Monday, August 8, 2011

The Slingshot Cannon Project - Wheels arrived

The last week of August will be dedicated to the making and shooting of the slingshot cannon.

The parts are starting to come in. Ammo is on its way, 18 Boule balls (1,6lb each), two each of 2kg (4,4 lb), 3 kg (6,6lb and 4kg (8,8 lb) shot put balls.

Bought the cannon wheels on ebay, from an old firefighter carriot (three ft. dia, iron ringed). 1 Euro for both! My wonderful wife drove 50 miles to fetch them (always good to have a pickup), but this will look gorgeous and saves a lot of time.

This project is so exciting... can't wait to shoot the shot put against the (clonker) car I bought just for the purpose.

96 comments:

  1. I love your projects, and it inspires me to get my cub scouts together to build a pumpkin trebuchet. Our local city is doing a contest this October for Halloween, and I think I will talk with the scouts at our meeting Tuesday about putting one together.

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  2. Wow! I happened across some of your videos while reading some headlines on The Blaze website. It brought back memories of when I was growing on the high plains of West Texas and learned to use a slingshot to hunt small game like rabbits and pheasant. I found it to be a very effective weapon for hunting and not near as dangerous as a rifle or pistol - my parents would not allow me such devices until after my 18th birthday. But a slingshot was made to order for a kid growing up in a small farm community and loved to target shoot and hunt. Thanks for the videos and demonstrations of your outstanding fabrication skills.

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  3. i made slingshots when i was a kid, i always knew it's fun, but making a cannon out of slingshot i thing you can supply Nations military weaponry

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  4. Wow, oh Wow! This project is coming together and I'm excited to see the parts starting to mesh. Thank you for showing us the development and building of it. I think that's more than half the fun of it all. I think the whole world is waiting and holding it's breath-- well, maybe not the WHOLE world, but at least a bunch of people.... :) As a former hero of mine would say, "I love it when a plan comes together.'

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  5. I wait with much anticipation for the final product, Joerg!

    What will you be using to power the beast?

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  6. Are you against adding a wrist brace to the slingshots or do you feel it isn't needed?

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  7. Just another reason any robber would think twice about messing with jorg

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  8. Amazing.....i can't wait to see that video...

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  9. This thing is going to be awesome. The energy produced in shooting a 4kg ball will be huge! The problem is after this project you will want to top it which will be pretty tough.

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  10. I end up watching one video of yours, and lose a whole day watching in fascination. Keep up the amazing work.

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  11. I can't wait to see the result! Give away?

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  12. You have really mastered the new art of slingshots and brought this to whole new level! I feel like a kid in a candy store! Simply amazing work and craftsmanship! Thank you!

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  13. you seem to be independently wealthy lol, for me , slingshots are a hobby where i can SAVE money, not SPEND money :P i love to watch your shit tho, cant want to see this car be destroyed lol

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  14. I am not wealthy, but I do have a good job and few other expenses (no kids). Ebay helps a lot, if you stay alert you can catch very good slingshot material for not a lot of money.

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  15. Awesome project, can't wait to see the results.

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  16. Great stuff, this brings back great memories of my childhood.

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  17. I bet it'll look freaking huge! And the rubber will be like the strongest TheraBand x100,000 ;)
    Look at the weight of the ammo!! OMG!!

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  18. I have used a wrist rocket slingshot to gig flounder in the flats here in South Carolina. I would love to try one of yours. The white ebony model is very impressive. What a wonderful piece of wood. Good Job

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  19. Looks really cool! Can't wait to see them in action!

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  20. Cant wait to see the cannon! The guillotine and vampire stake are amazing. I want one of your slingshots so bad!! Please PICK ME!!

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  21. alright il keep an eye on ebay, im trying to get me some real ammo lol, rather than marbles :P

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  22. looks like its going to be brilliant! waiting with bated breath to see the results.

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  23. Wow. Saw your projects on The Blaze. Too Cool.

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  24. I can't wait to see how this project turns out! Have you ever considered entering pumpkin chunkin'?

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  25. Grats on finding those wheels. What a nice touch.

