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Being a noobie at this and having quite a few tools I had to try making a frame or two and have slowed down after the 8th and a shortage of usable ply to play with. I did have a small piece of Baltic ply left over from some drawer sides that worked well but the real surprise was a couple of pieces of oak laminated plywood flooring. 3/8" , 5 ply works great doubled up and augmented with some walnut highlights and would work great with another thin laminate but I have run out. There's a discount flooring store here that sells flooring closeouts that may prove to be a good source of frame material.
 

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Be sure to take a look at the side cut of the plywood. And use your a knife or your fingernail to check how soft the wood is and how many layers of wood there is. I got some high quality expensive cabinet plywood and scraps from a local cabinet shop. The plies were very soft but it looked strong. Here's what happened with a normal hunting band setup after only about 15 pulls. Very scary it nearly hit me in the face. Look for hard plies not the really soft ones. I have found OSB to be the strongest plywood to use. It is very dense and I have never had a failure with it

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Being a noobie at this and having quite a few tools I had to try making a frame or two and have slowed down after the 8th and a shortage of usable ply to play with. I did have a small piece of Baltic ply left over from some drawer sides that worked well but the real surprise was a couple of pieces of oak laminated plywood flooring. 3/8" , 5 ply works great doubled up and augmented with some walnut highlights and would work great with another thin laminate but I have run out. There's a discount flooring store here that sells flooring closeouts that may prove to be a good source of frame material.
If you have a Lowe's or Home Depot near you, check out their flooring section for "samples" of bamboo flooring.....they are free, lol

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Being a noobie at this and having quite a few tools I had to try making a frame or two and have slowed down after the 8th and a shortage of usable ply to play with. I did have a small piece of Baltic ply left over from some drawer sides that worked well but the real surprise was a couple of pieces of oak laminated plywood flooring. 3/8" , 5 ply works great doubled up and augmented with some walnut highlights and would work great with another thin laminate but I have run out. There's a discount flooring store here that sells flooring closeouts that may prove to be a good source of frame material.
If you have a Lowe's or Home Depot near you, check out their flooring section for "samples" of bamboo flooring.....they are free, lol

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Brilliant minds think alike,,,,was there yesterday but struck out. Trying my hand at doing a laminate with epoxy and a cutting board and walnut,,,got nothing to lose but a mess :imslow:
 

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So, that's a big sheet of ply for slingshots. Is it available in a smaller cut?

And, one side won't take a stain, if that's in your plan. Certainly fine for painting.

And, it's not made to a spec, so it could be just about anything - from great hardwood to pitiful softwood.

Look it over closely. I'd want to see at least 5 plies, and few voids on the edges.

But heck, Baltic Birch is a proven performer, and pretty affordable the last time I looked.
 

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Being a noobie at this and having quite a few tools I had to try making a frame or two and have slowed down after the 8th and a shortage of usable ply to play with. I did have a small piece of Baltic ply left over from some drawer sides that worked well but the real surprise was a couple of pieces of oak laminated plywood flooring. 3/8" , 5 ply works great doubled up and augmented with some walnut highlights and would work great with another thin laminate but I have run out. There's a discount flooring store here that sells flooring closeouts that may prove to be a good source of frame material.
If you have a Lowe's or Home Depot near you, check out their flooring section for "samples" of bamboo flooring.....they are free, lol

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Recommend a core for them though.
 
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