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Adding A Wooden Handle To My Dankung


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#1 lightgeoduck

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:04 AM


As most that had owned a dankung slingshot, the tend to be a bit on the thin side. I needed a better grip and was tired of the need for extra paracord. This is my FIRST attempt at gluing, not only wood but a combination of wood and metal.

I followed some of the instruction that Nation aka Flippinout provided to get me started.

I used a "soft" wood since it was only going to be a handle addition, and I was only using hand tools to cut and shape.
I bonded it with gorilla glue... note this glue expands quite a bit, but with careful application and proper clamping, I only had to do minor glue trimming to make it smooth.
I sealed with CA glue for a quasi-shiny surface.

Being that this was my first attempt and I had limited time (5 hours total) it isn't the prettiest but fully functional....

the speed craft for show:


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#2 Karok01

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:15 AM

Looks Amazing!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:49 AM

actually I've often wondered why nobody has done the same thing. It looks good and being a palm swell a soft wood is fine. My only concern is the gorrila glue, an epoxy might have been better!!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:00 AM

. My only concern is the gorrila glue, an epoxy might have been better!!


Yeah, I would have loved using power tools as well, but I had to make do with what I had at the moment. :)

Actually gorilla glue is tough as sin, it just isn't ideal for doing a clean job since it expands, but the color wood I used sort of blended well enough not to be noticable. You are right though, I would use an epoxy over anything else for a job done right.



Thanks for the comments

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:09 AM

looks good, a very usable mod

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:14 AM

Ive done a few steel frames, consisting of a coach bolt welded to a low fork u shaped bit of steel.. I hand squeeze an epoxy polymer putty, such as "knead it " by "Selly's .. even done fork ends with it, but DO not recommend doing so, although I havnt had a prob..still don't do it!... so you get about 5 mins molding time, that is a simple squeeze of a fist grip.. and let go and cure for an hour before time standing...
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:22 AM

nice mod L

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 06:23 AM

Nice upgrade to that sling. She should feel better in the hand now.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 06:42 AM

Looks good, Duck! Hope it shoots well for you.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:35 AM

That's a great mod on that Dankung.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

Good job, LGD! It looks really good in the photos. You did a fine job on the shaping, especially considering you had only hand tools.

Cheers ..... Charles

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:43 PM

Thanks all, I have to be honest, I am very impressed with my first attempt at "profesional" crafting. Though I know it isn't show case worthy, it is good enough where I believe I have been bitten by the bug :D... I am anxiously waiting for more time to do more :)

Nice upgrade to that sling. She should feel better in the hand now.


I have just tested it out, and it makes a WOOORRRLLLD of difference.


Thanks


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Posted 28 May 2012 - 06:19 PM

OH YA!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:51 AM

I think you really improved that slingshot -- good job.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:03 AM

Yes agreed, very fine job Duck and I can't understand why Dankung hasn't done it yet. Really improved.

#16 lightgeoduck

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:04 PM

I think you really improved that slingshot -- good job.

Yes agreed, very fine job Duck and I can't understand why Dankung hasn't done it yet. Really improved.


Wow,, thanks guys.. Its a slow process, but hopefully in a year or so I will be close to the skill level as you two crafting these things :)

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

Yes agreed, very fine job Duck and I can't understand why Dankung hasn't done it yet. Really improved.

dankung does do it Bob, they have tons of really sweet wood palmed skingers. i month ago i could not understand the appeal of dankungs? now just like all things slingshot they can be addicting!................................ nice looking swell LGD, keep us informed if the gorilla glue keeps its bond. your methods looks very quick, easy, and turned out pretty nice!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:41 PM

that looks nothing like a beginners skill. you did great work . the best tool to use is your brain .

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:40 AM

that looks nothing like a beginners skill. you did great work . the best tool to use is your brain .



True, but I always get splinters in my forhead :P


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:02 AM

True, but I always get splinters in my forhead :P


Ooouuchie, you should maybe try a rasp ;)

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