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How to make a wooden toy Winchester rifle

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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.

 
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Step 1: The principle drawings

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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

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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

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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

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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.
Watboys041 year ago
Does it shoot rubberbands or no???
inspiredwood (author)  Watboys041 year ago
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 :-) ...
Watboys041 year ago
U da man!!!!
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!
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
inspiredwood (author)  Cyclone17641 year ago
Thanks. Well to the batmobile then... Go for it!
lol :)
M3G1 year ago
This is great!
Very cool.
shiftins1 year ago
HAHAh this is freaking sweet man thanks for sharing
inspiredwood (author)  shiftins1 year ago
Thanks – my pleasure...
i think i want to make this for my nephew but i want to try to make moving parts!
great job!
rather, internal parts*
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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