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Forum topic by TheWoodRaccoon posted 02-12-2016 06:26 PM 863 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheWoodRaccoon

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02-12-2016 06:26 PM

I’ve been here for awhile, but i have yet to show anything i’ve made. I haven’t actually started or finished any projects recently, so i’d like to show some work i did in the past! These are handmade slingshots/catpults, basically the only type of woodworking project I’ve made, aside from a workbench, and some makeshift do-dads here and there. I got into making these when i found a forum dedicated to slingshots, founded by Jeorg Sprave on youtube. But i won’t talk about that too much, i don’t want to violate any rules here.:)

Slingshots can be made from almost any type of material, and even everyday objects. Wood and allumium, plywood, G10, carbon fiber, homemade HDPE boards, micarta, and even solid brass! Natural tree forks are a popular option too.
Here are some that i’ve made, some were traded with other slingshotforum members. I’m going to post a few for now, let me know in the comments what you guys think, and if i should post more pictures!

This one is called a “Conus”, a popular design by Arturo Borquez of Chile. I made this for him when i traded with him. Its made of Chestnut and Acacia flooring samples laminated together, with a deer antler palm swell. Finished with Tru-oil and paste wax:

Here is another popular design called “Chalice”. This one was also made for a trade!
It was made with a core of bamboo cutting board, sandwiched between end grain Acacia cutting board I bought from HomeGoods awhile ago. It was very difficult to shape, being all end grain. It was finished with 6 coats of paste wax. I didn’t want to put a fluid finish on it, as it would soak it all up and darken too much. Even though i glued endgrain, it should still be plenty strong for a slingshot, due to the large gluing surface, and the direction the rubber applies force to it.

Here is another i made for a trade, its a natural fork core with Rosewood, Acacia, and chestnut laminated.
Some build pics too!

Here are some HDPE chalices i made out of some homemade plating!

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 06:55 PM

I like the color and shape of the penultimate one,very suitable for slingshots.

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 06:59 PM



I like the color and shape of the penultimate one,very suitable for slingshots.

- Bud_3

Thanks! It was one of my most complex builds.

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 07:16 PM

Yes, part of my childhood except that i was doing them in classic mode from the intersection of two branches.They look more like this.

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 07:27 PM

very cool

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 09:22 PM



very cool

- XquietflyX

Thanks!

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 09:54 PM

I remember, as a kid in the 40s and 50s, that finding just the right natural rubber innertube was always a challenge. The synthetic rubber at that time just didn’t have the right elasticity.

I made all of mine from natural tree or bush forks.

One time I took a shot at a sparrow in a bush, about 50 feet off or so. I of course expected to miss, as I always did. But this time I nailed him. As I held him in the palm of my hand I could see the blood oozing out of his beak. He had just been minding his own birdy business, and suddenly death comes from nowhere and puts an end to his career. From that point on I was always loathe to kill anything for the “fun” of it.

All these years later, I still have that vivid image in my mind.

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#7 posted 02-14-2016 10:12 PM

Those should be a great selling item.

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 10:44 PM

Very cool,more folks will see them if you post them under projects.

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#9 posted 02-14-2016 11:36 PM


Those should be a great selling item.

- KYSean

Thanks! I was actually considering making a few to sell. Do you think anybody here would want one?

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#10 posted 02-15-2016 03:58 AM

+1 should be in projects

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#11 posted 02-15-2016 04:00 AM



+1 should be in projects

- ChefHDAN

Is there anybody who can move it there?

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