Introduction: Cracker Chucker.

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A simple device to throw small cheesey crackers great distances. You know, like you always wanted to.

Step 1: Materials and Tools.

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You will need corrugated card, glue (I used hot-glue) and assorted sharp things.

Step 2: What to Do (part the First)

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Corrugated card comes in a variety of thicknesses. Use a handy micrometer to compare the thickness of your cracker and your card. As you can see, the cracker is about twice as thick as the card, so the middle layer of card will have to be double thickness.

Cut four strips of card. The exact dimensions are not critical. My strips ended up as almost two feet long, because that was the size of the card I had, and about two inches wide because I had a two-inch wide piece of timber that I could use as a ruler.

One end of the card will be the handle, so round it off. The other end won't be the handle, but you can still round off one corner.

Step 3: Make It (part the Second)

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The two pieces that will make up the middle layers of the chucker need to be cut down to make the slot that the cracker will run in.

Again, dimensions are not critical (look at the photos to get an idea), but I left a curve of card at the far end of the chucker to give a "flick" to the cracker's flight.

Glue the layers together. I used hot-glue because it was quick, adds an element of strength to the structure, and I had already switched the thing on when I walked into the shed. Make sure that the cracker runs smoothly down the slot.

When the layers are firmly stuck, trim the ends for neatness' sake.

Step 4: Use It

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Put the cracker in the slot at the handle end and give the thing a flick.

The style you use is up to you - over-hand, sideways - but remember, folks, even a cheesy snack can cause pain at high speed.

Comments

tayatipoop (author)2010-09-24

nice pocit knife

watermelonhead (author)2009-11-03

Something to do at lunch XD

xerxesx20 (author)2009-05-04

I like the idea and the cracker in the micrometer is just somehow -- comic.

A buddy of mine used to wing "Mini-Cheddars" (I don't care for them myself, cheese doesn't do me any favours) about and they flew in the most bizarre way -- they sweeped and swerved often a long way from the direct route, making nigh-on impossible motions, BUT they nearly always hit the target, they were super-duper-deadly-lethal. They are a must-try in this contraption!

8-D

Anyways, my ol' buddy would've loved this 'ible!

Right the next bit is just off-topic (and dross in general) and I have had far too much caffeine today and seem not to be able to stop typing, for fear of getting normal-looking fingers, instead of the vaguely concave ones that typists have.

I remember back when I was at school (don't get me started going on about the morons who spoiled it for me, especially science -- we never did practical! 8-( and I was in the wrong set. It's my favourite subject -- there are so many different sciences, it's deliciously varied!)

While I was doing my GCSE's one question said "Name three subatomic particles." So I did and I thought "I'm not putting the obvious ones, sod that!" and so I put gluons, quarks and electrons, I later found out I only got a mark for electrons, that's just crap!

Sorry for the off-topic ness of it all, caffeine has many a strange effect on the weak minded apes known as humans. Come to think of it, did you ever see an image of a spiders web when it's doped on caffeine?

It's here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caffeinated_spiderwebs.jpg

Fascinating!

Kiteman (author)2007-06-03

OK, Kitewife is fed up of having cracker shrapnel in the garden. Has anybody made one of these and actually measured their range? (BTW, this is the first Instructable I have done that I have seen turn up in those changing images on the homepage. Gosh.)

hailtothkngbby (author)Kiteman2009-03-29

With the original cardboard one I made, my range was 40-50 meters. With the new aluminum one I made, the range is closer to 65 meters barring the wind. Also, after getting hit with an errant cracker I can say, they are moving pretty quickly and leave a monster of a welt. Exercise cracker-caution.

Kiteman (author)hailtothkngbby2009-03-29

Cool, thanks!

Eddbot (author)Kiteman2007-06-17

you did the jet engine out of the jar right? cuz i saw that on the changing pics thingy

Kiteman (author)Eddbot2007-06-18

Yes, that was mine. I must just blink at the wrong time or something!

hailtothkngbby (author)2009-03-29

Okay, ran a box of crackers through it before it fell apart. I think my choice of cardboard was a little off. So, undeterred, I headed to my shop and started searching. I came up with an aluminum version. I simply took a piece of sheet 20 gauge aluminum and cut it 2 foot by 8 inches, then put it on my break and put two ninety degree bends in it a quarter inch apart so it came out like a thin piece of 'c' channel. I then put a 2 foot by 1/4 inch piece of rubber down the inside spine to give the cracker traction so it would have some spin. Then wrapped the handle in some heat-shrink so the aluminum edges wouldn't cut. I'll tell you, it worked so well, i immediately made a second one for my brother-in-law.

Kiteman (author)hailtothkngbby2009-03-29

Wow, thank you for that! Why not make another, take photos as you do, and then post your own instructable?

hailtothkngbby (author)Kiteman2009-03-29

I would have, but I didn't want to yank the focus of someone else's 'ible, simply because of a material change, lol. However, if you say it's okay, I might just do that.

