Making Micarta DIY

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by zwillie, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. zwillie

    zwillie New Member

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    Hi,<br>for my aluminium slingshots I want to make some micarta-handles.<br>Has anyone here made the micarta in DIY??<br><br>I found this<br><br><a href="http://forum.ramanon.com/showthread.php?32113-Multicolor-homemade-micarta&highlight=micarta%20tutorial" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://forum.ramanon.com/showthread.php?32113-Multicolor-homemade-micarta&highlight=micarta%20tutorial</a><br><br>This looks so cool for handles.<br>Zwillie
     
  2. tokSick

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    Hi Zwillie,<br>The micatra handles are very cool lookin, that' s for sure. I never tryed it but a friend of mine made one for his pistol crossbow and it was just amazing. I saw much tutorials on youtube and i think i' ve post a link here somewhere( don' t remember). Anyway, if you make one i' am really interessted to see it.
     

  3. zwillie

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    Hi,<br>today I have started my micarta experiment.<br>I cut a cherry wood board on the bandsaw in a... wavecut (?)<br><br>Then I put some layers of old shirts with epoxi between the two layers of wood.<br><br><img src="http://up.picr.de/12597070wc.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>Zwillie
     
  4. mojo

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    Hey, very nice, a micarta experiment <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">, looking forwart to see the results !
     
  5. zwillie

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    Hi,<br>here is the result but it issen´t dry yet?<br>Too less hardener??<br>I think the right side will be the forkside and the wave side for the handle <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_scratch.png" alt="scratch" longdesc="33"><br>Any ideas?<br><br><img src="http://up.picr.de/12608043pg.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://up.picr.de/12608044di.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  6. Tobias

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    Thanks for this link! very nice stuff. <br>i am looking forward to yours im am sure it will be nice!
     
  7. stej

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    I like any kind of experimentation and this experiment looks very interesting! Keep it up, I'm very curious about the result. I plan to try working with micarta as well. It's on my todo list <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
     
  8. zwillie

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    First result:<br>It´s getting harder (the micarta <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"> ) think my workshop is too cold.<br><br>Second result:<br>I am surprised that the epoxy makes a really good and shiny finish on the wood <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"><br><br>At the weekend I will cut the board to its finally form.<br><br>So everybody, please tell me your ideas for this project.<br><br>The board is 210 x 110 x 30mm.<br>I always have a lot of different woods and metals here to add to the slingshot if needed.
     
  9. tokSick

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    Sounds cool so far. I am really curious about final results. I' d like to try it too but i think those products are pretty expensive.
     
  10. zwillie

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    @ toksick,<br>about 10&euro; per Kg.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.ebay.de/itm/1-75Kg-GFK-Epoxidharz-Epoxydharz-Epoxi-Laminierharz-Terra-Harz-Top-Qualitat-/121026352667?pt=de_haus_garten_tierbedarf_reptilien&hash=item1c2dbb961b" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.de/itm/1-75Kg-GFK-Epoxidharz-Epoxydharz-Epoxi-Laminierharz-Terra-Harz-Top-Qualitat-/121026352667?pt=de_haus_garten_tierbedarf_reptilien&hash=item1c2dbb961b</a>
     
  11. zwillie

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    Tomorrow I will get some jute and I think this will look amazing as micarta.<br>It has a very good surface structure.
     
  12. Courier

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    If you want to highlight the colors, you should attach it on a metal core.<br>The contrast between metal core and the micarta will definitely draw the attention to the beautiful colors of the micarta.<br>Wood will also work, but the brown color could distract the attention away from the colors...you know what I mean?<br><br>It's a pitty, that I don't have the possibility to do such godlike handles. <br>I could only make them, if someone would send me a piece of micarta. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_neutral.gif" alt="Neutral" longdesc="20"><br>Nevertheless I wish you good luck zwilie. Practically everyone is waiting for the stunning awesome results.
     
  13. zwillie

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    Hi courier,<br>I know this picture it was one of the reasons I want to try out the micarta thing.<br>And please delete the pic if it is not yours, the link to the picture is okay.<br><br><br>For me Danny makes the most beautifull slingshots in the world.<br><br><br><a href="http://slingshotforum.com/uploads/gallery/album_356/med_gallery_1797_356_86720.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://slingshotforum.com/uploads/gallery/album_356/med_gallery_1797_356_86720.jpg</a><br><br><a href="http://slingshotforum.com/uploads/gallery/album_356/gallery_1797_356_1475904.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://slingshotforum.com/uploads/gallery/album_356/gallery_1797_356_1475904.jpg</a><br><br>He is really a master.<br>Zwillie
     
  14. mhpr262

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    so you are going to use the whole block of wood including the laminated layer for your slingshot? At first I thought you were just using the wood to press the layers together between layers of waxed or greased paper and wanted to remove a whole sheet of micarta later to use separately.<br><br>One suggestion: YOu might try and experiment a little with "Microballons", those are microscopic, superlight hollow little glass beads (they are so fine a jar of them looks like flour). You can easily double or triple the volume of the epoxy resin with them. It makes it cheaper and easier to work with, plus it lends a nice creamy white colour to your resin.
     
  15. zwillie

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    Hi mhpr262,<br>I will use the hole block i made.<br>I wouldn`t use cherry wood just as a clamp <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"><br><br>Here with the same layout as for my alu shooter...???<br><br><br><img src="http://up.picr.de/12621991of.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  16. Arturo Borquez

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    I am sure it will look very nice <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> with that curved thin lines zwillie !!
     
  17. Bert the Welder

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>zwillie wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Hi mhpr262,<br>I will use the hole block i made.<br>I wouldn`t use cherry wood just as a clamp <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"><br><br>Here with the same layout as for my alu shooter...???<br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Cant' wait to see it all sanded out! Would look cool reversed too. Micarta on teh outside and wood in the middle. <br>One thing I hate is the amount of waste there can be with cutting out slingshots. Just seems to painful. Guess you could cut handles out of the waste and make some steel forks to glue in.</span>
     
  18. zwillie

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    Hi Bert,<br>this is what I thought.<br>I got a lot of cherry wood here, so I could laminate the waste to a new board for the next slingshot (or on aluminium frame as handle).<br><br>Years ago I made this table from two cherry trees and I still have a lot of this nice wood.<br><img src="http://up.picr.de/12625681me.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  19. Theodor

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    nice table!!! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"><br>
     
  20. mhpr262

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