Swiss Army Knife Natural with Braided Bands

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by toxophool, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. toxophool

    toxophool New Member

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    OK, so I was wondering what I might be able to make using nothing but my new Swiss army knife, from harvesting to completion. I also was wanting to play around a bit with braided/chained bands. Both fall under the theme of a SHTF scenario, i.e. scrounge a natural fork, a bit of leather, and some common rubber bands and with naught but the swiss army knife, fabricate a slingshot. <br><br>Anyway, here's what I ended up with (unfortunately, one of the fork tips split a bit when baking in the oven, so I won't be shooting this one much, but it was an interesting experiment...)<br><br>Both the wood and the bands were given a coat of natural beeswax. In the case of the bands, it should minimize friction between the individual rubber bands.<br><br><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-yDd4Pav6wOk/Ttp48MUGt-I/AAAAAAAARBs/cpGh4_GlwWQ/s640/2011-12-03-094.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://images.alloutdoor.co.uk/1/1250516812_2073.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
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    Bender New Member

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    kinda Hippie! love it how does it shoot how does the bands react?
     

  3. toxophool

    toxophool New Member

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Bender wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">kinda Hippie! love it how does it shoot how does the bands react?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>The braided bands are very smooth, but in this particular case they came out a bit too light. The rubber bands I used were just some that I had gathering dust in a closet, and are too thin, requiring too many per set and it gets a bit cumbersome to braid them. I used three sets of 2+2+3 per side, and then braided each side. Probably 3+3+4 would have been better, given these particular bands, but 12 loops are a bit much to pull through the fork holes. The problem here is simply the weak bands. Stronger bands and/or larger bands would provide for fewer per side and more managable braids.<br><br>I've got some Alliance Sterling 117B's on order that I plan to braid three per side, uncut, which should have a tiny bit more pull than cut 107's but provide the safety factor of the redundant bands. And the longevity of the Alliance Sterling bands is very good, from what I hear.<br><br>We'll see...</span>