My first slingshot

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Werdna8, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Werdna8

    Werdna8 New Member

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    This is not finished yet but I wanted to show it off and ask some questions. I cut this from a scrub tree that grows all over my parents property. It is very hard wood about like oak. I started this thinking about slingshotsnipers one tool contest and used only the knife in the picture except to trim the forks down and shorten the handle. The large cracks appeared about a day after I stoped carving. I had tried microwaving after most of the basic shape had been hacked from the fork but after several tries I saw no steam so I stoped. With cracks this size is the slingshot safe to shoot and how can I avoid these cracks next time? <img src="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/%3Ca%20href=" border="0" alt="">border="0" /><img src="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/%3Ca%20href=" border="0" alt=""> border="0" /><img src="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/%3Ca%20href=" border="0" alt="">border="0" /><img src="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/%3Ca%20href=" border="0" alt="">border="0" /><img src="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/%3Ca%20href=" border="0" alt=""><img src="http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg580/Andrew_Descant/2012-04-14_22-58-02_397.jpg" border="0" alt=""></A>" border="0" /><img src="http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg580/Andrew_Descant/2012-04-15_04-14-11_166.jpg" border="0" alt=""></A>" <img src="http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg580/Andrew_Descant/2012-04-16_14-17-41_954.jpg" border="0" alt=""></A>" <img src="http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg580/Andrew_Descant/2012-04-16_14-14-12_411.jpg" border="0" alt=""></A>"<img src="http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg580/Andrew_Descant/2012-04-16_14-14-27_733.jpg" border="0" alt=""></A>"
     
  2. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    looks good, i have no idea how you can avoid cracks but if fill them with a mix off glue(like epoxy) and sawdust it probably will be safe again
     

  3. TreStates

    TreStates New Member

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    glue and crushed charcoal makes a nice accent
     
  4. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    This is intense cracks...you could use gorilla glue and then press in a chip/strip of wood from the same tree, sand it down and you wont even notice if you do it right...
     
  5. Wargasm

    Wargasm New Member

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    epoxy and graphite makes a nice strong decent looking filler<br>
     
  6. zamarion

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    but doing so ofcourse makes it unable to enter the one tool contest right
     
  7. cbsmith111

    cbsmith111 New Member

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    I dry mine in the microwave BEFORE I do any carving. I lightly remove the bark and then dry it. You have to take it really slow too. Like a minute in the microwave and thirty minutes to an hour before another cycle. I just weigh mine each time and stop microwaving when it no longer loses weight or even when it only loses like a gram. All I get are light cracks on the end cuts so I just leave a few inches extra. You could also probably seal the open ends to prevent these. I'm a beginner, but this method seems to work for me.
     
  8. zamarion

    zamarion New Member

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    i dont microwave dry mine at all i just take a fresh fork cut it into the slingshot shape i want and oil it up and done
     
  9. HonzaS

    HonzaS New Member

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    Werdna Hi, I had a similar problem often with wood of fruit trees. Very well, this is solved by using epoxy resin with a syringe.<br><br><img src="http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/7675/p4171118.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>It turned out very well. Maybe the liquid resin, and it needs to apply more than once. If you leak out a little, after hardening it can remove sandpaper.
     
  10. Werdna8

    Werdna8 New Member

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    Thanks for all the info for now I'm going to put that one on hold and cut some new forks. Will try microwaving before carving and let some sit in my Dad's wood shed for 6 months or so. I'm going to try to make a micarta one soon i hope it turns out ok.
     
  11. JoergS

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>cbsmith111 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I dry mine in the microwave BEFORE I do any carving. I lightly remove the bark and then dry it. You have to take it really slow too. Like a minute in the microwave and thirty minutes to an hour before another cycle. I just weigh mine each time and stop microwaving when it no longer loses weight or even when it only loses like a gram. All I get are light cracks on the end cuts so I just leave a few inches extra. </td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>That is exactly what I do as well. You don't need to weigh, just stop once the frame comes out dry, not wet and steamy. <br><br>If you use fresh forks without drying, there will be some change in shape and maybe even cracks as the frame dries. Wet forks also don't absorb the oil well.</span>
     
  12. e_monster55

    e_monster55 New Member

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    I remember My first slingshot, I was young at the time, but I remember it having been carved into a north american totem pole design but with aztec elements, I've since lost that slingshot, Oh well.