Polished ABS plastic ergo/ pseudo-taper flatbands

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Slagskimmer Mike, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Slagskimmer Mike

    Slagskimmer Mike thinks TBG smells better than roses

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    Here's my experiment lately, on a piece of thrown away ABS plastic sheet from a former job.
    I screwed up the loong TBG full butterfly bands, and they came out as really thin straights instead of the taper I was after:p

    It ended up like this: 20140131_132719.jpg

    I folded the bands over double at the fork tie, and 120 mm(4.75in) from that tied on to the main band. Overall fork to pouch 407mm(16in.).
    I've been drawing it 1600mm(63 in.). This is easy to hold, yet refreshingly destructive. Even in the cold weather it makes a good thump. 20140114_153200.jpg
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    The plastic is polished with scotchbrite red and then 500 grit emery cloth until clogged and then burnished with the loaded up fine grit cloth until nearly mirror smooth.

    This material dents so easily it is surprising how tough it is. Before shaping I put the rough sawn blank in a vise and tried to break it off with a heavy hammer. Vise jaw prints were the worst of the damage.

    If anyone else shoots with flats tied up like this I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Might become a good use for those weird short pieces of TBG that keep appearing here.
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2014
  2. Tubes

    Tubes weird kid in the corner

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    This is awesome! Sounds SMOOTH!!!


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  3. dolomite

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    Nice one Mike! It's very "shinny";). SSboy would go crazy like a trailer princess at the diamond center.
     
  4. mvd

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    You must have really long arms :D anyway, looks very good and stutdy. Fine work.
     
  5. Flipgun

    Flipgun Well-Known Member

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    Well Done! Nice. I have not done flatbands per se that way, but I have done it with rubber bands. Chain 2 together and cut one side at the knot and instant taper. I've done it with 1 band for the loop and 2 others for the long bands. That set up wants heavier ammo than I usually shoot.
     
  6. VWscooby

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    Looking good! Not seen flatbands done that way before either.
     
  7. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    Looking good! Not seen flatbands done that way before either.
     
  8. Slagskimmer Mike

    Slagskimmer Mike thinks TBG smells better than roses

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    @MVD----oops! got my cms mixed up with my mms (i fixed the OP). 1600cm would be a remarkable draw lol.

    Thanks for the comments everyone:)
     
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  10. Brazilviking

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    Soooooo nice! A true masterpiece!