For those of you who want to make your own atlatl, you would be hard pressed to find a better, more informative site than “Thud’s Cave”. The plans are fine line drawings with all necessary measurements given. The tools you would need to make any of these designs are:
- Table saw
- Band saw
- Drill press
- Belt Sander or at least an oscillating electric sander
Electric hand drill
- Wood Rasp (I prefer the shinto rasp. Look it up on the internet.)
- Round Bastard File – 1/2 Diameter – (I found mine on the internet. Local hardware stores, even the big box ones don’t have it.) I use this file exclusively for making a 30 degree channel in the rear of the atlatl to receive a 1/2 inch diameter oak dowel rod spur.
- Lots of sandpaper, 40 grit, 60 grit, 80 grit, 100 grit, 150 grit, 220 grit. (You’ll be pleasantly surprised how well 40 grit sandpaper can make your worst cutting mistakes disappear Then its just a matter of sanding your way through the grit levels until you reach baby bottom smooth at 220 grit.
- Duct tape. You can back long strips of paper back sandpaper with the duct tape and “shoe shine” the atlatl while its in a vice.
- A good glue. I prefer PC-7 glue. Its two cans, white and black, mix it on a piece of cardboard with a flat stick. it has a fudge consistency. It does not run, it does not shrink. Takes 12 hours to cure so you got plenty of time to work with it. When it dries, its as hard as wood but sands easily. (You can find it on the internet.)
Ray Strischek, Athens Ohio