Wookie Ball Caster w/ hand-guard

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Kyl, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Kyl

    Kyl New Member

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    After seeing Tobias' post about his heavy metal hammer gripper and his video of shooting the big balls through that wood panel, I knew I had to build one. I wanted mine to be heavy and modular. I wanted to be able to remove the hand guard or swap forks or adjust them higher or lower. Here is the Wookie Ball Caster with the hand guard attached. After I put on the ball ends, I thought it reminded me of Chewbacca's Bow-caster. Raowr!<br><img src="http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/6117/balldasher1.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/1165/balldasher2.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/9813/balldasher3.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>Here it is all taken apart.<br><img src="http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/5702/balldasher4.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>The central bolt is a 5/16" carriage bolt with a modified head (super low profile). The handle is a piece of Sambar stag. The fork strut is a piece of hard yellow brass that was salvaged from an old wooden sail boat. The hand guard is 1/8" aluminum plate. The fork end holes are drilled and tapped to 1/4" x 20 tpi. The ball shaped fork ends are a couple of steel knobs, 15/16" (24mm) Diameter. The big brass bushing and stainless washer at the pommel are for looping a wrist strap over. A sort of flexible wrist brace. Plus Stainless steel eyes for Chinese style bands. Total weight with ball ends and hand-guard is 1 lb. 3 oz. (540 g)<br>Here it is with the hand-guard removed and the eye bolts in place.<br><img src="http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/6290/balldasher5.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/2430/balldasher6.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3276/balldasher7.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>Here are a couple of pics with the ball ends sans hand-guard.<br><img src="http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/1383/balldasher8.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/3204/balldasher9.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>I can even get my stubby fingers around the balls for some finger support style. Throat = 2, 1/4" (57mm) between the forks (balls).<br>I have a selection of big steel balls that I collected to shoot from a giant air cannon. The ball end forks are about 25mm high, so I should be able to shoot balls up to size 41mm? Maybe larger with higher eye-bolt fork ends? Whaa Hoo!<br><img src="http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7602/mybigballs.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>Today I will be cutting out a butterfly band set, as per Tobias's instruction. L=29cm, FE=3.5cm, PE=2.5cm. <br>Thanks Tobias, Rock on.
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Holy crap that thing looks nice!<br><br>I wonder how many slingshots you have Kyl?
     

  3. Tobias

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    WOW! kyl, you made a good job! i like the slingshot.<br>you have realy BIG ammo! will be interesting how it work, your hand is well protectet you can go to the limit :)<br><br>you ever see this video? without sound because of the music and YT ....<br>this band are stronger but first start with the band i recomend you!<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uzNMvlfBvo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uzNMvlfBvo</a>
     
  4. Bill Hays

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    Very neat looking. New, old and in between all in one frame!
     
  5. JoergS

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    Nice! Love that thing.
     
  6. R3dsnail

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    looks awsome kind of like a steam punk stun gun
     
  7. Oldschool

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    Wow that's fuckin' awesome! Cheers to you!
     
  8. Kyl

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    Thanks guys, this one turned out well. It feels good in the hand with a nice balance, like a sword hilt. I banded it up as per Tobias. I've been shooting the white 22mm balls. Very accurate! Yeah! These balls are destroying my cardboard bullet trap. I love Destroy! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>I'm going to keep shooting these bands, with the big balls, for practice but I would like to try my hand at full butterfly style. I would like recommendations for a light-weight butterfly band-set. One layer of TB gold or black with a 45" (115mm) draw to shoot glass marbles. <br>I like your video Tobias. Nice hanging chrony. How many times have you hit it? Sweet Milbro-Howitzer. That's a very nice dungeon (wine cellar?) you have to shoot in. You could probably shoot pistols in there and nobody would know. I used to live in an old house, down town, with a basement that looked just like that. I would shoot my .22 LR pistols in there. Out on the street it sounded like someone popping a balloon. Ha! I would be very interested in the dimensions of that triple band-set you use?<br>Hey Ryan, I have 11 slingshots. Nine of them I have made since the 10th of September when I started watching Joerg's Videos and following this forum. Cheers to all & thanks
     
  9. Flippinout

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    Kyl,<br><br>That is awesome. You will have to come by the shop and shoot the next time you are in town. I wanna see this thing, you did a great job!
     
