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Hey guys, this is my first home made slingshot. Actually, it's my first home made wooden thing in general. It's not quite done yet, but I'm in need of some advice before I carry on. <br><br>I went off the Moorhammer blueprints, and after a fun afternoon, I've now got this. It started as a square chunk of 2x6 of, I think, a kind of pine.<br><br><img src="http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w213/abbottsteve/IMG_8191.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w213/abbottsteve/IMG_8194.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w213/abbottsteve/IMG_8197.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>I am now onto the stage where I have to pick bands and a kind of finish. Any suggestions? And any idea where I can get Theraband? I have never shot a slingshot of this shape before, so I'm thinking a leather glove and a light-ish band may be a good idea. Also, I'm not sure how heavy a band I can put on this before I run into breakage.<br><br>I'm thinking I'd like a nice, dark stain to it, and get it shiny. Is there any type of resin, perhaps, that could do this?<br><br>Thanks for looking, dudes/ladies. And thank you Jörg for sharing what you do.<br><br>-Steve <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28">
 

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Please be careful with that frame. The grain direction suggests that a fork arm may snap off. Your fork is pretty high, so there will be a lot of strain on the arms. <br><br>At least do the vise test before you use the slingshot... wrap it with a towel, clamp it into the vise, attach rope instead of rubber, put a foot against the workbench and pull with both arms, as hard as you can. If it holds, it is safe.
 

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Ok. Thanks for the advice, Jörg. I may try this. I won't shoot it unless I do, but I may just go for a steel core for my actual shooter. I like the grain on this one so it may be for display!
 

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You may want to coat the frame with polyurethane varnish then, as pine will loose that nice white color quickly when you handle it. Oiling is a possibility, but it will change the color some.
 

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It is a very nice made slingshot, really.But as Joerg said the grain direction makes me think of " The worst case scenario". Plus, i don't know much about woods but i know, pine is not so strong( even with a good grain direction). Take Joerg' s advises seriously for your own safety. Once again, you made a beautiful piece there. Cheers mate.
 
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