Sleek oak natural and alternative pouch material

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by andreas, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. andreas

    andreas New Member

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    This one started as a ordinary looking natural. But after a lot of shaving it turned out much sleeker. Although it looks edgy, it fits the hand rather well. It took a lot of work because the wood was pretty hard. I just found the stick in the bushes, and didn´t take notice of what sort of trees stood there, but I guess it was oak. It is finished with blank shoe polish. That´s les weird than it sounds, because shoe polish is just wax with pigment. It makes the wood waterproof and shiny.<br><br>The rubbers are just regular postal elastics. <br><br><br><img src="http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yQbBE7yctDY/Tsk1en2Bo6I/AAAAAAAAACE/v4MgbCM5eok/s640/DSC01578%2Bsmall.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5nGJ3w1Uieo/Tsk--Onp4LI/AAAAAAAAACM/gZ1wIdmAkOM/s606/DSC01586%2Bsmal.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-PBkCNXyRXus/Tsk--Etu1TI/AAAAAAAAACQ/e5c4bbn1aj0/s573/DSC01588%2Bsmall.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>I only recently got a small piece of leather, which I could cut into pieces whitout destroying something. So I usually use denim pouches. It is made of 2 layers of fabric glued together with contact adhesive. I first tried a single layer, but that´s not durable. Two layers works perfect because the glue prevents raffles and it´s stronger.<br><br><img src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-crfA41y74Rg/Tsk1dRwnBOI/AAAAAAAAAB8/9nOM2BcPS5I/s512/DSC01581%2Bsmall.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  2. CEZ

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    Hi, it looks great, how's it shoot? <br>I have destroyed a pair of my military shoes for leather which I'm starting to regret now so that's really not a bad idea. Any handslaps/accuracy difference you have noticed with that material?
     

  3. andreas

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    You won´t get your shoes back by cutting up a pair of jeans <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>I think it shoots good, the double layers feel solid and strong. Contact adhesive is made with rubber, so it stays flexible and it's pretty durable. Although I don't know what happens after shooting for a long period. I enjoy making the slingshots, but don´t shoot that much. For that reason I also can't say much about accuracy. <br>But I noticed that leather gives you a better grip on the balls, because denim is smoother. You can see I solved that problem in the lowest pouch.<br><br>For some reason I never had handslaps (except from my mother). Must have something to do with the flip of the wrist (or the fact that the days that wearing jeans was an act of rebelion against your parents are long gone)
     
  4. JoergS

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    Andreas, I just love the look of that frame! Seriously. <br><br>Also, great idea with the shoe shine. Will try it for sure!
     
  5. andreas

    andreas New Member

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    You can also try coloured shoe polish, the wood grain will still be visible. The really fat one in the last picture is done with white. <br>But beware that when you use coloured wax. It must be sanded very well, because the pigment will collect in irregularities. I noticed that is also the reason that really solid wood like the oak, will not gain much colour. An open structure absorbs the wax with the colour better.
     
  6. porcelanowy

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    Yellow <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>The curves on that frame look very stylish <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Neat and slick. Bravo for that.<br><br>You can heat up the frame and wax/shoe polish before and during applying it on the wood. Usually it soaks a better even if you use just a hairdryer <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>Cheers<br>Rafal
     
  7. CEZ

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    Would that work with plywood?
     
  8. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Nice man, it looks sorta skinny in the top pick <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_question.gif" alt="Question" longdesc="17"><br><br><br>also, let us know how many shots you can get out of a glued jean pouch <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
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  10. andreas

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    Thanks for all the good words. <br>@Ryan, it's only skinny on one side the third side shows the other side, so I'm scared of breaking. That flat side twists around the arms to the back where they create a flat side for the bands also visible in the third picture. I'm affraid I can't tell you how durable the pouches are. They feel strong for quit some time now, but I live in a city so I scarcely shoot.<br>@cez I guess it could work on plywood. Not that I tried it, but plywood is also wood, so why not.
     
  11. andreas

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    Hello, here I am again. I can consider myself a lucky person. Guess what I saved from the trashcan today. A very old postal bicyclebag, which can't be used for the bicycle anymore. But the good news is that it's that old it's made fron leather, while the bags are made from sythetic material for a long time now. This leather is great, it's tough and RED. It's réally red, impregnated inside and outside. Look at the metal studs at the bottom, I'd better not use those parts <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> or the handslaps break my fingers.<br><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h365/turbohenk/DSC01603.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>Apart from that. It's now that I see that the first lines of my previous post don't make sense. What I ment was: It's only skinny on one side, the third PICTURE shows the other side. So I'm NOT scared of breaking.<br><br><br>Now all I have to do is wait untill I find a roll of theraband gold in a trashcontainer <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
     
  12. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    O boy , damn what a nice find man, holy crap ! I think you would have to look through a physiotherapy centers garbage to find thera band though <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9">
     
  13. Rapier

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    Bloody terrific and stylish catty. It's amasing what comes out when your filing and sanding. I find often it's better than what you had in mind befor you started... Great job and I'd be very proud of this one
     
  14. Droolp1g

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    A nice lil bunch and yes i also use shoe polish too you spend hours grinding the little blighters down and smoothing and just when you think your finished foot polish instantly recognises marks that where not there before wink wink. Brill looking pieces my friend.