New banding method!

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Artifex, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Artifex

    Artifex New Member

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    I wanted to make a slingshot for a friend of mine that I was planning to visit in another state. Not having had a slingshot before, he had no idea if he would prefer to shoot right or left handed. I really wanted to make a pocket predator clone, but didn't want to stop and reband it between test shots, so I developed an ambidextrous flatband mount for it. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br><img src="http://i39.servimg.com/u/f39/17/59/95/19/img_2010.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br><img src="http://i39.servimg.com/u/f39/17/59/95/19/img_2011.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br>The bands go through the slot, around a D-shaped dowel and are clamped in place with an aluminum plate. I've had up to three bands of silver per side without a hint of slippage and it can be shot left or right handed. It's wicked powerful and pretty accurate. The ss itself is cherry with a white oak and tigerwood checkerboard. <br><br>I call it "CheckMate"<br><br>So, has anything like this been done before?
     
  2. Slingshots4Australia

    Slingshots4Australia New Member

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    wow that checkerboard effect looks really nice<br><br>does the timber come like that? or did you do it mate?
     

  3. Artifex

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    I just took a piece of each wood and ripped it to about 5/8th of an inch thick, then set the fence on my table saw to about 3/4 of an inch and started cutting tiny squares. I then traced my pattern on the cherry and started gluing squares onto it to cover the pattern. I did a wash of 50/50 water and glue to swell the squares and the hairline gaps disappeared. From there I cut it out on the scroll saw and then shaped with drum sanders and files like I normally do. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  4. Slingshots4Australia

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    Oh yep that makes sense <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br>I might have to keep this in mind later on in the month when I receive my free timber samples in the mail, if they're too small to do a full face I might have to do something similar.<br><br>it turned out really nice, great work mate
     
  5. luczek

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    a really nice method but now as i look at your design what if the person didnt own clamps so couldnt they just get either skinnier bands or bigger slots and just use string or rubber bands and band the fork so it compresses it?
     
  6. Artifex

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>luczek wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">a really nice method but now as i look at your design what if the person didnt own clamps so couldnt they just get either skinnier bands or bigger slots and just use string or rubber bands and band the fork so it compresses it?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Yes, I suppose that that would work if your wood was sufficiently flexible. I have some bamboo that would probably do the trick. I have some other ideas for future prototypes, but I just need to restock my theraband supply first. It should eliminate the need for the metal plate and reduce the number of screws to one or two per side.<br><br>More so than the ambidextrous nature of the mounting, I wish to find a clean and quick way to mount bands without a bunch of banding wrapping the forks.</span>
     
  7. pjturchen

    pjturchen New Member

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    Beautiful! Excellent work bud.
     
  8. Artifex

    Artifex New Member

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    Thank you very much!
     
  9. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Very cool! Gotta love the chessboard design. Well done.
     
  10. brat boon

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    <div>Cool</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
    <br><strong>at school, I am a slingshot expert</strong> <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>on this forum a noob <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_neutral.gif" alt="Neutral" longdesc="20">
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  11. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    nice, i love the chessboard
     
  12. Artifex

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>JoergS wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Very cool! Gotta love the chessboard design. Well done.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Many thanks, it means a lot coming from you. I have the utmost respect for your work.</span>