Introduction: How to Make a Pickle Harpoon

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I got the idea from the halfbakery and i decided to "bake" it

Step 1: Gather Supplies

For this Project you will need these things;

Small Spring Cannon (my other instructable)
duct tape
jigsaw blade
small thread spool
1/2 in wooden dowel
2 washers
hot glue
scrap wood


metal grinder
vice (or pliers)
hot glue gun

Step 2: Make the Harpoon Gun

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cut a piece of scrap wood about 2 in by 8 in by 1/2 in

drill a hole in the upper corner right or left (slightly smaller than the nail)

sandwich the thread spool between two washers and stick the nail through

hammer the nail into the hole so the spool can't move side to side, but can rotate freely

duct tape the spring cannon to the wood

Step 3: Make the Harpoon P1

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cut the dowel to about 2 1/2 in

cut a notch at the diameter

drill a hole in the middle

thread the string through and tie it

Step 4: Make the Harpoon P2

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use the vice to break the jigsaw blade in half
(clamp it and bend it until it breaks)

use the grinder to sharpen the tips

put hot glue on the notched end of the dowel

stick the blades in the notch throught the molten hot glue (teeth pointing out)

let the glue cool

Step 5: Finish It

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make sure the harpoon fits in the cannon
if it slides out when pointed down use pliers to bend the barrel slightly
the harpoon should easily come out but not easy enough for it to fall out

the harpoon blade looks awesome

Step 6: Go Pickle Hunting

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Vendigroth (author)2007-06-15

the gravity where you are is F-'d up
that or i don't have the sense to tilt my head (_)
nice work on the harpwn

digital01 (author)Vendigroth2009-07-28

What if the gravity where he is isnt F-'d up but instead our gravity is F-'d up ʎʞɐǝɹɟ

¿unɟ ʇɐǝɹb sıɥʇ ʇusı

lol ty, and yes it is XD 1o1

corey_caffeine (author)2009-07-01

An elegant solution to a big problem.

lucius108 (author)corey_caffeine2009-07-18

ya and fun till theres one pickle left

mando_jtt (author)2009-06-19

Just a suggestion that may be helpful. Try winding your recovery line (thread/string) on parallel 2 rods that are oriented towards the target (pickle). Wind the line starting closest to the base and working toward the tip. This will cause less drag on the projectile and thus, you will achieve greater range.

periperi (author)2009-04-22

this is possibly the worst thing I have ever seen in my entire life. why would you even bother posting this piece of crap on the Internet. Just Kidding its actually really good. i made one today. it doesn't work. just kidding it actually does work.

thedog458 (author)2008-04-13

hey this is a relly good instructable bt the blade is from a hack saw not a jig saw but still relly good

RickO5 (author)thedog4582008-06-03

Looks like the blades off my jigsaw to me

KI4WLG (author)RickO52008-06-04

Definitely jigsaw/sabersaw blades. Hacksaw blades are thicker. Great instructable! I'm almost tempted to go make one right now!

Black Cat (author)KI4WLG2008-09-27

looks like a coping saw blade to me...

RickO5 (author)Black Cat2008-09-28

You know, you're right. I looked on my box of Jigsaw blades, and it said coping saw blades on the side. I'm just glad they fit.

Black Cat (author)RickO52008-09-29

yeh in all reality who cares wat they r as long as they do the job n look good lol...

nuclearscience (author)2008-07-17

wouldn't it work if you used fishing line instead of string, & a bigger spring & shot it at fish

Shifrin (author)2008-01-02

I'll stick to my fancy barbequin' stick LOL Jk awesome instructable!

brainspater (author)2007-12-22

nice invention dude.

master-of-chaos (author)2007-04-27

the thing is really diabolical looking

Kaiven (author)master-of-chaos2007-11-17

lol yeah...any minute he comes..! the Sadistic Pickle Harpooner!!

toogood (author)2007-05-23

cool i might make a large version for fishing

LoneRanger (author)2006-11-30

Now all that needs to be done is make a clip type holder thingy (instead of ducttape to hold the spring gun). This is so you can mount it on the harpoon gun frame and then take it off

austin (author)2006-07-22

have you seen those little pickle grabbers, they are like little four finger claws.

AlexTheGreat (author)austin2006-07-23

but that wouldn't be nearly as cool as a harpoon

mrbob1000 (author)2006-07-22

that blade was from a coping saw not a jigsaw

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