the Fly-killer

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by CEZ, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. CEZ

    CEZ New Member

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    This is my first attempt at a slingshot so don't laugh if it's ridiculous/microscopic/not very symmetrical obviously/covered in my blood <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> I wanted it to fit in the pocket. <br>It's hazelnut wood, proved to be real tuff stuff, I couldn't bend the fork no way! <br>Dunno what kind of finish it's going to get, any suggestions? (I don't know the first thing about carpentry)<br><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-110.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-111.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-112.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br>Cheers
     
  2. JoergS

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    Looks like a cool fork!<br><br>Use the file to smoothen the surface, then sandpaper. Start with the coarse type (80 grit or so), then go finer. Finish with 1000 grit or higher. Then, you may oil it with linseed oil (supermarket). <br><br>You can also stain it, but proper staining takes practice or it will look uneven. Therefore, I recommend oiling it since it is your first slingshot.<br><br>Good luck!
     

  3. CEZ

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    Thanks, I have linseed oil here, just dunk it in? No polyurethane or other coating needed? <br>I also saw John throwing his in the oven for almost an hour first, is that a good idea?
     
  4. Cuthbert Allgood

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    looks really awesome for your first attempt. once you file and sandpaper it, all those microscopic asymmetrical lines will smooth out. you did a really fine job, so it wont take much elbow grease to even it out.<br>You can do a few dunks of oil, or wipe on few coats of oil until it stops absorbing it. wipe it dry and then you can still poly it if you want. then polish it up.<br>I wouldn't throw it in the oven because its really tricky to do right. <br><br>What I did on a recent natural is once it was sanded to 320 i rubbed hot wet tea bags all over, and wet sanded some more at 320 and then 400. let dry and repeated a few times. this brought out the grain in a beautiful way. <br>once dried for another day, i began oiling it.<br><br>Also, a superglue finish over oil looks amazing. It polishes very good and is hard as rock. great protection finish.<br>
     
  5. CEZ

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    <img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-113.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-116.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-115.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-117.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br>Thera band black has just arrived in my mail, time to finish this puppy!<br><br><br>I have slimmed it down even more as you can see, also lowered the forks even more so now it just barely sticks out of my hand. Feels comfortable though.<br>I have even managed to make it symmetrical (not by purpose:). As with most my models I had no idea where this was heading but I'm liking the shape by now.<br><br><br>Thanks for the tea-tip, I have also bought superglue and a paintbrush, should look cool!<br>What do you think?<br><br><br>Cheers
     
  6. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Very nice and small <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Joerg is the master of slingshots, any advice he gives is gold, and will make your slingshot gold <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>I dunno about the superglue finish... superglue is bad for you... I dont want prolonged contact with it personally. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14">
     
  7. CEZ

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    And it is done! I like it. It was stained with tea a couple of times but didn't catch the colour very much(crappy tea I guess:), linseed oil worked great though!<br>It's still pretty matte, will it hold this beautiful colour long or should I look for some wood conservation stuff?<br>Cheers<br><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=14&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-118.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=15&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-119.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=16&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-120.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=17&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-121.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=18&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-122.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a>
     
  8. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    Love the looks of that thing!
     
  9. porcelanowy

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    Yellow <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>Usually it gets a bit darker with the time <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Linseed oil is a good stuff. It polymerizes in contact with air and sun so after a few times of applying/drying it preserves wood good enough so you don&rsquo;t have to use any poly or superglue coatings. Wood stays&hellip; woodish, naturals more natural, blablabla <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"><br>Niece shooter by the way <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Blood, sweat and tears &ndash; just how it should be <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br>Cheers<br>Rafal
     
  10. CEZ

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    Dzieki:)<br>Took a couple of shots with it today, not very accurate or I'm just a really bad shooter:p <br>I got a few handslaps so I put on gloves which turned out to be a terrible idea, I had tree residue on them I guess and now the slingshot is all green : /<br>Don't really want to sand and stain and coat it again, any ideas?<br><br><br>Cheers
     
  11. Cuthbert Allgood

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Ryan Wigglesworth wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Very nice and small <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Joerg is the master of slingshots, any advice he gives is gold, and will make your slingshot gold <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>I dunno about the superglue finish... superglue is bad for you... I dont want prolonged contact with it personally. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>superglue is bad for you, but it doesnt take much to finish a slingshot with it. I have only tried a few finishes (two kinds of polyurethane , japanese wood sword oil (some kind of polymerized oil), olive oil, tea, ) but I have found the superglue to be the fastest curing , and hardest of the finishes. It polishes up incredibly well. Its definitely worth the tiny bit of contact with super glue. Always wear a mask =)</span>
     
  12. CEZ

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    I'll try it, thanks.<br>How do you polish that stuff?<br><br><br>Cheers
     
  13. Cuthbert Allgood

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    first you rub it all over the slingshot.. i use a thin superglue from the dollar store.. <br>once its covered, let it dry for a minute, then i start with a 120 sandpaper with a light touch, and take out the major imperfections.. then 150 grit, 220 , 320 and 400. i finish with super fine steel wool. thats it. I can do all that in under 30 mins if I hustled.
     
  14. CEZ

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    <a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=21&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-125.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=24&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-126.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br>I think I'm done with this one, Thera band gold just came in the mail, think it's time to get stupid with it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br><br>BJ, you were right, paper does a good job at polishing, especially toilet paper! Only it has to be attached to a Dremel like this <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=23&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/tptp11.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a>
     
  15. CEZ

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    <a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=25&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-127.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=26&u=16959850" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/95/98/50/2011-128.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br>Banded up with 2 layers of extremely tapered TBG, honestly I didn't expect it smells so nice:D<br>I'm quite happy with this for the moment, it's my first slingshot and if it doesn't take my eye out I may even call it a success! I probably would even if it did.<br>The band dimensions are 3.13cm ->1.25cm/18.33cm long, the most powerful settings from the calculator for 13mm lead balls that I have.<br>I should probably do another set since they probably won't last very long.<br>Can't wait to take this motherfucker out!<br><br><br>Cheers