How to get a flat surface on wood

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Mulgarat, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Mulgarat

    Mulgarat New Member

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    Hi there!
    I wanted to glue a 3cm thick endcap to an unfinished SS, so i needed a flat surface on each piece, but i didnt managed that. Can anybody tell me how to do that?
     
  2. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    belt sander is what I use. Steady hands is a must, brace them against a table if you can.
     

  3. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    put a piece of sandpaper on a flat surface an sand away patiently
     
  4. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    I've made 2 slingshots recently, both with end caps, my first time trying this process. I'm okay with my results, but I know an experienced hand can do better. I've got a slingshot from Dolo with an end cap - the joint between the two pieces is flawless - no gaps, no irregularities - it looks like they were meant to be together. So, until I get a belt sander, I'm doing it by hand using Tilia's method. I've been using a clamp to hold a piece of sandpaper on a flat board (easier than trying to hold the sandpaper steady yourself) and then trying to hold my hand as steady as possible to make a nice flat surface. I'm guessing the more you do it, the better you'll get. I noticed a difference just from the first piece to the second.
     
  5. Mulgarat

    Mulgarat New Member

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    Ok, thx!
    So i just need a little more experience.
     
  6. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    You just need to learn how to use a file, properly.
     
  7. Mulgarat

    Mulgarat New Member

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    It's both really hard wood and also the side on which the yearrings(i dont know how it's called) are.
     
  8. Brazilviking

    Brazilviking Thread Hijacker

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    You can use a saw......it usually cuts in traight line, becoming a plane surface.....
     
  9. EyAlter

    EyAlter New Member

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    You can clamp it into a vice so that it only sticks out maybe 2mm. Then you remove material with a rasp until you hit the metal on both sided. Finish off with a sand paper block. This way it is impossible to get it uneven.
     
  10. beaverIII73

    beaverIII73 Junior Member

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    I clamped a long flat file in a benchand used my hand to move the wood up and down the file. I guess it's very close to putting a peace of sand paper on a flat board. I think either one will work. I hope that helps.
     
  11. Haze

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    I have a pine 2x 4 with some 80 grit glued to it so you can just use it wherever.