Slingshot and Pouch designs
Listed below are designs I have made. Each design includes a link for a full size PDF template. Print from Adobe Reader on Letter size paper, set Scaling to NONE.
I wanted to try something a little different than my past efforts. Taking what I learned from making Tex shooter's classic and adding some other features I like. The inside fork design is a copy of Tex's fork, I added flares to the sides since I like the self centering grip they provide. The curve of the handle matches the curve of my palm at the grip. I also wanted to try a glued up blank with some curved (for strength) veneer accent lines. The core is hard rock maple, the veneer is Paduak, the fork and handle sides are birdseye maple (all bow scraps).<br><br>If any one wants to copy or alter the design a full size template can be downloaded from (80% version added 05/20/11):https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... U01Rm12cFUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnNFagqcDx8
Whamo Sportsman Pattern and MINI ME Version
I remember seeing the Whamo slingshots as a kid but never had one. I thought it would be fun to have something close. I drew the pattern in cad with a scaled picture for reference. It would not be right without some semblance of the logo, but I wanted to make it clear that it is a replica, so I drew a 2011 Replica logo.I was surprised how comfortable it is to hold.
Sportsman template and separate Logo sheethttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... FVfenlGMTA
SLINGSHOThttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... Vd4aTlCbm8
Mini Me Version Templatehttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... mJGc3d5cFkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTSuyVmlF0E
Double Detent Pouch Jig
I have been fooling around with different pouch designs. After shooting different pouch types I have determined (at least for now) that I like the double detent type. It seems the easiest for me to load since it is preformed as folded in half, and the ball easily lands in either detent. I was not satisfied with my first efforts since the ball did not always seat against the back of the pouch. I designed this prototype jig to stretch the leather as it presses the ball in place. Although the jig I made is crude, the design does work. I made a laser cut stainless version later, that works great.https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... TAydEFaOFkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdGMVxfooo
TreFoil Ergo Slingshot Design
This is my favorite design. I have made several variations including the first in Bocote and Purpleheart, the second more compact version in Beech and Black Walnut, and the best one 3/16" Stainless Steel core with Ash over Black Phenolic, over red fiberglass. Videos below are in the order of creation.
Template also includes a 2/3 sized Youth versionhttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... G9ralZMT2shttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ5bjiptQxshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3UlZJv2ESA
Flex Ergo Slingshot
This is a variation of the Trefoil ergo I recently did. Made from Marine Grade Plywood scraps from work. The Marine Grade Plywood is not nice to work with, too much tear out, but it did work. Designed to fit my hand in 3 dimensions. It is a more complex build, but seems worth the extra effort. After using this extensively I found it had more band slap than a flat slingshot, so I did not pursue the design. It does fit the hand really well though.
Full size PDF drawing file, print no scaling (full size).https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... DZrdG1tYlEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9xoBom4Dvw
MXRED Moose Hunter
Here is my effort at designing an Ergo slingshot. After making and shootind the Wham-o replicas I came to understand how nice a thru the fork design with the band slots can be. In hindsight I realize every thing I like about it, Gary (Flatband) said in his Youtube videos. Sometimes I have to learn something thru experience until it sinks in. So I modified my last ergo design to include the band slots, in the process shortened the handle to keep the overall size down. I shot it before finishing and realized I needed a more positive grip, so I added finger grooves only at the base. End result I really like. NO bandslap, I know if I flip an OTT correctly I won't get bandslap, but I do on occassion. The combination of a nice grip and no bandslap makes for an accurate pleasant Shooter.You may wonder why I call it MOOSE HUNTER, not because you could hunt Moose with it, that would be dumb. While it was not intentional as I shaped it I realized it looked like a Moose head. So Moose Hunter seemed like a good name.
I posted full size PDF drawings for the slingshot as shown TTF and also a slightly smaller version that is the more typical over the top configuration. Two drawing files below, the second one is a side view detailing the finger grooves.https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... DF0N0VydFEhttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... m1LVjF1Mnchttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2olGBf5T0Ag
Mad Monkey Low Fork Shooter
Why the MAD Monkey? The first slingshot I made back in July of 2010 I arbitrarily named the Monkey. No reason other than I think Monkeys are cool, and I thought it was a funny name. When I shoot I take several slingshots out at a time (I now have about 25) and noticed I would often fall back to using my first, the Monkey. Just because, through luck of the original design, it is a good shooter. So I thought why not make another, but improve the design based on what I have learned in making the last 25 slingshots.
One of the things I like about the design is the small radii stops that exist at the points of contact for the finger and thumb. The was not a stroke of brilliance on my part when I did the original design, I just added those radii because I thought they looked good. So here is the updated version, narrower fork tips, wider throat, and a third point of contact for the little finger. Don't ever use Douglas Fir for a slingshot, it is too soft. This one is made from a piece of Douglas fir that was in my firewood, BUT (notice that is a "BIG" but) it is laminated with crossplys of black walnut, and paduak, mainly for strength, and also to add some cool to it. It is very strong, but the Douglas fir does dent easily. Tex Shooter Latex with a double cup pouch, It is a shooter!
If interested at making your own: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... UJvbENnUTA
Vid below if you want see the original Monkey and hear additional yammering.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g6E9gpB1V4
Tex Shooter's Classic slingshot Design
This is my take on Tex Shooter's Classic slingshot Design. I made a full size PDF to post with Tex's permission. If you only make one board cut, make this one. Tex knows everything about slingshots, and this is a great design. I made two, one in Zebrawood, and I liked it so much I made another in black walnut. The lone star medallion I added to show it is Tex's design. This design makes for a really good shooter, Tex's bands and pouch are as good as it gets.
Full size template: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... 2xLOElyT1E
A Straight Handle Ergo I designedhttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... mpRUXhUaGMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABZ2LkfJVx8
An Angle Grip Ergo I designedhttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... URLcDF1SVkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbqZn4QH2-M
A Small Applewood Ergo with Magnetic Ammo Dispenserhttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... DZleTM4czAhttps://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8FASC ... lRtbFMwNUEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7pPKZR5KIUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJYrNBIR1bM
More stuff on my Youtube channelhttp://www.youtube.com/user/mxred91