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  26. oh my gosh! I guess it only makes sense to test or at least explore the limits of the concept of the sling shot, in order to truly master the sling shot! Good luck!

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  27. looking forward to seeing what you make out of this, joerg

    good luck and have fun, friend

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  28. Looking forward to this Joerg!

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  29. This ought to be interesting. Keep posting Jeorg. Love your work. Got curious because of your post on THE BLAZE.

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  30. Hope you get to finish that project. I really want to see it in action. Good Luck

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  31. I cannot wait for the next video of you shooting frozen meat. Love it!!

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  32. Talk about an EPIC SLINGSHOT. I can't wait to see it!

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  33. I hope it will surpass the gun powder (:

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  34. Exciting... Can't wait for next video:)

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  35. WOW!! the wheels looks good!! can´t wait...

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  36. cant wait to see it all together

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  37. Nice, looks like it will have a vintage look.Jorg, when its finished maybe you could test its power?Who knows might eaven be as strong as a canon.But one thing is for shure it will be AWESOME!I cant wait :D

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  38. Do you have any guesses at how far or fast it will shoot?

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  39. I am hoping for about 50 m/s (= 164 fps = 180 km/h) with the shot put. This would mean the ball flies about 250 meters. 5,000 Joule = 3687 ft-lbs of energy if I can do that with the 4 kg shot put ball - "only" 800 Joule if the Boule ball will fly at 50 m/s.

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  40. I'm excited to see the car get smashed! I wonder if there will be much heat buildup in the rubber with that much force.

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  41. I love to watch your videos, i think the Slingshot is a very powerfull weapon, i don't have a slingshot myself, but i do have a few Slings here, the grandfather of the Slingshot :-)
    Ive been training the Sling for a long time and i have some skill, but i would like to try out the Slingshot to, i have never shot one before!
    And i recommed for you to try out the sling to, and be prepared, its not so easy.
    Well Good luck!

    Greets from the Netherlands!

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  42. I tried the sling, powerful it is, but I can't hit anything with it.

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  43. i'm very interesting in this project, is it really gonna work? shot this kind of "missiles"? :)

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  44. Why should it not work? Of course noone ever tried it... but I am confident.

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  45. hey i just want to say that you inspire me. the other day i was doing wood work for school and i chiped my jobe hugly and i was about to give up but than i thought of you and said to my self one day i will be like JoergSprave and then just went on doing it. you are amazing at what you do.

    i love the hand made from the rare white ebony tree i love it thankyou for the videos and keep u the good work!

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  46. this project looks great but is it going to work?
    i think with the talent that you have definitely !

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  47. Awesome as usual haha! Can't wait for this video! And i hope i win a slingshot from you (: cheers jorge!

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  48. Yes, this is one very exciting project. I'm dying to see the design, construction and firing of this megabeast. Hope you have lots more good luck like the 1€ wheels with the rest of the project.

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  49. When will you finish the canon?

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  50. This will be the most beautiful thing since your accent ;)

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  51. Expect the video on August 28th, 2011.

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  52. I'm happy to have stumbled upon your blog right at the beginning of this project. Looking at the wheels, this sling shot looks like it's going to be pretty massive.

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  54. Greetings Mr. Sprave!

    Very Impressive!!! I have been following you at youtube/slingshot forum for a while, and let me tell you I love all your creations but, definitely this one must be -THE- ultimate slingshot project. hehe!

    Hope we can see this awesome "plinker" very soon.

    Cheers!

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  55. I picked up an old slingshot a couple months ago and was having fun shooting cans. Didn't realize the subculture attached to these things. I love it. Will have to try some of your designs and they are a helluva lot better then the surgical tubing I am using.

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  56. Wow, this looks sick, can't wait to see the video.

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  57. if its anything like this watermelon catty fail... we will be surely missing you lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB136BPHmaQ

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  58. Greetings from South Africa, really looking forward to seeing the Slingshot Cannon do its stuff

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  59. Man, I give it a year before you have your own Discovery Channel show. This will be awesome.

