Suitable wood for natural

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by RRRsdragger, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. RRRsdragger

    RRRsdragger New Member

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    Hi there
    Well, while waiting for my Rambone to arrive, due to unforeseen circumstances, I decided to have a wander around the grounds at work to see what would I could find.
    I found a couple of pieces of hazel does anyone know if this would be suitable.
    Here's hoping
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  2. RRRsdragger

    RRRsdragger New Member

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    maybe pics would help
     

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  3. Triphammer

    Triphammer New Member

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  4. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    Yep, It's good to go! Have fun with it.
     
  5. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Do it!

    But you must NOT
    use the knife
    to work
    on a beach-fork!

    ;)

    Be
     
  6. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Ahhh, I forgot about the aforementioned 'Beach Forks' Be, thanks for that kind reminder :)
     
  7. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    I believe hazel trees produce nuts which would make them a fruit tree, technically speaking, and because most fruit trees make good slingshots I would bet that they would work fine. Not sure if you guys follow the logic there or not but there's a little insight into my mind.
    Also dragger it's a lot easier to find wood that would work than it is to find wood that won't. The only trees that I have heard might be deceiving in this are basswood and eucalyptus. But I'm sure there are others so its probably best to always.
     
  8. Achso_42

    Achso_42 Senior Member

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    Hazel does not really grow in trees, anyway, it's possible to build 80lb bows from hazel so it should work as a slingshot.
     
  9. RRRsdragger

    RRRsdragger New Member

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    Apologies all, Triphammer was correct it is Birch not hazel but what the heck I've started carving now
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  10. RRRsdragger

    RRRsdragger New Member

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    This slingshot making isn't as easy as you all make it look.
    I've started carve the fork after stripping the bark trying to carve as much as possible before I use the rasp and sandpaper. Next step the grip
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  11. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    That's gonna be a sweet ergo for sideway shootin.
     
  12. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Yep, that's looking good. I don't think anyone said it's easy, but part of the fun is the challenge of finding the perfect slingshot hidden in that fork. Looks like your on your way to finding it. I agree with Dolo, looking at that fork, I would be making it into a side shooter myself.
     
  13. RRRsdragger

    RRRsdragger New Member

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    Side shot it is then. I can't do anymore with the knife so should I dry it next?
     

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  14. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    why not?
    i carved this with a knife out of beech...

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    you have both hazel bush and hazel trees... both ar usable for slingz no problem
     
  15. Tilia

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    if you happy with the carving then i would sand it and either boil it first in salt water and sand it again before sealing it with oil, or just sand it now and seal it
     
  16. RRRsdragger

    RRRsdragger New Member

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    So, does boiling in salt water stop it from cracking?
     
  17. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    it will help to prevent the cracking, and makes it dry faster with less risk.. its not a guarantee
    if you boil it and let it dry for half a day before sanding it and oiling it it should be fine
     
  18. RRRsdragger

    RRRsdragger New Member

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    I'll try boiling it when I get home from work :)
     
  19. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    I'm curious, I may try this with a fork myself. What kind of ratio of water to salt do you use? Metric is fine, I can work with that ;) Is it something like .5kg salt to 4 liters of water? Or is that way off?
     
  20. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    im not the kind of guy that measures things... i just eyeball it
    i put in a lot of salt but it is still all taken in by the water...
    lets say half a cup of salt on a 2,5 liter pan filled halfway...
    let it boil softly for a hour, maybe two