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Mojave Mo
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This build tortured me. I've come through the darkness and see that I may never, ever complete this sling. It'll shoot, but them tool marks on the core edge go on, and on, and on.
One fork tip is a smidge wider than the other. Can you image missing that measurement?
Yeah. I could of drilled that lanyard whole about a week earlier. I keep giving myself reasons to get a drill press. When I saw the aluminum shavings pop out of my assangled drill hole I tinkled a little in despair.
The curious brown pudding mess on the core edge was a lazy attempt at trying out a 'design on the spine'...like file-work on the spine of a knife. I created the hollows on the edge with the sander then filled them with epoxy and instant roast coffee. If I try again I'll use a round hand file and look to create a glow-in-the-dark look instead
I also filled some little voids in the olivewood with epoxycoffee.
I tried the same process using smoked paprika on a little bigger spot you likely won't see because It isn't red enough.
The Pinky Hole that ain't? I don't have the tools to make a good lookin' big ol' pinky hole. So I present a Pinky Trough instead.
This modified Spikeman by MattW with this 300 Year Old Olivewood Cutting Board by SlingNerd fits my hand like it was...... made for it?
For the life of me I can't figure out how or why the wood grain lined up like it did! I don't have a photo to show you but imagine this. It was an oval cutting board. I had just enough wood for each scale. On the oval I laid the templates out with the forks pointing N and S with the pinky hooks facing E and W. Anyway...freak accident is what I'm saying. Today I am not sure if I'll correct this sling and finish it to the near perfection I imagined, or leave it as it is and use it as a cigar stand and another learning experience!?

Thumbs Up or Down? I can take the heat. Mojave Mo
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Mojave Mo
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I'd call that effective use of Olive! That piece wasn't gonna make anything strong enough on it's own so it NEEDED a core.

This looks great, Mo! Olive works pretty easily, doesn't it?
I liked how dense the grain is so it didn't really soak up any aludust. I am pleased as to how lovely it looks. That is just one coat of Tung Oil.

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THAT is a handsome slingshot. Imperfections add character. The Duke himself would have carried this rig.

(About the tinkling, that happens now and again at your age. Scrunch your toes and think about vice-grips...)
That was a chuckler! Funny my wife said the same thing about imperfections adding character as she de-explained the holygrail of the straight hole.

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Beautiful
Thanks Tag...it has potential then! I am going to tape the wood over and give that alu a scub with a 240 grit Dremel sander then buff it up. Then I'll tape over the alu and go at wood up to around 800 grit. It will be a bugger to take down that porky fork tip but it has to be done. I need to slooooooow down. I've got those PP cores and aim to create a working masterpiece or one...!

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As one of my old professors used to say, "Smoke 'em if you got 'em"! That looks like a really cool frame. I bet it feels and shoots great! Very nice work, bud!
I indeed! Thus he is a professor! I just retired from 26 years of covering the tracks for the inept. Everyday from today is a good day!

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Wait. A better example.....imagine the Olive Cutting Board like an oval tortilla. I folded it longwise and out my two scale templates inside. You see? These are no cross-cut scales.....just a lucky lineup of some of the grain. In the fork throat it look like a full knot that isn't.

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Once again I am elated by your writing and work!

I just found a scroll saw for cheap. I have a HF drill press. It is among my essential power tools now. I do not think you'd regret sheddin' the cabbage for a press.

It has variable speeds by moving a belt up and down on 2 spindles and is quiet. I can do a bit of sanding with some drums and make 90L holes... been working on making the back end of some bits into router bits.

Only thing I cannot do on it is fine cutting. Been using a coping saw.
 
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