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    Quote Originally Posted by I.N.F.K View Post
    Made this a couple weeks ago
    I can't figure out the braiding method you used on putting that together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_K View Post
    I can't figure out the braiding method you used on putting that together.
    Just a three strand braid. Same method to do a basic braid on hair
    I tried acting normal, worst five minutes of my life

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    Alright gentlemen, and anyone/anything else present. I present the upgraded Thunderball.





    Unlike the previous version, the new version has a bolt running all the way through it, and secured on the other side by whatever this threaded end cap is called, seated snugly in a recessed hole just deep enough to make it flush with the surface.



    I have no idea where the crack-like imperfection in the finish came from during the whole process. All I know is that I've run my thumb over it quite a bit and can't feel anything there.

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    In Poland, hundreds of years ago, the peasants could not afford weapons made from metal. They improvised by cutting inscisions into young ash trees at intervals over a long period of time and inserting sharp pieces of flint. Over time, the tree grew around the jagged rock so securly that it became part of the tree. Nothing could dislodge them and they could penetrate the toughest armor. When the tree was around 3" in diameter, it was harvested. They used these to fight invading muslim hoards from the Ottoman Empire and Mongol and Tartar raiders from central Asia. (I'm trying this right now with blue beech trees substituting steel for flint.)

    Source: "Poland" by James A Mitchener, page 92.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowballsnowflake View Post
    In Poland, hundreds of years ago, the peasants could not afford weapons made from metal. They improvised by cutting inscisions into young ash trees at intervals over a long period of time and inserting sharp pieces of flint. Over time, the tree grew around the jagged rock so securly that it became part of the tree. Nothing could dislodge them and they could penetrate the toughest armor. When the tree was around 3" in diameter, it was harvested. They used these to fight invading muslim hoards from the Ottoman Empire and Mongol and Tartar raiders from central Asia. (I'm trying this right now with blue beech trees substituting steel for flint.)

    Source: "Poland" by James A Mitchener, page 92.
    Very interesting!

    I've seen trees that have grown with abrbed wire though them, completely smothered nails etc. I think blue beech is toxic? so double check that before you touch any fresh cuts or use the other bits for crafting stuff lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samon View Post
    Very interesting!

    I've seen trees that have grown with abrbed wire though them, completely smothered nails etc. I think blue beech is toxic? so double check that before you touch any fresh cuts or use the other bits for crafting stuff lol.
    This is certainly my first hearing of something like that. Also my first hearing of something like blue beech, so I looked it up. The genus is also known as ironwood, and is used in tool handles, longbows, canes, and golf clubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyengineer View Post
    Just cut these on the water jet last Friday, they are with a friend currently getting head blasted and parkerized. They are cut out of half inch plate, don't know what material other than steel (used a piece of scrap)

    That came out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_K View Post
    Alright gentlemen, and anyone/anything else present. I present the upgraded Thunderball.


    ...
    I have no idea where the crack-like imperfection in the finish came from during the whole process. All I know is that I've run my thumb over it quite a bit and can't feel anything there.
    Yeah, now there's no way that's coming apart unless the ball just flat out breaks. Nicely done.

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    Monkey Fist. 1" or larger ball bearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sh00ter01 View Post
    Yeah, now there's no way that's coming apart unless the ball just flat out breaks. Nicely done.
    I'm not sure what would break first. The guys at Zombie Go Boom tested one with some shock stickers like Mythbusters used, and it withstood blows that triggered the 100 pound sticker. Although the 1/4" eye bolt says it's rated for 80 pounds.

    Quote Originally Posted by WValtakis View Post
    Or larger, you say?
    Is that 9 passes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WValtakis View Post
    Yup, 2" ball

    ~Chip
    I would so want to drill and tap one of those to screw in an eye bolt. Paint the whole thing black and make a serious thunderball. No risk of breakage then.

  14. #494
    This is my latest.



    A wrecking ball with a good 24" reach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_K View Post
    This is my latest.



    A wrecking ball with a good 24" reach.
    1" ball? About how much cord goes into something like this? Thinking of making one...

  16. #496
    Quote Originally Posted by sh00ter01 View Post
    1" ball?
    Yeah

    About how much cord goes into something like this? Thinking of making one...
    Depends on how much reach you want to have. I had the end strands at about 4 feet just to be sure. I forgot the length of the piece I was using, but I think it was around 30 feet. I had a lot of small pieces left over when it was done.

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    interesting thread for a browse lol. I have had this thing laying around for a good few years now..i use it in the garden, mostly for weeding & breaking up dirt.
    its a big thick hook shaped blade welded onto a bicycle seat post with shrink wrap over the join.

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    Iron Tesson I had made. ( Glad to see this thread still going )

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    I wondered what that thing on the bottom was. Did you use the stock removal method for making it?

    What sort of setup is that on the monkey's fist? It looks like some sort of ring on the end to allow its reach to be extended if necessary.

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