Sculpted German Walnut

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by JoergS, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. JoergS

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    I have a very old walnut tree in my garden. It still gives us many walnuts, but it also has several dead limbs. So I took my trusted chain saw sword and cut one of them off.

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    It must have been dead for a looong time, bone dry and with lots of growth on the bark.

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    Stripped the bark of and applied the outlines - a narrowed version of the Hand Mortar design.

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    I cut the frame out and did the file- and sanding work.

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    The marrow was brittle, I removed it and filled the holes with epoxy+sawdust.

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    Here is the piece oiled and sanded (80 grit), awaiting the polyurethane coating (I always like to do that on pieces that are as old as this one).

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    Will post some pics from the final finish, as soon as the coatings are done.

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  2. kineticweaponry

    kineticweaponry Senior Member

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    Wow that is a really nice slingshot, i just love that design.
    but why would you sand it so rough, 80 is quite coarse?
     

  3. JoergS

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    If you apply polyurethane, you don't want to go any higher with the sandpaper. The rough sanding provides a larger surface for the liquid poly to cling to.

    The poly coating itself will later on (after the fourth layer) be sanded up to 1200 grit, and then polished. The end result will be a glass like finish that lasts pretty much forever.
     
  4. Will

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    A beautiful piece! I admit, I was ignorant of the German Walnut variety of tree, however it provides a very nice frame! Well done!
     
  5. Antraxx

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    Really nice Frame, i bet it will be a good Targetshooter.
    Do you really want to drill those holes or are they just part of the scatch?
     
  6. Schultz

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    Nice Slingshot, I´am lokking forward to the Finish :D
     
  7. JoergS

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    No holes planned. I used the Hand Mortar template, quickly changed the fork width with Paint, and then printed the new template.

    I don't shoot tubes much these days, so holes aren't needed.
     
  8. Otees

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    Nice slingshot as always. Can't wait top see it looking glassy and polished.
     
  9. kineticweaponry

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    thanks for the advice on the finishing the slingshots joerg, i will use this method in the future a lot
     
  10. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    allready looking very nice!
     
  11. JoergS

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    Poly finish has upsides and downsides.

    + Makes a frame totally watertight (it is yacht coating, really)
    + Can be polished to a glass like quality
    + Inexpensive (one bottle lasts forever)
    + Seals the wood, no more shrinking

    - Feels like plastic, not like wood
    - Not easy to apply
    - Time intensive (it takes three days, really)
    - Scratches or even flakes off when abused (= dropped to hard floor)

    All in all, I use it on softer or older wood. Otherwise, I prefer an oiled and polished finish.
     
  12. kineticweaponry

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    Well i have both linseed oil and polyurethane, but have yet to use linseed oil, how do you polish it, just with a rag? or do you need to use something aswell?
     
  13. Wanimator

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    It's very nice. I'll have to make a thread of the indian war club I just made.
     
  14. slingpit

    slingpit Slingshot addicted

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    Realy nice. But you made it from dead wood and brought it back to life.Is it a zombie slinghot?;)
    I like it very much.
     
  15. Wood is a naturaly material that is never dead!!!

    Joe
     
  16. Wanimator

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    Trees die, wood never dies. Termites just turn it into mulch. And it isn't wood then...
     
  17. slingpit

    slingpit Slingshot addicted

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    Humans are natural too.If they die and come back,what are they?:confused:
     
  18. Wood that is 100 years in a house is everytime working!

    Wood is never dead!

    Joe
     
  19. They are zombies!

    Joe