I have some free time this weekend, and I want to build a slingshot like Joerg's record breaking Monster. I have many questions before I hit Rockler and Fleet Farm. 1. my choices for the baseboard are pine 1x4 or 1/2" baltic birch multiplex. I can laminate the multiplex in 2 or even 3 layers if needed. Joerg and CEZ's platforms both look about 3/4" of solid wood. Will pine 1x4 be strong enough for a 36" platform? The pine 1x4 should be lighter than even the 1/2" multiplex, right? 2. How hard is it to bend and drill screw holes on steel bars like CEZ used? Alternately, I'm thinking of disassembling my Saunders Falcon II for its fork, band clips, and handle. Then I'll need to buy another one, or maybe a Hawk. 3. Would counterweights at the non fork end of the platform help? I notice stabilizers are generally attached at the fork end (Barnett Pro Diablo and Cobra, Trumark Bat and FSX-2000, [email protected]'s starship). 4. I plan on using a strap at the elbow area of the platform to stabilize the arm brace and a foot rope (another Joerg idea) to prevent pull up of the fork end. 5. If I go the Falcon II route, will fasteners like this anchored with 1/2" long screws be adequate? http://www.homedepot.com/p/1-4-in-Steel-Clamp-Loom-66518/202209871#.UijY3I21F_w Any input before I build it this weekend?