My very first handmade slingshot!

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by BensonHo, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. BensonHo

    BensonHo New Member

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    [​IMG]<br><br>So this is my first attempt, I tried making my own version of <br>the pocket rocket from Gamekeeper John's catapult line.<br>I was playing with my pencil, a paper, scissors and my can of beer...<br>And VOILÀ! I had a pocket rocket design all cut out and ready to serve!<br>And so I did.<br><br>It has LOT's of imperfections but I'm quite happy with the result,<br>it's not finished yet though, I have to wait 'til my finish dries overnight,<br>give it a good sand and coat again tomorrow.<br><br>The thickest russian birch plywood I found was 17,5mm<br>and I'm not sure about birch plywood from other areas but <br>the plywood I got kind of chipped easily, though it was also easily remediable.<br>Now here's what I did: to carve out the design, I managed with an old saber saw, <br>after that I rasped and filed it. Then I used my good old dremel rotary tool to get my final shape.<br>I proceded to sand it down as follow : 60g, 80g, 120g, 180g, 220g, 320g to finish.<br>I wet it a little bit too in the sanding process.<br><br>Finally, I applied a coat of gloss spar varnish (or marine varnish).<br>The only thing I'm missing is oil, like tung oil or something similar.<br>Any advices on what oil I can rub on the slingshot?<br>If I remember well, linseed oil leaves a slight yellowish color...<br>and I was wondering how can I put color on my slingshot?<br>I read about rubbing tea bags and sanding off with wet sandpaper on the forum,<br>is rubbing green tea actually going to make the wood green?<br>Can I use watercolor painting? I can't go buy some pricey stains...<br><br>Anyways, I'll post another picture when it's complete. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13"><br><br>Cheers all, have a good one! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/sleep.gif" alt="Sleep" longdesc="31">
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <div>Looks nice! thanks for sharing!</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  3. ketansa

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    Hi Benson )) , welcome. <br>First slingshot work done good. <br>If you want to make the ply thicker, you can laminate or glue two thin ply sheets together until you get the desired thickness. <br>for e.g.- If the 17.5mm is the maximum thick you can find at your place, and you want to use a 25mm ply, you have to join two 12.5mm sheets together.<br><br>You said you already varnished it? Now you cannot apply any oil. The oiling process comes after you finish sanding it. You can sand it while the oil is wet. Process of oiling is to soak the wood completely in oil and let it dry. This seasons the wood and makes it strong. Now after applying finishes, it wont soak anything.<br>Double boiled linseed oil is good and less cost. Tung oil is more better, and gives very less unnoticeable yellowing than the linseed oil. But Tung oil is expensive.<br>After the 3 or 4 oil coating sessions, dried completely, then you have to decide the varnish. For color, as Joerg uses, you can use writing grade inks. I have found stain-glass painting colors are also good for coloring, but after the oil is dried and before the final touch of varnish coating.<br>Water colors are good for coloring, but before oiling, or varnish. so, now only chance is the transparent stain-glass colors (student grade are well enough and cost less). They also give a good glossy hard finish. But better coat with varnish finally after coloring with them.<br>Tell us what you bring. ))<br><br>You have a cute black puppy. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/star3.png" alt="Like a Star @ heaven" longdesc="21"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  4. tokSick

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    Very nice first shooter. It seems you have some skills and talent, can' t wait to see your next ones. Great work.
     
  5. BensonHo

    BensonHo New Member

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    Thanks a lot for the info <strong>ketansa</strong>,<br>it is of GREAT help, I'm actually trying to find all the good tips<br>on the forum, count on printing all of it and hang it on the wall <br>for quick reminder when I need it.<br>And as for my puppy, thank you!<br>Abigail's way bigger now though,<br>the picture was taken months ago,<br>she'll be 2 years old in 4 months.<br>I'll probably change my profile pic when <br>I get the chance to capture a better photo.<br>I put the puppy pic because I haven't got any other that's as cute. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br>[​IMG]<br><br>My slingshots are now drying.<br>As you can see,<br>I've worked on another slingshot today;<br>just an ordinary classic slingshot design.<br>I've sand off my pocket rocket<br>and applied another coat of spar varnish.<br>Can't wait to test them out.<br><br><br>Well, cheers everyone!<br><br>EDIT:<br>[​IMG]<br>Might as well slip in an 'ok' photo taken at the park...<br>Oh! and she's a apbt x lab, though the lab was already mixed... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_scratch.png" alt="scratch" longdesc="33">
     
  6. ketansa

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    The simple slingshot also looks good. )) . Looks like you are going to practise a lot after they are ready. then look <a href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t1245-found-these-tresure-for-target-diagrams" class="postlink">here at my post.</a> , something for you to print more. )) . I found these websites containing lots of printable targets, for shooting practise.<br><br>Abigail can sense and see what you cannot. She senses the invisible energies around you. She is a really guardian dog. You might have noticed, how mysterious her expressions and actions are sometimes.<br><a href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t1245-found-these-tresure-for-target-diagrams" class="postlink"></a>
     
  7. tokSick

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    You have 3 slingshots ready to rock now. They are all nice but i like the first one more, i am allways amazed about how those small things are powerful and i guess that one is. Very nice work.
     
  8. Flipgun

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    I used Old English scratch remover for dark wood on a piece of multiplex and it really picked up the grain and layers.