Ive got some Mahogany what im making some catapults with, it is 3/4in thick, i cut a strip 6in long and 3/4in wide and hit it with a ball hammer and had to hit it a good few times to brake it, so a fork hit would be no bother, jeffActually the Mahogany that I had was trim for a bank that was not used and was quite strong. I have seen some that is quite weak also, so the must be different grades of the stuff. I did notice that Wingshooter has the grain running the right direction for strength. Wingshooter did you put a couple of dowels though the handle also for strength? -- Tex
That's an interesting method of attachment, I've never heard of anyone using tape before, what happens if it gets wet? Also how do you engrave your slingshots? (Like the one depicted in your display picture of an eagle - I think it looks great.)I have sold a few slings but I am not interested in doing it full time to much like work!! Here are a few pics showing how I attach bands now. I don't cut grooves I use this packaging tape that has fiberglass strands in it. I clean the ends of fork and bands with alcohol. I lay the band so the top is slightly above the fork then wrap it a couple of times then I fold the band over and stretch it then wrap the tape around it a couple of more times. If it is done right it makes a good secure way of attaching the bands. I have not had any problems with this method. The pouch is one of flatbands he has a winner with this one. It is the best pouch I have used.
I took the mahogany out and shot it for awhile it is now part of the crew I always take two or three slings when i go stump shooting just in case. To much fun and so little time.