This slingshot is patterned after the ones my grandfather and father made. It requires a "Y" shaped stick, some rubber bands or rubber cut from old inner tube, small diameter string or dental floss,and some old shoe leather or suitable material to make a small pouch to hold projectile. You will also need a sharp pocket knife and a hand saw capable of making a smooth cut in wood.
Step 1: Find an appropriate "Y" shaped handle
The hardest part of making the slingshot is finding a good handle. You need to walk through woods looking up into the tree branches looking for a suitable "Y" shaped fork. In the Southeast U.S. the Maple Tree is commonly used because it has a lot of forked limbs and the wood is lightweight and strong.
Step 2: Cut and Prepare the Handle
The slingshot needs to be about eight inches long from the bottom of the handle to the top of the forks. The forks need to be about four inches long. It is best to use a saw to insure a smooth cut, I used a hacksaw.
Peel the bark off the handle by using the knife to separate the bark from the wood. this is easily done while the wood is still green.
Next use the knife to trim and smooth the knots and bumps on the handle, and trim the rough edges on the ends of the handle.
You then cut small grooves on the ends of the forks about 1/4 inch down from the top. The grooves keep the strings holding the rubber bands in place.