  10. epichawk

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    Lol "Wookie ball caster" XD
     
  11. Tobias

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    @ Kyl, the cellar is more than 300 year old and i live in the house above!<br><br>you need the fistgrip to shoot this bands, its my invention, with this grip have you more power for those stong bands!<br><br>the triple bandset is 28mm*18mm*290mm for full butterfly.<br><br>you can use wrist brace in your country? maybe you have to enlage the Handprotector to a wrist brace for the strong triple layer bands.<br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=23&u=16906761" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i40.servimg.com/u/f40/16/90/67/61/faustg10.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=24&u=16906761" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i40.servimg.com/u/f40/16/90/67/61/faustg11.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a>
     
  12. Kyl

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    Thanks Tobias, I have been shooting the ( L=29cm, FE=3.5cm, PE=2.5cm) band set. I have a new respect for the Big Ball Butterfly shooting. After about 50 shots I had a fork hit, CRACK! the 22mm steel ball went flying off at a crazy angle. Another sad ball lost in the forest. Oh well. The worst part is that the 22mm ball pinched the band against the fork and made 4 pairs of holes. Eight fucking holes from one hit. Sigh.<br><img src="http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/3373/forkhit.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br>I will make a set of triple butterfly bands but I am afraid to shoot them until I can prefect my butterfly form. I will start out practicing with a single band set. I like your Fistgrip release. I will certainly give this a try. <br><br>I have thought about adding a wrist brace to the hand guard. It would have to help.<br><br>I was wondering how you measure the draw weight of a slingshot. I have this jig I use to measure a bow.<br><img src="http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/5276/bowweightjig1.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br>I made this one below for slingshots. It is 67" (1.7m) long but I haven't made the frame holding cradle yet. Is there a standard way to do this?<br><img src="http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/7984/bowweightjig3.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br>I watched your video for the Pocketpredator contest. That's some pretty fancy shooting. Great accuracy! Thanks again & Cheers
     
  13. Tobias

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    since you've had a lot of adventures with the big balls <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28"><br>sounds like a fun day <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>the strong bands in butterfly is a litle bit dangerous.<br><br>for the draw weight is the best you use a device like this:<br><br><br><a href="http://www.ebay.de/itm/Digital-Kofferwaage-Handwaage-Hangewaage-Waage-40kg-10g-/260817978203?pt=Metzgereiausstattung&hash=item3cb9f6835b" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.de/itm/Digital-Kofferwaage-Handwaage-Hangewaage-Waage-40kg-10g-/260817978203?pt=Metzgereiausstattung&hash=item3cb9f6835b</a><br><br>put the slingshot on the ground an step with your foot on the slingshot,<br>in one hand you hold the libra and in the other a meter rod and now you simpy lift the libra and take a look on the display. note, for strong bands make sure you stand good on the slingshot!
     
  14. Kyl

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    Hell yea!<br><br>I think I have one of those for weighing luggage.<br><br>Thanks again.
     
  15. Cuthbert Allgood

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    that thing is amazing. i agree that it looks like some kind of steam punk stun gun.<br>do you make videos, kyl? id love to see you shoot your stuff
     
  16. Kyl

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    Thanks bj000, <br>I have one vid on YouTube. I definitely need to make some slingshot videos. <br><br>My one vid features a dead squirrel so it's not for the squeamish.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP8_Ziz618Q&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3Dsleeping%2Bsquirrel%2Bgo%2Bboom%26aq%3Df" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sleeping Squirrel Goes Boom</a><br><br>I am curious about what people here on this forum think about slingshot hunting or hunting videos. I really liked Gamekeeper John's hunting vid compilation. That shit cracks me up. I don't have much previous slingshot hunting experience but I made my first slingshot kill the other day and I was apprehensive about Yelling "FIRST BLOOD!!!" followed by the gruesome description. I am afraid to offend folks. Any thoughts?
     
  17. Cuthbert Allgood

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    Well, first of all, i have never shot and hit, or shot and killed any animal as of yet. I have been trying to practice enough to be confident making headshots to ensure a kill.<br>I totally cannot wait to be able to provide meat for my small family without the middle man. I am still a total novice , but I think everyone should be able to catch their own dinner. I wish I learned as a kid so I could be a master by now.<br>Hunting ones own food is becoming a lost art and I feel bad for anyone who isnt prepared to do so.<br>I cannot speak for everyone on this forum but I have read elsewhere that Joerge is not a hunter, but i am not really sure about his opinions on it.<br>My only stance on hunting is that if you kill it, you eat it.