Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Toy Winchester Rifle

This is as requested a DIY on, how to make a wooden toy Winchester rifle with a functioning lever action. NOTE: The lever is designed a bit different, than the real ting, for stability reason.

Step 1: The Principle Drawings

First I drew up the different layers in illustrator based on a real picture. Notice, that the trigger is included in the lever - that is done for stability reason...

Step 2: Preparing the Pieces

After printout in 1:1, I drew up the different templates on the 5 mm, 15 mm and 3 mm plywood according to the plan. I cut the pieces out with at electrical jigsaw.

Step 3: Assembling

You assemble the 1 layer to the stock but not the lever. (2. layer) with glue and maybe a couple of screws for the non-moving parts. Important. If you use screws, place them close to the middle so that you will still be able to rasp the stock into a nice round shape without hitting the screws...

The thickness of the lever has to be reduced just a little with sanding paper, so it will move smoothly. Then you attach some screws or otherwise carve two hooks to attach the rubber band to.

Drill a 6 mm hole in the turning center of the lever, then attach it to the stock/1-layer piece with a screw. You do it from the outside and the screw must be long enough to pass through the entire thickness of the rifle. (I actually sanded the screw down to mach the thickness)...

Step 4: Paint It

Well after rasping and final sanding, you are set to paint the gun. Important. Don't paint the moving parts. They might get stuck! You can use a black speed marker to draw some accenting lines to enhance or "make up" details if you like...

Just a layer of varnish and you are ready to make a little boy or girl the proud owner of a western rifle... Have fun.

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Pazzerz made it!(author)2017-02-19

You can scale the drawings on here with one of two programs: The Big Picture, which is free, or buy Matthias Wandel's Big Print, which is a much better program that allows you to take a measurement from a real item and use that to make a 1:1 (or any size) template from your silhouette drawings. It will allow you to print on several pages, if need be to get the complete drawing.

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monkeywork made it!(author)2016-09-13

I made this for a show I'm in! Great design. Made a couple 'hero' versions and several dummy versions for set pieces.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Lever-Action-Rifle-Prop/

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Zenoscope made it!(author)2016-07-23

I made a cardboard version of this, and will make some wooden ones sometime. thanks for the 'ible and the idea if tracing gun shapes.

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2016-07-23

Cool. I would be happy if you'd share a picture or two :-)

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The+cloud+1808 made it!(author)2016-02-24

amazing I love Sam winchea

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2016-02-24

Thanks Cloud 1808 :-)

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NoynonMayta made it!(author)2016-01-20

not shooting?

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PeterW33 made it!(author)2015-12-31

schade das kein Plan zum ausdrucken dabei ist!

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2015-12-31

Na, ja... aber die Zeichnungen sin massstabsgetreu abgebildet. Du musst sie nur in der gewünschten Grösse ausdrukken, dann gehts los :-)

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JoeDiCara made it!(author)2015-01-15

Great design and plan. Do the PDF download include dimensions for overall rifle and each part? I'm wondering about signing up. Is the a way to buy just this one plan instead of signing up as Pro?

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2015-01-15

Hi! My instructable doesn't include dimensions – it's ment as a generic idea :-) – to show what's possible – sorry :-) But if you print out the picture really big you should be able to trace your own blueprint on paper.
If you cut out the paper parts, you should be able to check if everyting will work, once it's done i wood. – Hope that helped :-)

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JoeDiCara made it!(author)2015-01-16

ok. If you don't mind telling, what's the overall length of the rifle you made? Or length of the "barrel" past wood part just to give a sense of length? Thanks.

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2015-01-17

The barrel is about 35 cm. I scaled it to fit a 10 year old. If it's for an adult, you might make it a bit longer - say 40-45 cm...

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dr.who4 made it!(author)2015-01-09

That's cool, I'm going to use that design and make the rosebox shotgun from terminator.

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2015-01-10

Awesome! Please do post a picture when your are done :-)

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Watboys04 made it!(author)2012-09-30

Does it shoot rubberbands or no???

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2012-09-30

In this model, the rubber band is purely used to retract the lever back into the idle position, but you are on to a nice idea for version two :-) ...

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Watboys04 made it!(author)2012-09-30

U da man!!!!

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LiftAndLove made it!(author)2012-09-20

Has anyone shot one of these or a similar gun? I shot a .44 lever-action rifle, and it was probably my most favorite gun Ive shot!

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Cyclone1764 made it!(author)2012-09-17

thats cool, my friends always saying f i make him a winchestor prop he'll pay me €5, but i would charge atleast €100 for 1

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2012-09-17

Thanks. Well to the batmobile then... Go for it!

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Cyclone1764 made it!(author)2012-09-18

lol :)

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M3G made it!(author)2012-09-13

This is great!

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The+Rambler made it!(author)2012-09-05

Very cool.

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shiftins made it!(author)2012-08-24

HAHAh this is freaking sweet man thanks for sharing

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inspiredwood made it!(author)2012-08-25

Thanks – my pleasure...

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desertsniper made it!(author)2012-08-24

i think i want to make this for my nephew but i want to try to make moving parts!
great job!

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desertsniper made it!(author)2012-08-24

rather, internal parts*

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machoturtle made it!(author)2012-08-23

man once again totally awesome! the instructions are clear, the pictures are great, the product is cool! thx for posting this!

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