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#1 newconvert

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:30 PM


First, allow me to thank CHANEKE_JOSH for his design COMPAMOCHA..............gracias amigo


what i mean by the title is the Bamboo while looking great seems brittle, anyone with any experience with its strength?
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the wood is from a Bamboo pizza tray
cut the section i will need and made the next mark for the next cut
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cut and used gorilla glue, filed the troughs with glue as well, but you can see why gorilla glue is not a preferred glue. strong, but too much expansion, the result is messy overflowing hard goo. but! because it expands i am more certain to fill the grain in the trough. now to dry.
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taking shape! can you guess the make of slingshot?
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with the holes cut, and the excess wood cut away it is starting to take shape, feels really nice, great design, but i still think i am going to add a palm swell.
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rasp and sanding done, this is my first coat of teak oil, went from very blonde to this nice tan
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after 6 coats of teak oil the ss begins rejection new coats, this is when i know to begin allowing the ss to dry, but how to do that without laying it on something? it is tied on a thin string and hung from anything, this allows for full 360* of exposure to circulating air. the 3 small holes you see are the troughs seen in the pizza tray, now filled with glue.
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since the varnish went dry i gave it more time to cure, become hard, i lightly sanded with 320 grit sandpaper, wiped it clean of dust and began my applications of poly to make it shine and smooth it out even further, after this layer dries a bit of polishing with 1000 grit sandpaper and it its done than that all, but if it has need of further poly than i will coat again, but this 1 coat seems to have the sling at a nice level of shine, oh yeah just so there are no lines from the drying string when i apply the poly i use the method below to dry my poly.
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the below photos are the finished slingshot, thanks to all who participated in my sling making tutorial................. peace!
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Edited by newconvert, 21 February 2012 - 11:20 PM.


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:41 PM

Nice!! so you cut the half of the try in half then glued the 2 halves together? I hear bamboo is very nice, what are you going to destroy next?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:20 PM

Philly just sent me a very, very nice bamboo slingshot. With any luck he'll see this and help you out.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:54 PM

Bamboo Lazy Susan used to create this one.....

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:57 PM

Philly just sent me a very, very nice bamboo slingshot. With any luck he'll see this and help you out.

whats your impression of the strength of the wood? it looks like it will be very nice looking, but it did seem pretty brittle when i was cutting it?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:58 PM

Nice!! so you cut the half of the try in half then glued the 2 halves together? I hear bamboo is very nice, what are you going to destroy next?

some mahogany and some pine? still have some oak keeps me busy you know.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:00 PM

Bamboo Lazy Susan used to create this one.....

thats what i am talking about, beautiful grain, hows the strength? i am trying to get an answer because that will help me determine what type of forks to make

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:01 PM

Very sharp tools are a must, saw blades, router bits.....or it will chip and splinter all over.
Strength is adequate for just about any frame.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:12 PM

Very sharp tools are a must, saw blades, router bits.....or it will chip and splinter all over.
Strength is adequate for just about any frame.


good to know, will it be ok for making holes for tubes? or better for OTT TTF?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:28 PM

I've made a half dozen slingshots with Bamboo cutting boards, very strong, finishes up beautiful. Go for it Bud.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:31 PM

I've made a half dozen slingshots with Bamboo cutting boards, very strong, finishes up beautiful. Go for it Bud.
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you just answered the holes question, i really like the way Bamboo finishes, what did you use?

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:04 AM

Can't wait to see the finished one :)

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:20 AM

Can't wait to see the finished one :)

getting closer sir

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:07 AM

I like bamboo also. My choice of finish is Danish Oil. It soaks deep into the pores of the wood and hardens like a Varnish inside. As more coats are added, the finish gets a higher gloss and wet Oil sanding between coats makes it look and feel like fine art. Very tough finish that is easy to work with, even in a dusty work place.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:02 PM

I actually prefer gorilla glue for the same reasons you listed. Great expansion and filling.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:43 PM

I like bamboo also. My choice of finish is Danish Oil. It soaks deep into the pores of the wood and hardens like a Varnish inside. As more coats are added, the finish gets a higher gloss and wet Oil sanding between coats makes it look and feel like fine art. Very tough finish that is easy to work with, even in a dusty work place.


wooh this one is sweet

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:45 PM

I actually prefer gorilla glue for the same reasons you listed. Great expansion and filling.


yeah it did an amazing job on this Bamboo

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:42 PM

Bamboo is primo wood for slingshots!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:55 PM

All of you have beautiful slingshots. I have a bamboo slingshot as well and it is plenty strong enough!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:18 PM

oops

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