The Deadeye

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by CaptainBacon, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. CaptainBacon

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    I wanted to improve on my last frame by introducing some strength and durability to the construction. So naturally, I brought out my less than decent welder and went to work on a U-bolt. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=24&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0710.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>On the left is the initial sketch. On the right is the welded and painted fork. This structure was meant to be sandwiched between two slabs of wood to serve as the grip. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=25&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0711.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>Here we have the steel component glued into the roughed out wooden bits. The wood is Redheart and Ebony. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=26&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0712.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>After going to town with my rasps and files, the shape is cleaned up, and the form is defined. This shows the frame brought to 320 grit with sandpaper. I took it up to 600 for finishing. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=27&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0713.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>Here is the finished frame. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=28&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0714.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>At it's thickest, this frame is around 1 1/4" thick, making it very comfortable to grip. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=29&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0715.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>All banded up. I think the green is a nice contrast with the red. <br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=30&u=17228318" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/17/22/83/18/imag0716.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>I still plan on getting my hands on some micarta or G10 to make a solid frame in this style without having to weld anything, but this is just too nice a shooter to toss in the pile. I'll be "playing" with it for a great while.
     
  2. pipesmoker

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    wow Captain,u are a real artist!!!
     

  3. tokSick

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    Woaw one more piece of art you did there. Simply beautifull...can' tfind the words.
     
  4. JoergS

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    Really nice workmanship!
     
  5. CaptainBacon

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    Thanks, you guys! I feel extremely accomplished having gotten a thumbs up from the big guy in charge <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  6. porcelanowy

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    Hello<br>Wow, not very fond of side shooters but this got me thinking <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>Very nice. Some crazy color homemade micarta would probably do as well. You should try to make one. Not much of a problem <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>Cheers<br>Rafal
     
  7. cetuspa

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    Wow Captain!!<br><br>That is a beauty. How did you go about forming it to your hand? Any not so obvious tricks in that regard? Did you squeeze something first and then lay it out on the paper? Any tips would be appreciated.<br><br>Once again that is top notch, you should be very proud.<br><br>Paul G
     
  8. HonzaS

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    Wonderful! Very precise craftsmanship. This type of slingshot I also want to make. But I'm not sure if I can, in such high quality. Good work!
     
  9. CaptainBacon

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    Thank you all for the compliments! This really is my favorite frame to date. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>Porcelanowy, I've looked into making micarta, and it's not very difficult. Just layers of fabric saturated with fiberglass resin. The only downfall is that it's extremely messy to make and is a lot more difficult to cut, from what I've read. Maybe to continue the theme, I should try for some red and black again.<br><br>Cetuspa, It's been a combination of researching successful designs, as well as trial and error on my part. My home-mades have been getting more and more ergonomic as I've subtly changed things. As a tip, I can say that it helps to work with thicker material, as it allows for more contouring, and don't be afraid to exaggerate the roundness of everything. Take a look at some of Bill Hayes models at <a href="http://www.pocketpredator.com." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.pocketpredator.com.</a>
     
  10. Tobias

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    Hey, good Job!
     
  11. CaptainBacon

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    Absoloutely brillant design!
     
  13. CaptainBacon

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    I can hardly take credit for the ideas behind the design, as they've been worked out by many before me. All I've done is learn from what others have discovered and present it with worthwhile craftsmanship.
     
  14. Droolp1g

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    I have to admit this is a realy nice job i was thinking i want to see some steel added to this piece as i keep seeing the same design over and over you could say over kill but hey good effort.
     
  15. CaptainBacon

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    Thank you, Droolp1g. I must admit, I do make the majority of these slingshots for myself, and I prefer the side shooting style, so there probably wont be much design amendments. Why fix what isn't broken? I may be making a hammerhead in the future though, so look forward to that.
     
  16. ketansa

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    Very good art Captain,<br>Did you use electric machines for cutting and polishing?<br>Doesnt even suggest that it is sandwiched. <br>Feels natural and looks like the two metal parts have grown out of the wood by itself. Feels like looking at it more and more times. ))
     
  17. CaptainBacon

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    Ketansa, thank you. I use a bench top belt sander for flattening the material if it's been glued, a scroll saw for rough cutting the shape, and a series of drum sanding bits in my drill press to rough out the contours of the finger notches. I use sandpaper to bring it down to a finished surface, while periodically using a buffing wheel to show where I still have areas to work on. <br><br>If I had a good rasp set (I've only got a combo rasp and a few needle files), I would use those instead.
     
  18. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <div>WOW how did i miss this! amazing man. amazing~!</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  19. tokSick

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    I wonder the same man. How did YOU miss this? <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7">
     
  20. Jan84

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    WOW! it looks great! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">