Zebra wood slingshot and some questions

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Forum topic by Slingshotman posted 10-14-2013 10:35 AM 1324 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:35 AM

I am new on this forum and would like to show my most recent work. All I really have done is slingshot. I used the jigsaw to cut it out then the spindle sander to clean the edges, then the router and a couple files for the rounding, and finally I sanded it up to 220 grit. I have a couple questions on finsh. I would like to do a clear coat, but I am not sure if it will take because of the oil in the wood. I have heard that it does not work with all exotic woods. Also there is anon structural crack in the wood. It sticks up slightly, but I cannot just take it off, because it won’t be even. Is there any way to glue it just so that it won’t chip off later. It is not any thing that I can grab with a finger nail, and a piece of paper woot slip in to it, but I am worried about it. Thank you in advance for your help.

In the picture is another slingshot I made from a fallen branch. For more interesting slingshots check out go by squirrel squasher on there)

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 06:35 AM

spray with dewaxed Shellac, clear not amber to keep your color, you can use this as a top coat and should have no issues with adhesion. You may want to put 3-4 coats to build it up a bit. Shellac sticks to just about anything and just about everything sticks to shellac so it is a great all around product.

-- Gary, California

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 01:23 PM

Zebra wood is easy to finish and takes all finishes well. For the crack, lift it up, force some glue in and then clamp it to dry. Compressed air works well to push the glue deep into the crack.

For finish, just use regular polyurethane, two coats if you like, with the first coat sanded off with 240 paper. The rattle can finish will work well and is convenient. I do not understand the fascination with shellac as I always found it difficult to obtain, putzy to work with, and not a durable finish.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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