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Osage Deadwood Natural Fork

10 June 2017 - 02:45 PM

This natty took more work than most. I found it as a dead branch on a living Osage Orange tree. 
It was badly weathered and cracked. But there was a pretty good shape, size, and a hope that the heartwood 
was still strong. 

So I took here home, pared the soft outer wood away, filled the cracks and cut a notch to fill a gap in the 
butt. Then I sanded to 400, wiped on BLO and finished with paste wax. 

I have her banded up with tubes on tabs. She’s a great shooter!

Thanks for looking!

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Not quite a band jig

23 March 2017 - 03:49 PM

Since most of us only have two hands, an aid or tool is handy when attaching tubes or bands to a pouch. I use a simple S-Hook on a leather thong or length of paracord. 


It's pretty simple, portable and effective. 


Give it try!


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Thanks for watching!

Review - Imp2 from Florida Forks

17 March 2017 - 02:55 PM

My newest commercial slingshot is the Imp2 from Florida Forks. 
Mine is red 1/2-inch HDPE featuring good router work that eliminates all the sharp corners and results in a very comfortable grip. 
I had three reasons for making this purchase:
1. Pocketable shooters make my world round. I can't seem to finish collecting them.
2. I wanted to support our fellow forum member
3. Florida Forks gives you the most slingshot for the fewest bucks, and I'm a notorious tightwad!
This shooter was $10 plus shipping, through Etsy.
Overall dimensions are 4-3/4 inches by 3-1/2 inches. It is a little bigger than my tiny Dankung Luck Ring shooter, but with nearly 2 inches of fork gap, even a mediocre shooter like me can shoot TTF. Like the Luck Rings, the "Pinky Hole" is really a "Ring Finger Hole." Combined with the Imp's choke grip, you get a very secure hold. 
The Imp2 has universal fork tips with nice grooves for both TTF and OTT setups.
Anyone looking for a small shooter, whether for EDC use, plinking or hunting, should definitely consider the Imp2.Attached File  ImpGrip.JPG   234.17KB   62 downloadsAttached File  Imp-LuckRing.JPG   239.36KB   33 downloadsAttached File  ImpCan.JPG   417.1KB   33 downloads

Doubling the PFS fun

14 March 2017 - 12:16 PM

It ocurred to me recently that the only PFS frames I had that had a fork gap of 1/2 inch or less were my OPFS models I cut from 1/4 inch Baltic ply. That seemed like a conditioned that needed a solution. The OPFS has never felt comfortable in my hand. I do like the feel of my shooter based on B-Toon's Slim Pickins design, but it has a 1-inch gap and a 2-1/2 inch width. 
So, I used graph paper to rough out a Slim Pickins narrowed down to 2-inches overall with a 1/2-inch gap and shortened the handle. I traced that onto 3/8-inch HDPE and cut that out, adding holes for tubes. 
It's a fun shooter and in my regular rotation now. 
But I like naturals, and it was not that. So I copied it, without the holes, on a yew fork I had laying around. It was a fun build. And it is also a good shooter. 
Hope you enjoy the photos!

New yew PFS

24 February 2017 - 01:01 PM

I’ve had this yew fork drying for a couple of years and decided to carve it up.

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I started with my trusty kindling hatchet.

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I cut it to shape with my jig saw and did the contours with a file.

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The finish is BLO and paste wax.

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Banded up with .040 latex, it shoots great!

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