What kind of wood is this

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by tokSick, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Hi guys,<br>I found a cutted tree in the fields near by and took a piece of it. I want to make a slingshot of it( with only hand tools) but i don' t know what kind of wood it is. What i can tell is i' m rasping like crazy and it is really hard to do. Here are some pics.<br><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1r5ZZ9zWQq8/T-NzDpmCvSI/AAAAAAAAAYI/DWycFVIuYfY/s640/1.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-sKJmVhl7y-s/T-Ny_fZpJ2I/AAAAAAAAAX8/55b6gjoSieg/s512/2.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NrPzBmsFpVw/T-Ny7zKjZWI/AAAAAAAAAXw/Ui55w1iY-Co/s512/3.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-JbMjfHwxne0/T-Ny4a2tFnI/AAAAAAAAAXk/lfue4_Uk3Ko/s512/4.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  2. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    the bark looks like beech, what shape are the leaves? this would give a better indication.
     

  3. Courier

    Courier Senior Member

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    The shape looks very cool!<br>Sorry don't know which kind of wood it is, but Joerg used it too.
     
  4. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>onnod wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">the bark looks like beech, what shape are the leaves? this would give a better indication.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>There was no leaves on it so i can' t tell or show.</span>
     
  5. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Courier wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">The shape looks very cool!<br>Sorry don't know which kind of wood it is, but Joerg used it too.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Thanks mate. It will be way better if every thing goes ok in the making of. It is inspired by Joerg( of course) and onnod.</span>
     
  6. cbsmith111

    cbsmith111 New Member

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    Some kind of maple? If I saw the whole tree I might know. I'm not good at identifying the wood itself.
     
  7. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    The tree was down, no branches, no leaves. I really know nothing about woods, i ask just to know if it is a strong one to have an idea on what kind of bands i gonna use.
     
  8. Artifex

    Artifex New Member

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    I'm going to say Beech, but I'm in the States. Is that also a common wood in Belgium?
     
  9. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    <tr><td class="quote">I'm going to say Beech, but I'm in the States. Is that also a common wood in Belgium?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Yes, it is a common wood here too from what i have read on the net. If it is Beech, do you know if that kind of wood is hard enough to support strong bands?<br>Thank you all for you help.</span>
     
  10. Artifex

    Artifex New Member

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    <span class="postbody"><br>Yes, it is a common wood here too from what i have read on the net. If it is Beech, do you know it that kind of wood is hard enough to support strong bands?<br>Thank you all for you help.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I believe that it should, with the design that you're using. <br>I'm new to slingshots, but I'm an old hat at wood working. What you typically look for in a strong wood is a tight grain, indicating a slow growth species. Next time you're at a lumber yard, compare pine lumber and something like red oak. You'll see that the oak's grain is much tighter, representing less growth per year. Pine is fast growth with a wide grain and is fine for building lumber, but god help you if you make a slingshot out of it. <br>Even though the beech is relatively fast growth, I've carved other things out of it before without much trouble. You should be fine as long as you don't try to get the forks too thin. The design you have there also has a decent depth, which should decrease the flex you might get from a light wood.</span>
     
  11. ketansa

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    .<br>..<br>...<br>Toksick, according to this <a href="http://www.johnswoodcraft.com/wood_samples.htm" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page</a> , the wood should be Birds Eye Maple.<br>Or look at this <a href="http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/indextotal.htm" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page</a> <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_surprised.gif" alt="Surprised" longdesc="4"> , and brouse through hundreds of names and photos of the wood samples. <br>...<br>..<br>.<br><a href="http://www.johnswoodcraft.com/wood_samples.htm" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>
     
  12. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    if you looks at the bark, Birdseye maple has a different bark
     
  13. JoergS

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    I think this may be European Dogwood (cornus sanguinea).<br><br>I use it a lot, the hardest wood you can find in Europe. The piece you have is probably the thickest part of the trunk, as dogwood is a large bush (three meters maximum) rather than a full blown tree.<br><br>EDIT: If this is dogwood, then sawing the slingshot out with a handsaw was one heck of a job <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  14. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    joerg, you may be right you know, either dogwood or beech, and they are both very good for slingshots
     
  15. tokSick

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    <tr><td class="quote">I think this may be European Dogwood (cornus sanguinea).<br><br>I use it a lot, the hardest wood you can find in Europe. The piece you have is probably the thickest part of the trunk, as dogwood is a large bush (three meters maximum) rather than a full blown tree.<br><br>EDIT: If this is dogwood, then sawing the slingshot out with a handsaw was one heck of a job <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
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    <span class="postbody"><br>You' re right, it took me forever until i had the cental piece i needed for the slingshot. I was carving and rasping for five hours( split in three days) to get the result you can see above. And it is far from finnished. If everything goes ok, i will name it PITA because it is really a <u>P</u>ain <u>I</u>n <u>T</u>he <u>A</u>** to make this one.<br>Anyway, thank you all for your help now it will be easier for me to make some google searching.</span>
     
  16. cbsmith111

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    Does a European Dogwood differ in appearance from one you would find in North America?
     
  17. Antraxx

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>tokSick wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Hi guys,<br>I found a cutted tree in the fields near by and took a piece of it.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>i hope that tree lay there for a while...if it´s really fres you may face some problems when it gets dry.<br>i hope it will not crack because you already shaped it...best luck, the shape looks very promising atm <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"></span>
     
  18. tokSick

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    cbsmith111:<br>I really don' t know, i am gonna go back where i found it and take a picture of the other tree there. I think they are the same that the one i found.<br><br>Antaxx:<br>I took that piece 2 or 3 month ago, let it dry some weeks, cutted the part i needed and left it dry on the electric radiator for 2 days. I started to work on it 5 days ago. I think it wont crack, but i am not sure. As i said my knowledge about wood is equal to my knowledge about metaphysic, i mean 0.
     
  19. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    i think you shouldn't worry that much, if it has been on the radiator and it hasn't cracked it isn't likely to do it afterwards
     
  20. Antraxx

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    AH ok, thats good, if the days on the radiator did not damage it...you will be lucky i guess <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">