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#1 SlingNerd

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:25 AM

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Good morning!

I have a small bucket of Olive chunks cutoffs. Some of them are really pretty, and I wanted to figure a way to use them.

Recently the compact vs. micro slingshot discussions have had me thinking about what "compact" really entails. You could make a pfs for example, but if it's three inches thick is it really all that compact?

Anyway, my pondering lead me to wanting to try laminating a palm swell. I stuck a hunk of Olive heartwood onto the handle of one of the leftover bamboo frames from my Boy Scouts job.

It was a little challenging, owing to the awkward shape of the Olive. I've laminated whole boards together before but these smaller pieces are a whole other ball game. In the end the best clamp for the job was office rubber!

I'm really pleased with the result, and really regret not putting more effort into finishing it. There's just so much lockup when I grip it, and I have big hands (xl gloves) measurements below.

Thanks for stopping by.


4 1/4 tall
3 1/2 fork width
3/4 universal flatband forks
1 1/2 thickest part of handle
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:55 AM

Great job

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:05 AM

Very nice. That looks great.

#4 mattwalt

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:06 PM

Works well with the bamboo. Nice.



#5 SlingNerd

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:07 PM

Thanks guys. I'm thinking I should have used a spacer of some kind to really make the woods pop though. Or am I overthinking it?

Edited by SlingNerd, 18 May 2017 - 12:10 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:08 PM

Nice. That looks like it belongs there. After market ad-on's are usually not quite as good as when they are part of the original plan. Spacers do look real nice and if you have the material, go for it.   



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 05:11 PM

Maybe a spacer would make the swell pop a little bit, but it's cool the way it is too!



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:36 AM

It turned out quite nice! Love it, it goes well with the bamboo

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:08 PM

That's just swell...CD



#10 Dr J

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:25 PM

Good morning!

I have a small bucket of Olive chunks cutoffs. Some of them are really pretty, and I wanted to figure a way to use them.

Recently the compact vs. micro slingshot discussions have had me thinking about what "compact" really entails. You could make a pfs for example, but if it's three inches thick is it really all that compact?

Anyway, my pondering lead me to wanting to try laminating a palm swell. I stuck a hunk of Olive heartwood onto the handle of one of the leftover bamboo frames from my Boy Scouts job.

It was a little challenging, owing to the awkward shape of the Olive. I've laminated whole boards together before but these smaller pieces are a whole other ball game. In the end the best clamp for the job was office rubber!

I'm really pleased with the result, and really regret not putting more effort into finishing it. There's just so much lockup when I grip it, and I have big hands (xl gloves) measurements below.

Thanks for stopping by.


4 1/4 tall
3 1/2 fork width
3/4 universal flatband forks
1 1/2 thickest part of handle
97eaf74c76843f05bb0cf747a1059eb1.jpg51ca28c5e67ac5b33af39239d3101600.jpg69d9dbcc4a10bfd1395b336ed3789120.jpg

Nice job !


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:51 PM

Excellent!



#12 romanljc

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:34 PM

I like it, nice work




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