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Simple Y In Plywood And Poplar


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#1 mattardel

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:33 PM


Finally had time to make some slingshots with the designs I posted in the Shared Designs Forum. I have about 17 cut out and routed, waiting to be sanded and finished. This is probably my favorite design, the Simple Y. It's made out of birch ply with poplar palm swells. Finished with 3 coats of tung oil followed by 4 coats of oil-based poly. Sadly, it's a little cloudy near the top, but I believe it's because I didn't do a great job wet sanding the final coat. I put on car polish to finish it, and it is just about the smoothest finish I've ever felt. Really comfortable. Once the polish wears off, I'll resand and post pictures. Bandset is a single 107 cut in half.
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#2 Bob Fionda

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:37 PM

Good work Mattardel, I like poplar too, it a good wood.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:46 PM

nice work

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:50 PM

well done, Nice and simple design i like it.

#5 Knoll

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

Poplar palmswell looks soooooo much better than mine! Good work.

#6 MeatMechanic

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

Good job dude , MM

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:21 PM

many underestimate the strength of plywood . i like this slingshot .

#8 Sharkman

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:30 PM

Looks like it will be a blast to shoot. Love the way the finish.

#9 mattardel

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:35 PM

Thanks for all the replies guys! It's really great to shoot. Fits in my hand really well, finger support or hammer grip. 107s aren't that powerful, so I might just make a double-banded set. I just thought the single band fit the look. Poplar's a great wood to work with, really soft but looks great with some oil. The finish took me about a week due to drying, but it's definitely worth it. I encourage everyone to try it.

#10 harson

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:13 PM

nice one

#11 Northerner

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:52 PM

It looks comfortable. Nice work!

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#12 bullseyeben!

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:19 AM

Looks a tidy frame man!

#13 Jesus Freak

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:58 AM

Good job, i really like the finish. Looks like a keeper!

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:12 AM

That's a really good no-nonsense design. Plywood is the best wood to build with next to naturals in my opinion because of the superior strength. It is hard to make plywood look good, but you certainly found a way with that nicely done palm swell and that terrific finish.

#15 akmslingshots

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:58 AM

simple and elegant

#16 rockslinger

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:31 AM

Nice, looks like a good feel in the hand.

#17 joseph_curwen

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:54 AM

nice one!

#18 AKLEIN

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:56 AM

Well done, looks great.

#19 alfshooter

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:00 AM

Very well done, looks very comfortable.

Greeting ... Alf




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