Wood Structure

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Achso_42, May 7, 2012.

  1. Achso_42

    Achso_42 Senior Member

    Hey Guys<br><br>I'm working on some natural slingshots and wanted to highlight the natural structure of the wood.<br>Can I use oil ur is there any pther trick?<br><br>Thanks
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

    <div>Mineral oil is what most of the guys use to bring out the grain ,or a combo of linseed and mineral oil... Hope some1 else posts cause I have not much experience with this.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  3. TreStates

    TreStates New Member

    what about just staining it then 2 or 3 even coats of poly?
  4. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

    i think there was something with oil... but i don't know what
  5. Werdna8

    Werdna8 New Member

    I have very little experience outside of linseed oil but have been doing lots of research for a project I'm about to start. Stain is usualy made from a base a binder and pigment. The base is often mineral oil the binder holds the pigment to the wood. Some have sealers as well to block water absorption. Think something you would put on a deck. I would suggest going to the store and buying either mineral oil or a stain with light color and a polyurethane based spar varnish. The spar varnish will water proof your slingshot and offers some protection against UV damage that regular varnish won't.
  6. softgoat

    softgoat New Member

    I like Boiled Linseed oil for the Darker woods. Also I tend to reserve this for small pieces since to get a great shine it will take many coats and lots of rubbing. I had some great results a few years ago when working on some small dark walnut pieces.
  7. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

    I use ink to bring out the grain.<br><br>Document grade ink is made to stain wooden fibres (paper is made out of wood, too), and to withstand time, humidity and sunlight. It is soaked up by the wood, but not uniformly. The softer parts of the wood soak up more ink, and the direction of the fibres is also important. <br><br>Ink therefore is ideal to bring out the differences in the wooden structure.<br><br>What you need to do is to find out the right concentration of the ink. Pure ink usually is too much, you need to add some water to it. Take a piece of the wood you want to make your slingshot from, polish it and apply various solutions, then choose the one you like the most.<br><br>Remember that you should wet your fork before the inking, and resand. This wetting will raise the fibres that you will have flattened with the tools and the coarse sand paper. <br><br>Then apply the ink and let it dry completely. Resand with fine grit sand paper. Then use car chrome polish and a soft rag. This will remove the dust and also unsoaked ink. <br><br>Afterwards, you can apply clear oil (linseed works but it adds a bit of yellow), for protection against the elements. <br><br>Inking will show grain even in otherwise pale and bland wood. It also comes in many colors.