Step 1: Parts

Here are the parts/things you need.

-chop saw (or hand tools)


-coping saw (hand tool)

-cable staples (those thinges that are like staples that go on cable

-long bolt with nut on the end

-wood (DUH)

-sports rubber

Step 2: The Stock, and the guide

I suggest that you use a 2x4 piece of wood for the stock. There really isn't much to tell you except that you should know, all you have to do is to trace the shape of the stock on the piece of wood as well as making a V notch, and cut it out with a jigsaw. Mine is a 17" piece of wood and I put the center of the notch at the 9" mark from the front of the stock.

To make the guide I used 3 cable staples centered in the middle of the stock 1", 2", and 5" mark from the front of the stock.

This is mine:
My trigger mechanism failed so i just used two pegs with a gap in between them to fit the arrow.
bwool13 years ago
This might go farther if you braided several rubber bands together instead of just one.
wolfman2152 (author)  bwool13 years ago
That is a very good idea, im going to try that. thank you for the imput.
was surgical tubing ever a thought?
wolfman2152 (author)  The3rdPunch3 years ago
well, its a good idea but may be to thick
You're very welcome. I tried to make a simple crossbow awhile back with fiberglass rods and PVC pipe, but i gave up. It was really heavy, but it shot about 20 feet.
alex46464 years ago
its cool, but maybe use wood tension not rubber bands for this beatiful thing. i mean why do all the work for this when you can glue 2 rulers together, add a clothespin and rubber band and ba boom.
anyways, good job
The elastic ruins the whole thing, it is now technically a slingshot, and not a crossbow, as the "bow" does absolute nothing. That aside, the rest of it looks good.
wolfman2152 (author)  alex46464 years ago
yeah thanks for the feed back, this is my first big project. i will try to improve my futre projects


OMFG dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!O.O     thats tha best c/bow ive ever seen!!!!!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nice job on tha trigger thing.=P
it wouldve been cooler if it uses torsion/tortion(however its spelled=P)to propell tha projectiles/ammo.but nice job!
wolfman2152 (author)  greymatter214 years ago
thanks, i really want input about my project. so i might be able to change it.

thanks greymatter

 Mine shoots wooden skewers 5 - 10 meters using rubber bands. It's actually an inefficient design so I should change it. It's too hard to reload and is prone to failure in the rain and only lasts for a few days of continuous use. 
 Nice firing mechanism anyway
wolfman2152 (author)  nutsandbolts_644 years ago
yeah it is not very good. i am not very good with wood. thanks for the imput.

if you hot glue a nail onto the end of the bbq skewer will go much further and stick into walls and trees i made a bow type thing by just gluing a rubberband across a bbq skewer and using a bit of copper wire to guide the arrow and it shot above trees
That looks clean and nice (thats tight).
wolfman2152 (author)  ohiostbuckboy5 years ago
finfan75 years ago
This isn't really a crossbow so much as a crossbow-shaped slingshot. Good job though.
wolfman2152 (author)  finfan75 years ago
yea i guess your right. but i dont think i should change the name.