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  60. Hello iam new slingshotboy i live in reunion Island , tout project is a a very good project

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  61. The watermelon slingshot pouch was poorly designed, basket like pouches can twist and cause a backfire. Mine aren't poorly designed.

    my own Dicovery Channel show? Man, I'd be thrilled to be a guest in a Mythbusters episode. I love that show.

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  62. Wow, looks like a weapon of mass destruction in the making. Keep it up!!:)

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  63. You make great videos! Thanks for sharing your hobby with us. I need to make some slingshots now.

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  64. Hey Jorg I am a huge fan of your work. I envy your hobby. I have always wanted to be an inventor/engineer. I always built things when i was younger (with Lego's and blocks). Seeing your slingshot videos have kept my passion for inventing alive. keep up the great work! I'll look forward to seeing this new wheel slingshot cannon project.

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  65. It is going to be AWESOME! Good luck during the shooting.

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  66. looks great wen will it be finnished

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  67. young pumpkins make good ammo.

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  68. I'm very excited about the sling shot cannon. Other people don't understand how epic you are when I show them your videos. :x

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  69. I can't wait to see it when finished!

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  70. Great website! I just found it and am floored with all that you made! I would love to win one of your slingshots.

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  71. Good luck Joerg, i cant wait to see this 1 in action :)

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  72. I'm really looking forward to this video! =^_^=

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  73. i love your medieval slingshot, i'm making one just like it but with the trigger of the Christmas tree slingshot.

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  74. That works, but the rolling nut lock mechanism has the advantage that it does not matter how fast you pull the trigger. The "laddle" trigger adds an upwards motion to the ball, the faster you push down the lever, the higher your hits.

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  75. You will enter in guinness record book for most powerful opereted rubber slingshot "cannon"!! Oxtraordinary work! Cant wait for video!

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  76. I. Am. In love. Not with you, Joerg, of course, but with the beautiful, beautiful deadly things you create. And what's more, I've got two lovely daughters, who are into slingshots as well. And a good thing too - keeps their boyfriends at bay ;-) Can't wait to see your cannon!

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  77. This is gunna be siiiiiiiiiiiick

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  78. Hello Jörg!

    You have inspired me to get out in the Swedish woods and collect materials to create an Slinger. Many thanks.

    Butt I really want to win that panther slingshot!

    Best regards,
    Klyken

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  79. yeah...i can't wait to see the finished project. i think it can take the whole door off with a shotput...just a guess. :)

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  80. ahhh i want to win the slingshot ): pleaseee jorge!

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  81. Hi Jorge,

    I really cant wait to see your cannon firing! I remember you saying that you live 300km away from the venue you will manufacture the device.

    Well, perhaps a 30mm ball may land close by!

    So, thank you kindly.

    Bye bye.

    Leif. Sydney

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  82. I cant wait to see that canon in action.. Who knows, maybe a debris will fly all the way to Croatia!! :) :D

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  83. Had a hard time sleeping last night due to a new injury and woke up cranky and depressed. But reviewing your Plunger video trailer was just the ticket to lift my spirits and start me off again with a good hardy laugh. It hurt my ribs to laugh, but it was worth it. The image of you opening your overcoat exposing the many plungers cracked me up as it always does.
    Joerg, you provide good fun entertainment with your humor and your hobby. I would suggest to your many new subscribers that they view your past videos for more fun and chuckles. They would get a better appreciation of all you do and have done along with your humor. All the best and thanks for the entertainment.

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  84. Beautiful slingshots!
    My father and I would always make our own projectiles together (slingshots, catapults, potato canons, you name it). It always took hard work and a lot of time but in the end they turned out great! My father has been watching your videos and has shared them with me as to inspire ideas on possibly making a slingshot. I love the white ebony custom slingshot - very nice. I hope that in the future we can make a slingshot and share it with you.

    -Ben Ross

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  85. I just think this thing is gonna hurt alot :P
    and i must say that i can´t wait to see it in action.

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  86. i absolutely can not wait for this! I am so excited! Knowing Jorg, it will turn out amazingly well.

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  87. Nice!!!Something that shoots shot puts must be crazy powerful

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  88. this will be lot's of fun I think!

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