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This article of desktop weaponry accommodates multiple rounds of ammunition, launches exploding tipped cross-bow bolts, and slings wooden matches over 30 feet away. In this project we're turning some ordinary household items, into a surprisingly versatile, micro-crossbow.

 
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Step 1: Watch the Video!

WARNING: The depictions of launching sparklers in this video are for demonstrational purposes only and are not intended to be duplicated. While this little contraption is micro-scale, it can still be dangerous to some degree. Use care and caution when choosing your ammunition, be aware of your surroundings, and never shoot at people or property. There may be risks associated with these projects that require experience, and/or adult supervision. Use of video content is at your own risk.

Step 2: Sticks and Templates

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Start this project with a handful of popsicle sticks, and a template showing how to cut them.

You can get a free template and instructions here

Once the popsicle sticks are all marked, use something like a pair of gardening shears to cut the pieces to size without ever having to make a single measurement.

When all the pieces are cut, paint them completely black with a permanent marker.

The ink will probably take just a minute to dry, so now would be a good time to round up some metal hair clips.

Step 3: Limbs and Support

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You'll only need 2 of them, and with a little manipulation, the inside clip will break off cleanly at the bottom.

The first step of assembly is securing the clips to the wooden supports with a bit of hot glue, so that when it cools, the limbs arch away from each other in a bow shape.

Next, go ahead and add some hot glue to the inside of the arch and press the second support firmly into place.

I cleaned up the excess glue with a utility knife to get the look you see here.

The next part focuses on making the pistol grip.

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gemtreeyesterday

If you are required to give an email to get the template, I do not consider that to be free.

MagicTK7 days ago

Very cool instructable. You could insert a needle into a match that has the head cut off (or just the back end) then it could stick into things.

Awesome!

BOSS

AdnamaG1 month ago

Could you shoot flaming bolts too?

wmusser made it!2 months ago

Quite fun and addicting to make.

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zureina wmusser2 months ago

Where did you get the template from?

zureina2 months ago

I am still trying to get the template!

kevinb42 months ago

i want the cut templte

actionguy95 made it!2 months ago

My attempt. I feel I did pretty good.

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msilva423 months ago
easy fun :)
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Heyy I have been watching your you tube videos and I was wondering what is the kno3 (stump remover and where can I get it)
WTdolby5 months ago

Not to sound stupid, but how are you supposed to fire it? Just push up on the string?

yup you just push up on the string and it should catch and launch the bolt

BATMANluc3 months ago
I recently became a member on sonic-dad and made this. It is really cool and suggest making it.
ksalar3 months ago
RIOT_LEGEND693 months ago

awesome! I made my own defferent version that works just as well and Im thinking of uploading it!

This is awsome!
cole4 made it!4 months ago

works really well: my prototype was a failure, but i built it again and it works great! Yet to try it with pop-its :)

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GuavChenko4 months ago
I used 3mm jolt head nails with their heads cut off for bolts. They are a bit heavy, but look awesome when you load them.
GuavChenko4 months ago
Nice going King. How much of a spark do those popper things make?
Manning884 months ago

will someone send me the template?

tetra284 months ago
This thing is awesome. I glued the slanted side to the bow part and it works just fine. As you may see on the picture I made a little clip wire to keep the string taunt. I also made an arrow by glueing a pellet for pellet guns on to a section of skewer.
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bayern994 months ago

can you send me the link please ???

fstrada5 months ago

it doesn't open me the template link

Fishyfish1235 months ago
I made it! Thanks for link and instructions!
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caiano-995 months ago

thank for this great project and the upgrades . also thanx for the sonic dad link which got me 12 free projects

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In high school we stuck two matches in the half of a ball pen that contains the spring. Then light the matches, and within a second the heads shrink because they burn and the two burning matches are launched by the spring in the pen. They make it easiliy to the other side of the classroom. The only preparation one needs is a tiny little rope to prevent the spring from escaping the pen.

doodlecraft5 months ago

Another awesome project! I love this one...will have to make some with my boys! Thanks! :)

Here is my own crossbow it uses a metal rake tine and popsicle sticks, with a little foam for decoration. I use sections of wire coat hangers flatend and sharpened on one end. On the whole its pretty dangerous lol

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COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How do you fire the gun one not the crossbow (the part in Making An Upgrade.)

El Mano5 months ago

That's too cool.

noobtopro5 months ago
Cool
yjuntao5 months ago

i watched all of your videos at youtube.All of your videos all cool ,ay the king of random.

rower-115 months ago

That is the best instructable in the universe! You are amazing

nerfrocketeer5 months ago
Awesome!

love this crossbow! I had to use Bobby pins for the limbs Instead but it still works great! Really liked and hope you make more cool instructables

pucksurfer5 months ago
I get that it goes far but is it accurate?
Jobar0075 months ago

Ideally you should do it like they used to: make your bow to have the points of the clips angled slightly up. The goal is to have your prod angled in such a way that the string is lightly pressing on the body. You can finesse fit it by stringing the prod before gluing it to your body and then gluing it down once you get it in the right place.

This is a good idea and makes use of common items.

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