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#1 youcanthide...BANG

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:25 pm

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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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:49 pm

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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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:52 pm

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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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:53 pm

Looks good! Im currently whittling one of my own!



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:54 pm

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

 

http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b507...

 

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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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:58 pm

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.c...h?v=o8_ulK-w7KE



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:07 pm

a oil finish one i have doneAttached File  1098310_601368776550303_1056348357_n.jpg   45.02KB   0 downloads



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:09 pm

Once stained is there a clear coat i could put over the top to get a smoother finish?



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:30 pm

Yes, CA glue, polyurethane, laquer or a hard wax oil will do the job fine. 



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:37 pm

Sorry didnt see the link, will superglue not go white when it sets?



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:41 pm

Not if you don't breathe on it or get moisture near it! 



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:43 pm

Ok thanks once ive gone over it with sandpaper i will stain it and try the superglue, thank you



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:03 pm

Ya welcome :)



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:10 pm

Quality attempt there :thumbs:

Edited by Blue Pocket Rocket, 11 August 2013 - 08:13 pm.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:14 pm

Quality attempt there :thumbs:

Thanks mate, took me ages but im happy with it, gonna give your milk bottle idea next


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