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#1 LBurnett

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:46 PM


Hey guys,
At the weekend, I decided to create a Mini-Hunter by Bill Hays! I have made one of these before but only out of plywood, whereas this one is aluminium!

I started by tracing my design on to the aluminium plate (1cm thick)
Then I began to carefully cut out using the jigsaw.
Cut out.JPG

After this I began to file the edges and finger and thumb grooves.
Next I sanded the whole slingshot/catapult until smooth with sandpaper, and then wet sanded it again.

I then began to polish it, hoping to bring out a lovely mirror shine only to end up dropping it!! :( This marked it a lot!
I carried on and polished more..

Here are the results so far.. Still need to polish more!!

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Polishing Process 2.JPG

Cheers Luke

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:55 PM

that's looking good luke, let us see it when its mirror shiny :naughty:

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:57 PM

Cheers mate, will do :)

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 02:23 PM

can't wait 'till then.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 02:25 PM

Haha, Cheers Jaxter!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:17 PM

Looking good! Cant wait to hear how it shoots! I love aluminum.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:20 PM

Thanks Setarip! :) Can't wait to try it out, my wooden one shot great!!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:27 PM

Well that' s nice. I be a happy guy if i had one like that. Shiny or not... Great job.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:36 PM

Cheers Mate!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:06 AM

Looks like to me that everybody has made this design! I have got to make one!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:11 AM

Love the mini hunter. Although he might be calling it a ferret hunter now? Anyhow. I have made this frame and it is one of my favorites.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:13 AM

Yeah I think he has changed the name? Well, it's different on here now! :)

Definitely work making guys!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

That's beautiful!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:50 PM

Thanks!

Decided to wet sand it again to get rid of the scratches after dropping it. Began to polish it as well now, looks alright :)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:18 PM

Can I ask you where you get you aluminum please?
Cheers, tom

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:21 PM

And great slingshot by the way ;)
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:34 PM

To be honest Tom, I am not sure! My dad gets it from work. I'm sure I can find a website for you? Where are you located, UK, US?

Cheers Luke

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:17 PM

I live in the UK but all of the
10mm steel/aluminum is stupid prices

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:25 PM

oh, i'll have a look tomorrow for you mate!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:28 PM

I have just had my contract end in a factory that laser cut mild and stainless steel sheets, from 20g up to 12mm+. The bits they scrap are scary, but the cost of big sheets is even more scary.

I would suggest finding somewhere locally that might scrap offcuts, and offer them slightly over the current scrap value, for say a kilo, and try buying it by the weight.

An awful lot of effort, but you could save immense amounts of money than trying to buy a 1' x 1' piece for example. And tell them what it's for, I have learned that people help loads more when they take an interest.

or you could just get lucky on ebay :naughty:

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