The Mirobolam and the Sunburned

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by nottoyslingshots, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. nottoyslingshots

    nottoyslingshots Natural Slingshots Enthusiast

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    Hello guys, I have seen some of your works posted here and I have to say that I felt so small ever since. Anyway I'd like to show you two of my slingshots made last week, I'm new to this universe, I started to make slingshots last month.

    The first one is the Mirobolam, made of course from a mirobolam tree fork, I know you might think that it won't be sturdy enough but the mirobolam tree is stronger than it's domestic cousin, the plum tree, which is also stronger than the oak tree (www.wood-database.com facts)

    For the next one I don't really know the specie, but it's a hardwood, pale color, but, once stained it could gain some nice patterns. Anyway, as I was sanding it, some really small brown knots came to the surface grouped together 3, 4 or 5 per group. I really liked it and decided to use those patterns to give the catapult character, I used a magnifying glass on a sunny day and burned the hell out of it, I think it came out really well. As you can see it's meant for side shooting.
     

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  2. Whittler

    Whittler New Member

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    Well done! Very nice work.
     

  3. jasonmusic1

    jasonmusic1 Member

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    Looks great man. I love the burned spots!
     
  4. Will

    Will Thread Hijacker

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    Very creative with the burned spots!
    Both look excellent, but the mirobolam is my favorite of the two. I know it will be plenty strong, fruit tree wood is amazingly solid stuff.
    A great start for you! Welcome to the forum!
     
  5. nottoyslingshots

    nottoyslingshots Natural Slingshots Enthusiast

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    The Mirobolam one is my favourite too.
    Now that the autumn is here my father's plum tree orchard needs some trimming, and guess who's going to do that just so that he could keep all the good forks. :D
     
  6. Nelson

    Nelson New Member

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    super nice !!!!!!!!! Looks great
     
  7. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Hey! A Dalmatian slingshot! Both look great!

    -Wild Bill
     
  8. bigdh2000

    bigdh2000 Administrator

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    Excellent work. Even better is that you have an endless supply of natural forks. You should trade some of the natural forks from the plum trees for other things.
     
  9. Jeb

    Jeb Baba Hunter

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    Beautiful slingshots. Really like the spots.
     
  10. Flipgun

    Flipgun Well-Known Member

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    Nicely done! A very promising start.
     
  11. Slagskimmer Mike

    Slagskimmer Mike thinks TBG smells better than roses

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    Well done, nottoy.
    The glossy finish suits them well. What did you use on them?

    Sounds like a sweet arrangement with the plum trees. Remember to leave extra wood on all three ends when you cut, and paint or otherwise seal them. This will minimize cracks while it dries.
     
  12. Drew_Bilbrey

    Drew_Bilbrey Drew Bilbrey

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    Both excellent looking shooters. Great job and welcome to the forum.
     
  13. nottoyslingshots

    nottoyslingshots Natural Slingshots Enthusiast

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    I give them a few coats of floor laquer. Belive me, it's a pain in the ass to do that only with a brush, it's hard to get that gloss.
    I was thinking recently that I should buy some laquer spray, just for the final layer.
     
  14. JimRhodo

    JimRhodo Junior Member

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    Beat me to it Bill.
     
  15. bigdh2000

    bigdh2000 Administrator

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    I use spray lacquer when I want a high gloss finish like you have.
     
  16. TheNewSlingshotGuy

    TheNewSlingshotGuy AKA- "The Raccoon"

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    I have a reeeeelly HARD time believing you've only been doing this for a month. :)
     
  17. nottoyslingshots

    nottoyslingshots Natural Slingshots Enthusiast

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    Thank you for the compliment... if it was ment to be a compliment :D
     
  18. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    Nice job, especially on the second one. I'd love to be able to do that, unfortunately I have the hands of a Parkinson's patient, but I don't actually have Parkinson's
     
  19. nottoyslingshots

    nottoyslingshots Natural Slingshots Enthusiast

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    You could also use a soldering iron to make the spots... I think it'll give you a little more control. I used the magnifying glass because it was natural and fun.