Kiteman (author)hailtothkngbby2009-03-29

Fine by me.

origamimavin (author)2007-07-22

they actually sell things that do this, exactly. it's used for skeet shooting practice. instead of using clay pigeons to shoot, crackers can be used. it's more eco-friendly and much cheaper.

all the clay pigeons iv ever seen are made out of fertiliser and break down on the ground

Kiteman (author)glassspider21422008-01-02

They sound like environmentally-friendly substitutes - they really did used to be made of clay. I used to know a chap who made clay pigeons - he actually worked in a coke factory, and the left-over gunk was moulded into the "clays" under great pressure, and painted clay-coloured afterwards. They were tough enough to survive a couple of firings and a winging by a pellet or two - he used them as coasters, but didn't wash them, because hot water made them sticky.

Vendigroth (author)Kiteman2008-01-22

A freind and i found a clay pigeon range not too far away, once, so, we found one, UNDAMAGED on the floor (and they're brittle. They redefine brittleness) So, we picked it up and took it home, and, on the way, we thought, "Hey, it it's made of clay, it's heat-resistant, right?" So we got the idea of using it to cast metal. The moment the flare from hte torch hit it, part of it burst into flames, with big black smoke....

Most commercially made clay pigeons are actually made of asphalt pitch. It's very flammable and the smoke is highly toxic. Not to mention if you stand in the smoke it will make your skin burn. A lot of commercial roofs are poured from liquid pitch. Very nasty stuff.

Kiteman (author)origamimavin2007-07-23

No way! Ha, I bet my version is cheaper! (Is "skeet shooting" the American name for "clay pigeon shooting"?)

PKTraceur (author)Kiteman2009-03-22

Skeet shooting is basically trap shooting here in US. -PKT

Sunbanks (author)Kiteman2007-08-12

That's what it's called when you shoot clay pigeons?! I live in America and never really knew what skeet shooting was. I knew what clay pigeons were since I was like four.

PKTraceur (author)Sunbanks2008-12-18

Its also called "Trap Shooting."

corey_caffeine (author)Kiteman2008-08-10

c'est vrai (cajun heritage ftw)

origamimavin (author)Kiteman2007-07-23

yea, this one is a lot cheaper. the one i've seen has a thrower that's metal and a handle similar to a small hand gardening shovel. and yes, they are the same thing.

hailtothkngbby (author)2009-03-21

Wow! I am so happy I thought to look here first! My brother-in-law and I wanted to go trap shooting tomorrow and we didn't want to break pitch targets all over the field right before it gets planted. Thanks for a very useful 'ible!

Kiteman (author)hailtothkngbby2009-03-22

You're welcome!

Bartboy (author)2008-09-30

gosh kiteman! you just can't stop showing off your leatherman! well ive had it! JK nice ible, but dose it really go that much further

Kiteman (author)Bartboy2008-09-30

It does if you're not good at throwing small fragile crackers.

Bartboy (author)Kiteman2008-09-30

Genetics my friend, the art of cracker tossing has been passed down my family for generations.

jackaroo (author)2007-08-24

kiteman you could just use your paper catapult but make the bucket bit longer and slimer to hold the crackers i would think that they would fly well

jakee117 (author)2007-08-16

ditto i dont get it

Sunbanks (author)2007-08-12

I once threw a cracker at someone and he threw me in the lake.

That Hurt This Time (author)2007-06-08

That one that's turned over looks evil.

hahaha... i don't get it? oh.. haha i get it ha ha.....wow.. -J

Huh??

Aestheticxtattoos (author)2007-07-05

video?

Me swinging a lump of card? Not such an exciting image. Plus, it has responded badly to the current wet weather, and curled up :-(

LasVegas (author)2007-05-20

So... Is everyone better when they've been hitz by a Ritz?

StepsoftheSun (author)LasVegas2007-06-26

Haha.

pyro-genius (author)2007-06-03

This is awesome. It took me a couple tries before I started to get the hang of it, but I finally got it, I would say about 30 ft was the farthest I got, but I could be wrong, because Im not too great with measurements, the one I made was also pretty messy because I used a knife to cut my material because I couldnt find any scissors.

Vendigroth (author)2007-05-30

go to full Kiteman status and make rocket-powered crackers! I considered finishing off my skittle gun yesterday, but i ate all the amunition ages ago..... Thos just means i'll have to get to work, eh?

porkdemon (author)2007-05-22

CRACKERS OF DOOM!!! cool instructable, simple yet deadly.

hg341 (author)2007-05-22

wow i shold do this

Danny (author)2007-05-21

simple and cool

Aeshir (author)2007-05-20

w00t

nickdisney (author)2007-05-20

hmm... i was just thinking about making one of these a few minutes ago... laws of attraction at work...

lemonie (author)2007-05-20

I've always wanted to do this: I hate this type of cracker. Does this work for standard square cream crackers? How far have you flung these? L

Kiteman (author)lemonie2007-05-20

I have a small garden, so not far, although I may have to do some explaining if I bump into a couple of the naighbours before the birds clear up the crumbs. As for the square crackers, maybe. Make a bigger chucker and let me know!

PetervG (author)2007-05-20

Awesome!

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