Wood laminating question

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Splugen, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Splugen

    Splugen New Member

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    Hey guys, glad to be here. I'm working on my first slingshot, and I think I want my handle a little thicker than it currently is. Therefore, laminating is required. I have plenty of wood and stuff, and am aware of how to go about it, but what I don't know is what type of glue to use. What do you guys use that has success with being under the load of a slingshot? Thanks for the advice in advance. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     

  2. CaptainBacon

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    Splugen, use either gorilla wood glue or titebond wood glue. These glues create a stronger bond than the wood itself when proper adhesion is achieved. <br><br>Two part epoxy is also an option, although it is less simple than a wood specific glue.
     
  3. Splugen

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    Excellent! Sounds like I developed a classic case of "overthinking it". Good to know. Thanks for all the quick replies. I'm probably going to go glue it up today. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  4. CaptainBacon

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    Just make sure you spread the glue over the entire joint and apply ample pressure with a clamp while the glue dries.
     
  5. Splugen

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    So far, so good. The glue is dry and seems pretty well sturdy. Gonna give it overnight to bond all the way just to be careful. Hope it turns out ok. A LOT of the wood I just glued on is getting cut out. I just wanted a more rounded handle as opposed to a board-cut slingshot. But whatever, I'm just having fun and trying out woodworking stuff I haven't done before. If all goes wrong, I'm not going to be heartbroken over some random scraps left over from a kitchen remodel. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  6. CaptainBacon

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    The best way to learn wood working is to do it. Of course it doesn't hurt to hear a few tips and hints every now and again. <br><br>What kind of wood are you working with and how do you plan to finish it?
     
  7. Splugen

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    The main body is 3/4" oak plywood, and I used some 1/4" oak trim cutoffs to build up the handle so I can round it and make a palm swell. As for finish, probably just some lintseed oil or something really really simple like that, if anything. I like my wood on the au naturale side. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  8. CaptainBacon

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    Sounds good. Don't forget to post it in the homemades section when you've completed it.
     
  9. Splugen

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    I can do that. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  10. JoergS

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    I use fast hardening epoxy glue.
     
  11. Jonab Gama

    Jonab Gama Ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα

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    I use white glue, that is, glue used by kids in grade school (PVC resin), and high pressure. <br>White glue becomes transparent as glass after dried <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"> ; it is very cheap, non-toxic, extra strong, quick drying - very nice for wood.
     
  12. Splugen

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    I'm filing and rasping like crazy now, and the Gorilla Wood Glue is doing quite magnificent! I can't wait to see how this slingshot is going to turn out. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  13. Splugen

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    Hooooly sheep crap. I just got done with the final sanding, and it is pretty damn awesome! I still have to put a finish on it, but I couldn't resist throwing on some bands and giving it a quick test. It was my first time shooting a slingshot in probably around 20 years. As soon as my fingers let go of that pouch, I instantly learned two things:<br><br>1. My growing love for slingshots is now written in stone.<br><br>2. Having gone a little stronger than recommended because I used the band calculator but not actual theraband gold, I wound up punching a hole through multiple layers of cardboard with a marble. Now, I have a newfound thirst for MORE POWEEEER!<br><br>The satisfaction of having created this beautiful, powerful weapon/toy/tool is inexplicably incredible. It's not perfect by any means. There are a few file marks that never sanded all the way out and it's not amazingly even and symmetrical like Jorg's wooden beauties are. But let me tell you: first, it's pretty damn good, especially for my first try and not following a pattern, and second, it's mine, and I feel connected to every one of those file marks that turned those few pieces of wood from my cutoff bucket into the coolest slingshot I've ever played with. <br><br>I'm gonna de-band it and throw some oil or wax on it tomorrow, then I'll put up some pictures. I can't wait to show you guys this thing!<br><br>So, Jorg, if you read this, thank you. It was you and your crazy videos that brought me here, and I couldn't be more happy about it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  14. Karok01

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    Ryan has the ticket for easy to find glue that is useful in laminating (gorilla glue.) The stuff is great, just make sure you keep a tight clamp on it. Aside from that I'd say if this is your first boardcut, use a standard template, ant just cut it out and add bands. You can get to laminations (which seem to be a big deal) later on. Of course this depends on your tools. Cheers!<br>
     
  15. Splugen

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    I wound up using Gorilla brand wood glue, and it performed very, very well. I put on a lot, wiped up the excess, and kept it clamped tight for the duration of the cure period. I put the wood through the ringer with rasps, files, and sanding drums, and the laminated parts didn't budge at all <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">