My first selfmade slingshots

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Rummelsdorf, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Rummelsdorf

    Rummelsdorf New Member

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    Today i made my first slingshot, but previously i went to our local graffiti yard in order to 'harvest' some steel balls for ammo:<br><br>New members are not allowed to post external links or <br>emails for 7 days. Please contact the forum administrator for more <br>information.<br><br>This is the ammunition i got from inside the spray-paint-cans. Even some different calibers, out of steel (i believe) or glass.<br><br>Then i went to "Bauhaus" where i bought a piece of wood, 20cm x 50cm x 23mm, for 3,50 Euro.<br>"Bauhaus" offers some tools to work with, as a service, and since i am a poor student (computer science) and do not own such tools, i used those tools.<br>I began cutting the wood with a saw, and filed it afterwards...<br>After about two hours, i got this:<br><br>New members are not allowed to post external links or <br>emails for 7 days. Please contact the forum administrator for more <br>information.<br><br> I see it as a work in progress, but it is already functional. The bands are Thera band black, the pouch is made out of leather from an old boot.<br>The bands are joined to the fork with constrictor knots, the pouch is attached with a blue rubber band.<br><br>Please help me with the name of the wood, it has 16 layers glued together... I believe PLYWOOD is not the correct designation...<br><br>Comments please ^^<br><br>PS:<br>I would love to show the pictures, but these stupid rules prevent me from doing so (in the preview it looked great!)...
     
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    <img src="http://i40.servimg.com/u/f40/17/10/26/82/rl_amm10.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br><img src="http://i40.servimg.com/u/f40/17/10/26/82/rl_fir10.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     

  3. JayG

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    In the states, most people call it plywood, over there, it seems to be called multi-plex most of the time. From the photo, it almost looks like Particleboard, which would not make a good slingshot at all.
     
  4. Rummelsdorf

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    I believe it is multiplex, it has 16 thin layers of wood glued together.<br>It is VERY sturdy, i could not break it by using it as a slingshot, i could not even break it if i wanted to. <br><br>I did some shooting, and it works very nicely. Soon i will sand it smooth, so that the layers will be more visible...<br>Then i'll make better photos...<br><br>Thank you JayG, and good night!
     
  5. Rummelsdorf

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    Here are my second generation homemades %)<br><br>The bottom design is my favorite for now, i also got me a thinner piece of multiplex where i try to duplicate it (top left). But 2 cm wide Thera band black is too weak imho.<br>The slingshot on the top was a gift from a friend, after i told him that slingshots are my new hobby %)<br><br>The frames are not done yet, but they are much smaller than my first one ^^ now measuring 14 cm (5.5 inches).<br><br><img src="http://i40.servimg.com/u/f40/17/10/26/82/rl_nex10.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  6. horstel-1980

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    Nice designs! <br>I like the bottom one, because it has the band-attachment sideways.<br>These 2cm wide bands are perfect for 7mm steel balls (1cm at the pouch) and full butterfly stand, but with a very small pouch. With that large pouch you can shoot Paintballs very precisely. <br>I think I have to make a new sling tomorrow...
     
  7. Rummelsdorf

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    <br>I like the bottom one, because it has the band-attachment sideways.<br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Thank you!<br><br>I tried the sideways attachment method, but i don't like it. When i was trying it out, one time the ammunition hit the frame (see blue markings on the frame). It scared the hell out of me. Ricochets can be quite dangerous... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_pirat.png" alt="pirat" longdesc="23"><br>The version from the thinner board will shoot with the over the top attachment method. Seems a lot safer that way...</span>
     
  8. JayG

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    You might be able to reshape that bottom one if you don't like it, looks like it would still have enough left for attaching over the top. I can see the layers in the wood now, when I saw that other photo it almost looked like a particle board shelf with a layer of formica on top. That stuff has no grain at all.
     
  9. Rummelsdorf

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    Yes, i could do that, but i have enough wood, so i can create an additional one %)<br>Alternatively i can put the bands through the middle, then there's less chance of hitting the frame. It also works...<br><br>The picture is crap, on it the frames still look like made out of particle board...<br><br>The frames indeed look crappy, because i had only little time for working on them.
     
  10. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    Can you post the pics to the forum?
     
  11. Rummelsdorf

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