My first slingshot build ever

Discussion in 'Conventional slingshots' started by Odins_Zornn, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Odins_Zornn

    Odins_Zornn Noob

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    This is my first time building a slingshot, so advice is appreciated.
     

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  2. Will

    Will Thread Hijacker

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    Looks like you found a great fork to work with! What wood is that? How long ago did you cut it?
     

  3. Odins_Zornn

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    It's dogwood. About 36 cm long all together, 4.5 cm diameter forks, and 5.5 cm diameter handle. I just cut it.
     
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  4. Odins_Zornn

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    The base of the forks are wide enough to accommodate most styles. So you all get to decide what it looks like. :)
     
  5. Courier

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    Looks like a nice big fork!
    If it is freshly cut, I would dry it either with the "microwave-method" or let it dry naturaly or try the new drying method from Cubanizm, which he posted in some thread before.
    Good luck!
     
  6. Will

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    Ah, dogwood is great stuff! You will want more experienced advice than mine, for sure, but the first thing to be done is drying the wood. It would be worth some searching on here to find different techniques.
     
  7. Brazilviking

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    1-remove the whole bark with a knife
    2-microwave it
    3-do you have an eletric plane? Plane 7mm of the surface
    4-Put it over a paper and raw the outline
    5-create or find a blueprint tha matches the size
    6-carefully drill holes
    7-cut the shape, aproximately
    8-START SUFFERING WITH A RSP AND GIVE IT SHAPE
    9-suffering continues with a file
    10-repeat above
    11-suffering has a new name....SANDPAPER
    12-suffer from grit 60 to 1600
    13-oil it
    14-wax it
    15-remove all the 3000 bottles of beer that you've drink doing this from the garden
    16-get proud from a hard well done work!:D

    ps-this slingshot was not suposed to be posted untill next week.....(DOH!)
     

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  8. Odins_Zornn

    Odins_Zornn Noob

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    Suffering? I love wood work! What better way to get into the mindset of public education than an arduous and repetitive task?
     
  9. Brazilviking

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    If you need any directions, just ask!
     
  10. Odins_Zornn

    Odins_Zornn Noob

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    How long should i microwave it for (1,100 amp or volt or whatever)?
     
  11. Brazilviking

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    nice question....wood in Brazil drys naturally faster, so I usually don't microwave it a lot. a long time continuous is not recomended...aparently it may crack the wood.
    I usually make 3 min and rest, repeating about 5 times....but it may take more. I don't know dogwood!
     
  12. studer1972

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    Nice find. Should make a great, sturdy fork.
     
  13. Will

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    Ok, you must be very careful drying wood in a microwave. It works very well, but can also catch on fire quite easily (from what I've read). I have used the technique before, but I did it in 30 second intervals and I wrapped the fork in paper towels to collect the moisture that is extruded. It may be a good idea to look at some wood working forums online. I've also heard of a way to dry a fork in the oven on very low heat.
     
  14. Odins_Zornn

    Odins_Zornn Noob

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    I am worried by the idea of it catching fire. I might just use salt considering my fork is less likely to burn. 20 cubic inches of sea salt in paper towel pouches should be enough to dry it in a week or so, right?
     
  15. Will

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    There was a great technique shared here just a couple days ago that would be perfect for you. Give me a second, I'll see if I can find it for you
     
  16. Will

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    Now, as lazy and impatient as I can be, I would buy enough powdered rock salt to cover the fork and then seal it in a container with layers of plastic wrap. Then I would change the salt as it becomes saturated. However, this is just me talking, I haven't tried my idea before
     
  18. dolomite

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    bv,that's a sweet lil slingy. it amazes me what you got out of that fork!
     
  19. Brazilviking

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    Ssshhhh! thats a secret one! hahahahahah
    No power tools, Dolomite! Only hand powered tools! I'll post it later, maybe tonight.
     
  20. Odins_Zornn

    Odins_Zornn Noob

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    No power tools... It would be amazing to have a choice in that mater. As it is, I am left with the bare minimum.