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After trying to find that perfect tree fork for weeks i caved in and had a go at making my first catapult with a board cut, havent a clue what wood it is but after firing 5 12mm leads at one of the boards i think it qualifies as safe for use.

 

Made with coping saw and hand files it took quite a while to make to a standard i was happy with, i based it on my current hunting catty just until i knew i could do it then im gonna move onto something more difficult

 

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Anyone reccomend a finish for it, looking for a dark colour and a glass smooth finish

 

Thanks

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Great first attempt!

 

It looks like pine to me, I wouldn't recommend using pine for catapults as it's a softwood.

 

If you want to get a darker colour you could try teak oil or a wood stain. For a glass like finish the best I've seen is Tru-Oil used for gunstocks but it's not very hard wearing. CA glue finishes are much harder wearing however they take a bit of practice to get right, but will leave a lovely shiny finish. Personally I prefer hard wax oil but it's not cheap and again not the easiest to apply.

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Thanks its only having singles on it so if it is pine im sure it wont break, plus its 1 1/2 inch thick lol

 

Is tru oil clear or if not what colour will it be once its applied?

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After trying to find that perfect tree fork for weeks i caved in and had a go at making my first catapult with a board cut, havent a clue what wood it is but after firing 5 12mm leads at one of the boards i think it qualifies as safe for use.

 

Made with coping saw and hand files it took quite a while to make to a standard i was happy with, i based it on my current hunting catty just until i knew i could do it then im gonna move onto something more difficult

 

2013-08-11171214_zps96f55a1a.jpg

 

Anyone reccomend a finish for it, looking for a dark colour and a glass smooth finish

 

Thanks

I have loads of seasoned naturals ;) also ally cut cattys you do rest of work on them.

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Thanks its only having singles on it so if it is pine im sure it wont break, plus its 1 1/2 inch thick lol

 

Is tru oil clear or if not what colour will it be once its applied?

Tru oil won't really get the dark effect you are hoping for I don't think, it will help bring the grain out and add a nice surface finish though. For catapults you want something that's a bit more harder wearing I think. To get it darker I would use a wood stain, you might have some knocking around? The sort of stuff you use on a garden fence should do the job.

 

Here's a link to an instructional video Nathan Masters has done on how to apply a CA finish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_ulK-w7KE

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Quality attempt there :thumbs:

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