First slingshot. Mesquite

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by greenteagod, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. greenteagod

    greenteagod New Member

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    This is my first attempt at making a slingshot. I'll admit though I did have a good model to reference, as I got a Persimmon slingshot in exchange for some raw forks, from Jörg.<br><br>A little background on the fork itself. I cut a fork off of a Mesquite tree that was on my girlfriends parent's property. It was coming down anyway and there was one decent fork on it so I grabbed it. The problem though is that there are many boring insects here and this one was infested as a lot of trees are. So there were big holes through the heartwood in certain spots. One of these runs right down the back side of one of the forks. I hope it is strong enough, but Mesquite is a pretty hard wood so I think it'll be all right.<br><br>It has excellent contrast between the heartwood and outer layers, though I do wish I'd been able to get more of the outer, blonde, wood on it. I used a angle grinder with a wire wheel to knock off the bark and then a sanding disc and belt sander to rough in the shape. When it was almost there I gave it some hits in the microwave. This wood does like to crack, and I was pretty careful but there are still a couple splits at the very centers of the branches. Once it was the shape I wanted I think went from 120 up to 320 grit with some 220 in between, and coats of Linseed oil in between. I'm still working on the final finish. I've been using pumice, grade 4F, but might pick up some various steel wool grades today just to try to get it a bit smoother. <br><br>Either way, this is my first attempt at a slingshot fork, and while a blatant copy, I like to think that is the most sincere form of flattery.<br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=4&u=18095247" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i17.servimg.com/u/f17/18/09/52/47/photo10.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=5&u=18095247" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i17.servimg.com/u/f17/18/09/52/47/photo-10.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br>
     
  2. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    This is a very beautyful slingshot!
     

  3. SlingShotStefan

    SlingShotStefan New Member

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    im so jealous <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_redface.gif" alt="Embarassed" longdesc="10">
     
  4. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    Ow wow, if this is the first one i want to see more!!
     
  5. pasquale

    pasquale Member

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    beautiful slingshot
     
  6. Saderath

    Saderath Senior Member

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    An impressive first slingshot! Well done!
     
  7. Arturo Borquez

    Arturo Borquez Administrator

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    wow ... THE FIRST <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> ... what will show you then when you "learn" <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> ... no just a joke ... very nice ss and very beautiful wood ... keep going on !!!
     
  8. EndOfTheWorldPrep

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>onnod wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Ow wow, if this is the first one i want to see more!!</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>+1</span>
     
  9. Lars

    Lars The Evil Genious

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    <div>cool<br>i like it<br>but don´t use to strong bands<br>
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    <br>hmm nice slingshot!<br>maybe needs some sanding and oiling <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/selfmademilitary" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">my Channel . . . . . Selfmademilitary</a><br><a href="http://slingshotforum.forumieren.com/" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">My Forum</a>
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  10. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Great slingshot... hard to believe it is your first one.<br><br>Thanks for posting it here. I told you people would like it!<br><br>
     
  11. slingpit

    slingpit Slingshot addicted

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    Very nice and clean work.
     
  12. LW

    LW New Member

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    I can only agree, very nice for your first homemade! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28">
     
  13. greenteagod

    greenteagod New Member

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>JoergS wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Great slingshot... hard to believe it is your first one.<br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>What can I say, I had an excellent example to work from =)</span>
     
  14. SlingShotStefan

    SlingShotStefan New Member

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    You already crafted wood before you started slingshots i guess?
     
  15. greenteagod

    greenteagod New Member

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>SlingShotStefan wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">You already crafted wood before you started slingshots i guess?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I did shape a electric violin body out of purpleheart once. Still never finished that though. I've also built a good number of things out of wood, mostly 2x4 stuff, framing, and decking, but I'm getting more in to wood working. I do sculpt though =)<br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=6&u=18095247" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i17.servimg.com/u/f17/18/09/52/47/jenisk10.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a></span>
     
  16. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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  17. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Beautiful wood and slingshot. I wish my latest ones were as good looking as your first one. Great work!!
     
  18. Skorps

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    <div>That´s realy a beauty! Realy nice!</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
    <br><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><i><strong>!! SÜDBADNER !! </strong></i> <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
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  19. mojo

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    Very nice shooter and great work ! It is reminiscent of a bone ...<br><br><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>greenteagod wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <br><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=6&u=18095247" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i17.servimg.com/u/f17/18/09/52/47/jenisk10.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>This is also very cool! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> What size is it ?</span>
     
  20. Tysonspapa

    Tysonspapa New Member

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    that wood looks awesome.