Stainless Steel.

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by JoergS, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    My wife hates it when I make a steel slingshot...<br><br>It is loud. It stinks. It is dirty.<br><br>Today, she was at the University, and I HAD to make a steel frame... it's been a long time. Steel<br> is so much more demanding. It takes a long time to "carve" the shape out of it, and the parts get very hot, too. But in the end, you get rewards galore. Unbreakable. Shiny. Hefty. Unique.<br><br>I made this one from a 12 mm and a 30 mm stainless steel rod, drilled the handle out for the fork and welded everything shut. The angle grinder got a lot to do.<br><br>I did not polish this to a high shine, just 80 grit - looks "business", and is not slippery at all. It has the low forks of the Howitzer, deadly effective.<br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%">
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  2. PandaMan

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    Looks great! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>I wish I had the equipment to do that... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14">
     

  3. Bill Hays

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    The good thing about steel, or even carving out of solid aluminum for that matter, is the finished product is almost always sized correctly.<br><br>It takes so long and so much effort that subtle shaping is very deliberate and a slip is just a scratch!
     
  4. R3dsnail

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    <br><br>It is loud. It stinks. It is dirty.<br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br><br>But there the best bits!!! great looking slingshot too.</span>
     
  5. Oldschool

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    My natural painted black accomplished this feat in half the time. And no pissed off wife!<img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  6. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Ugggg how am I ever gonna copy this one lol
     
  7. DukaThe

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    Realy nice slingshot <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Steel FTW
     
  8. Kyl

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    That's really cool, Joerg. It looks like a mini bomb or some kind of secret kung-fu weapon. Very "business" looking, like an "interpersonal persuader." Did you grind down the handle totally with the angle grinder? That's a lot of grinding! Do you have a lathe? Sometimes I chuck a piece in the drill press so I can grind it while it's spinning. <br>I'm pretty sure that this one is an artifact. In a couple of thousand years they're going to dig this up and ? really scratch their head. Ha! They will probably think it's a sex toy with handle bars. Ha!
     
  9. JoergS

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    Kyl, yes, I have a lathe. After I destroyed three lathe tools, I used the angle grinder on the spinning steel rod. That ate up the angle grinder disk quickly, but it did the job. <br><br>Then I had to spend hours to convert the totally rough and uneven surface into the smooth final result. Angle grinder, files, sand paper.
     
  10. Kyl

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    Stainless steel is so hard on tools, but rewarding. I like the angle grinder. It's a very manly tool. The smell & sparks. Rock on!