Jörg makes a boardcut (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by JoergS, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    ...but first he makes a board!

    The European Dogwood brush that I felled 26m months ago already gave me many great slingshots. The hardest, most dense wood that is native to Germany always delivers!

    I thought I owe the brush one last great slingshot. But all of the big forks are gone! So I took the lowest, thickest part of the trunk and made a thick board from it, then slowly, painfully and sweatily shaped it into a Rambone variation.

    I kept it thick and wide, too show of the wonderfully spalted heartwood, but also to achieve the strength required for my strongest bands.

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    When the rasp and file finally fell silent, I attached some rope and tested the stability in the vise. This one held 50 kg without problems, more than twice the strength I need.

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    Then the finishing began. Filled all the gaps and cracks with epoxy (I don't want to rely on glue and always do the vise tests before the epoxying). Several coats of polyurethane, sanded and polished as always. This won't ever change color or rot.

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    I love the heavy, super smooth handle, and the reddish-brown color! Probably the nicest piece I made from that dogwood.
     
  2. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Beautiful!

    (just that "making a board" is not to be taken literally-
    reminds me of Terence Hill having a glass of liquor:
    first anxious about not too much liquor being filled into the glass,
    then taking the whole bottle... ;) )

    Great Slingshot!
     

  3. Courier

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    I can imagine how hard it was and how long it took to cut the shape out of the "board" . Great respect for that Jörg! :)
    But in the end it was all worth it. You got a really beatiful slingshot which is an awesome shooter, too.

    P.S. Do you mind if I ask whether it will be in the movie? It looks so damn amazing that I would love to see it there.
     
  4. zurdoman95

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    great finish it is shining
     
  5. Antraxx

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    Did not expect such a result...grainwise...really a wonderful piece for your collection :)
     
  6. slingpit

    slingpit Slingshot addicted

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    Beautiful work and nice wood.
     
  7. JoergS

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    As always the oil (raw linseed) brought out the grain, and the polycoating will make it last forever!
     
  8. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    It's just beautiful. The grain pattern and structure is just lovely. It's amazing what you find inside a simple piece of wood. Nice work Joerg! And I really love that Rambone design, just one more for my 'someday' build list.
     
  9. MountainStorm

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    This inspires me to break out my chainsaw and harvest some dead standing Black Locust on the hill. So hard it makes sparks fly from the chainsaw...so rot resistant even the root balls in the earth are good. Gorgeous colors and grain patterns in your piece.
     
  10. artons

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    WOW! that's psychedelic!
    i love the colour, normally dogwood is just yellow-brownish but this has an amazing grain!! :eek:
     
  11. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    looks crazy strong! and very nice work in all ways :)
     
  12. Brazilviking

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    I don't need to say how beautifull it is, others better than me already have. I just want to say that I love step by step pictures! Make me learn a lot more!!!
     
  13. xXdoomXx

    xXdoomXx Junior threadjacker ag. J

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    Eyes and mouth are open right now .. very widly open.

    I loves it

    J
     
  14. AngelicScars

    AngelicScars MILF of the board

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  15. JoergS

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    Thanx everybody! Truly a nice piece, who would have thought...
     
  16. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    Just good to show what a master craftsman can do with the proper tools and time. Vary impressive, as always.
     
  17. Lacumo

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  18. kineticweaponry

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    That heartwood is amazing!
     
  19. flicks

    flicks ...lost in the woods....

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    Awesome design Jörg! The color and grain turned out really nice.
     
  20. Tilia

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    beauty, lovely grain in the wood, gives it a nice warm look

    also love the disign