Introduction: File Bow

Picture of File Bow

This is a bow You can make out of the metal strips in hanging files.

Step 1: Stuff You Will Need.

Picture of Stuff You Will Need.

You will need a few simple things:
3'-4' of Nylon string,
1-2 files to got the bow staff from,
(Optional) Lighter to burn off fuzz and finish it.

Step 2: Bow Staff

Take the piece of metal and bend it a little bit.

Step 3: Stringing the Bow.

Picture of Stringing the Bow.

Tie the string th one end in the notch then wrap 10-12 times and tie again.
repeat with other side.

Step 4: (Optional) Burning the Fuzz.

Picture of (Optional) Burning the Fuzz.

Take the lighter and burn off any fuzz from the ends where you tied it (be careful not to melt the actual string!).

Step 5: Arrows.

Picture of Arrows.

When you are finished you can use wooden skewers for arrows.
If you can think of anything else you can use for arrows, or any improvements please comment.


lizard657 (author)2012-02-19

how far does it shoot?

William! (author)2011-07-17

Man im dying to get nylon string where do you get it???? Cheers :D

recon man sol (author)2010-12-31

that is pretty cool but where do you get the metal

TyMan210 (author)recon man sol2011-02-04

There's a link in step one.

Shafa100 (author)TyMan2102011-07-12

i cant find it

sora5551 (author)2010-05-01

instead of string cut a thin rubberband in half and tie it to the end and another sollution for ammo is chop sticks

greymatter21 (author)sora55512010-06-03

fk rubber bands at least he has an original* bow idea

*not using rubber bands

TyMan210 (author)greymatter212010-06-04

In my experience rubber bands just break. I wanted to use something stronger. I would've used elastic cord if I had some.

DBMods (author)2010-01-23

 if you have a drill you can drill a hole in about the middle of the file and shoot the metal skewer through that to make it more accurate 

Kendallkip (author)2010-01-14

lol that solder burn

sharlston (author)2009-08-10

where do i obtain these files? :)

quesoman (author)sharlston2009-12-14

almost all office supply stores should have them. Staples. Office Max. Office Depot. Maybe even Target.

bjornacorn (author)2009-08-10

Exactly where in the file is it? :

TyMan210 (author)bjornacorn2009-08-10

It is only in hanging files like these:

Capt. Kidd (author)2009-07-14

umm dude you said you can wooden skewers as arrows, it should be you can use wooden skewers. just telling you your mistake.

TyMan210 (author)Capt. Kidd2009-07-14

Ok, thanks for pointing it out. It is fixed.

roo525 (author)2009-06-04

So... does it fire well? It looks as if the metal pieces are flimsey, or could bend easily. If you glued two together, you could probobly get around this problem.

TyMan210 (author)roo5252009-06-04

It fires about ten feet at the most. But i changed mine...

lazymoocher (author)2009-05-15

This doesn't look very safe!

TyMan210 (author)lazymoocher2009-05-16

Most things I do are unsafe. Safe is illogical.

bubba j (author)TyMan2102009-06-02

me 2 most unsafe and not very bright like bare handing pike inlake mish and rattle snakes in az so if you see a kid doing somthing not very bright thats most likely me

Camisado (author)TyMan2102009-05-19

True... P.S.: I think you'll like my slideshows an I'bles...They're all about weapons!

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