My first slingshot - Finishing advice needed

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Cunningfish, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Cunningfish

    Cunningfish New Member

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    The original branch of oak I cut the fork from.<br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=2&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/01032011.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>The raw finished product.<br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=3&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/01032012.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>The back - Notice the grip I carved into the back to suit my hand.<br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=4&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/01032013.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br>The back closed hand.<br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=5&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/01032014.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>The front closed hand.<br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=6&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/01032015.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br>The front - Notice the grooves I carved in for my fingers.<br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=7&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/01032016.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>Well I am still waiting for the rubber to arrive which is just aswell really as I now need to finish it. I have never really worked with wood before and am not sure how I should seal it. I love the oak though - don't really think i should get rid of the natural detail of the grain with paint. Was thinking dye and a clear coat or just a clear coat (no idea what to use as a clear coat. Varnish?). Advice, opinions? Please help. <br><br>Also, if you can see something fundamentally wrong with my creation please point it out.
     
  2. CaptainBacon

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    You could use a light wood stain (golden oak or cherry), or a transparent dye to really bring out the grain, and then clear coat it with varnish, lacquer, or polyurethane. A good choice is rub on polyurethane, since it builds slow and won't leave you with drips. <br><br>Oak is very porous, as you can no doubt tell by the small slashes that run with the grain. When you apply your clear coat, take extra care to fill the pores so that you are left with a smooth finish,
     

  3. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    God I love Oak... I would put a couple coats of some home made Red Rose Tea dye on that baby to give it a Red Oak look <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  4. Cunningfish

    Cunningfish New Member

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    hmm by that do you mean attack it with a wet tea bag?
     
  5. HonzaS

    HonzaS New Member

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    I used alcohol glaze paint, mordant the wood. Sold a lot of shades, is fast drying. Pretty highlights the wood structure. I recently gave here in homemades "plumhammer" slingshot, look at the photo, where is nicely to see the transformation.<br><br>And by the way, nice slingshot, looks massively, congratulations
     
  6. Droolp1g

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    One problem i have noticed with the polyurethane gloss if you are planning to use it is don't be disheartened if it comes off when you replace the bands as the poly coating sticks to the band.
     
  7. Cunningfish

    Cunningfish New Member

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    cheers for the help guys. I've gone for English Light Oak wood stain followed by clear Polyurethane varnish. Will get some finished sling pics up as soon as i've got the bands on.
     
  8. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Nice job. Nice slingshot.
     
  9. Cunningfish

    Cunningfish New Member

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    Thanks to you all for your help and thanks to this site.<br><br>Behold!<br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=8&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/05032010.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=9&u=17322167" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/32/21/67/05032011.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>Learnt so much from this, I now understand why the designs I see repeated over and over would work. Already started the MKII and am having dreams about a MKIII... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> need the wood first though. Thanks again!! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7">
     
  10. CaptainBacon

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    I'm glad to see it came out so nice.