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    Building a Sling Shot

    I started construction on the first Sling Shot today.

    Slingshot is a new design and this is the prototype build. Sling Shot is a skin on frame 18' 6" long, 23" wide. Hull has a fair amount of rocker and V in it. Stability is on the lower side but not really low. I want to use this as a test bed for a couple of ideas I have had for a while now. I want to add a retractable skeg and I want to ad some nice looking hatches too. I have ideas on how to do these but I will just have to work out the details as I go. Once the frame is together I will probably change it some.



    Here is a quick run down of what I got accomplished today.



    First step is cut out all the full sized patterns and glue them on the plywood. I always save any larger scrap pieces since I build so many and can often get several parts out of scrap.



    Then I like to rough cut the pieces out and then I do the final cuts on the bandsaw. There is no reason not to do them with a jigsaw, I am just more comfortable with the bandsaw so that is what I prefer.



    It takes a few hours but here are all the frames cut out. Actually I see a mistake in the pile but I am not going to point it out. ;-)



    Before I quit for the night I ripped my stringers to width and since I use cedar siding I plane the rough face. I end up with a 5/8" thickness. This is my old Powermatic planer at work.



    I recently found some really good cedar which is very rare around here. It was 12' lengths so I cut and scarf them together to about 18' long. I normally have to cut out a lot of knots but these were small enough I didn't see any I couldn't just leave.
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    Man that design just looks super fast. Way cool

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    Since the other guys already brought the popcorn, I brought donuts. Dive in guys...



    Looking forward to watching the build, Jeff.
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    When I saw the title of your post I thought żIs Jeff changing bussines and going into the toy bussiness? Nah! that can be, and now I understand.

    Vaughn, sorry to say it but a circular pile of donuts doesn't make the biggest donut of the world, the biggest pile maybe IMHO
    Last edited by Toni Ciuraneta; 10-20-2010 at 06:43 PM.
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    Another great looking design..and you sure don't waste any time getting going on the build...



    If I might ask how do you print out the full size patterns. Do you have a big inkjet plotter or is there a place that does it for you? I have asked around a little and found nothing reasonable or any place that can do lengths such as you have at all.

    Thanks
    Garry

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    Whoa Vaughn! Lot of dough there.

    Toni, I knew the title would fool some folks. The name is a play on my other design I call Long Shot. I also have plans for a Short Shot and maybe even a Buck Shot someday.

    Gary, I have an older HP plotter I bought just for this purpose. It's not a photo quality but it doesn't have to be for what I am doing. Sometimes I wish it was so I could do some promotional work of just print out a good quality image to hang on the wall.
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    DAY 2

    Full day in the shop and I didn't take a lot of photos. I sanded all the frames to smooth up my cuts. Then I rounded over the insides because it makes lashing easier. I also round over the edges on the exposed frames in the cockpit just because it looks better. And it feels better on your legs if you hit them.

    Next I ran the stringer that I glued up last night through the shaper to round over othe edges.

    Last I set up the strong back and started to assemble the frame. By the time I quit it was ready to start lashing.

    Here is link to a time lapse video I shot while I assembled the frame. I think the dog is as interesting to watch as I am.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12_Vqezz3NE

    A couple of photos of the frame. It is ready to be lashed together now.







    Here is one of the Sea-Lect, formerly Sea Dog, hatches I am going to install. Have an idea on how to do this and make it look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Here is link to a time lapse video I shot while I assembled the frame. I think the dog is as interesting to watch as I am.
    I think I saw at least two, maybe 3 times when you were scratching your head... Glad to see it coming together. That looks like a big roomy shop. I know it is your house basement, but the ceiling looks really tall. Just how much room do you have under the joists? Did you have the house built that way or was it just a lucky real estate find?
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