubes

    Tubes weird kid in the corner

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    That would be crate murtel. Got plenty of it where I live.
     
  12. Tubes

    Tubes weird kid in the corner

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    BTW- crate murtel is a pretty tough wood, and for as long as I've worked with it, it won't split too easily.
     
  13. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Goodrum, where are you located? Can you give a country, state or region? I have that tree narrows down to three possibilities but need to know where it is.

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  14. GoodRum

    GoodRum Slingshot Newb

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    Tennessee

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  15. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Without seeing any leaves, I suspect that it's a Sycamore.

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  16. GoodRum

    GoodRum Slingshot Newb

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    Yeah, we cut the top of the tree off in the winter so it can grow back in the spring. I will do some further research and try to get back to you guys

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  17. GoodRum

    GoodRum Slingshot Newb

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    Ok so I finally figured out that it is in fact a crepe myrtle. Thanks for everone's help on this, and now I just have to convince my mom to let me cook a tree in the microwave :D
     
  18. Tubes

    Tubes weird kid in the corner

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    ohmygawd i have the same problem...