Score from the home improvement store

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  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    We made a run to a home improvement store yesterday and I convinced my wife to let me pick up some rasps and files and some flooring samples so I can finally try my hand at some wooden home mades.

    One of the samples is fairly thick, I think I'll turn that into a BB shooter. The thinner sample will become a PFS.

    The hard part will be coming up with a design that fits the samples.
     

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  2. beaverIII73

    beaverIII73 Junior Member

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    Gratz man can't wait to see your shooters
     

  3. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    Good stuff! Looking forward to seeing the results :)
     
  4. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    A lot of home depot/Lowe's samples have pressboard cores, if you use those be careful. Good find on the rasp set,
    been meaning to pick some up so I don't destroy my drums so quickly.
     
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    How can I tell if they have press board cores? I did pick these up at Home Depot.
     
  6. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    You will notice when you start cutting. The outside will just be a veneer. The last samples I got from the UK equivilant were solid, but tiny.
     
  7. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    great find! you can tell they have press board cores when you start to saw into them. you will see

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using Slingshot Forum mobile app
     
  8. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Also, if they are 'engineered' wood like Pergo, etc., you can be pretty much certain they are not solid wood. Unless your samples are 'real' wood flooring (usually more expensive), then you likely have an engineered product. Now, if you used these samples as scales laminated to a piece of regular wood, multiplex, aluminum or plastic, you may have something that would be strong enough to trust. I've been thinking about getting some samples to try for just that purpose.

    The rasps and files, very nice. I love mine.
     
  9. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    If they are press board I'll have to be on the lookout for some quality multiplex.
     
  10. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    Here's how you tell:
    picture 1 is solid you can see the grain when you look at the side. Most of the bamboo flooring samples you'll find are solid
    Picture 2 is ply flooring, for obvious reasons
    Picture 3 is press board, you can identify these by the solid cardboard color present under the veneer. (The press board is on the bottom, I used it to mix epoxy and then stuck it on another sample)
    Picture 4 is the flooring samples I have at home...
     

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  11. Flipgun

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    @kohlqez
    I have a sack full of those samples and make small shooters with them. I learned the hard way not to trust the bamboo samples without a sturdy inner core. But other than that, Jeremy, you can downsize almost any pattern to fit the wood and have a shooter that won't believe that it is small.
     
  12. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    I'll have to cut into them and see if they are viable for a slingshot.
     
  13. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    I've found that the "strand woven bamboo" is good
     
  14. Flipgun

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    "I've found that the "strand woven bamboo" is good."
    Good to know. Thanx.
     
  15. dolomite

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    Strand woven eucalyptus is boss too, looks more regal. Strand woven firewood is OK but not very pretty.
     
  16. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    I'm guessing top sample is solid wood and the thinner one is pressed board.
     

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