Introduction: PVC Slingshot Bow V 2.0 With Shooting Demo (Video)
This project is the sequel to my first PVC Slingshot bow which I made last year. I have completely redesigned the slingshot and arrows go give it more power.
If you don't prefer to read, you can skip it and watch the video instead where I have explained all the steps in detail. If you do, then continue reading the written steps along with pictures in the following steps. Find out more similar projects and gadget reviews on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/miibooth
You can watch how I made the first version here:
Step 1: Redesign the Handle
This is what you'll need:
1- 3/4 in PVC pipe (roughly 15cm)
2- 3/4 in T joint.
3- 3/4 in screw joint
4- 3/4 in PVC cap
5- PVC cement.
6- Hot glue
7- Rubber bands (12)
For the arrows
1- Wooden skewer sticks.
2- 1 inch steel nails
3- Electrical tape.
5- Clear plastic tape and super glue.
6- Optionally some spray paint.
Steps to follow:
1- Make a straight edge U on both sides of the T joint. These will be our handles for the rubber bands
2- Drill along the marks at close distances from each other to make a perforated pattern.
3- Use the drill bit to eat through the thin walls between the holes. (Alternately, you can use a hot nail to cut through the PVC just like I did in my first video)
4- Use some sanding paper o clean up the handles so it doesn't damage the rubber bands.
Step 2: Dry Fit the Slingshot Parts
1- Separate the screw joint and place each part on either sides of the T joint just like in the pictures.
The Male part of the screw joint is not meant to fit into a 3/4 in T joint but with some sanding around the edges I was able to fit in in nicely.
2- The PVC pipe goes at the bottom of the T joint as the handle. I cut my previous bow for the unused pipe.
3- And finally, the cap fits at the bottom of the handle for some added aesthetics.
When all the parts have been dry fitted, I gave them a nice coat of red and black coz it just looks better that way.
Step 3: Glue the Bow Together
1- Once the paint has dried, glue all the parts together and let them dry for at least 15-30 min.
2- Then insert the bands into their handles and place a dab of hot glue on the openings to prevent the bands from escaping the handles. I'm using 6 bands on each side. And the pouch comes from an old slingshot. You can make one easily from an old shoe or any strong piece of leather for that matter. I've shown how to do that in one of my first slingshot video which you can watch here:
With this the Slingshot is complete. Let's make some arrows now.
Step 4: Making the Arrows
1- Cut off a little bit from the tip of the skewer stick to get a flat tip.
2- Cut through the tip about half an inch with a pipe saw or a serrated knife. I'm using my mini drill with the cutting wheel.
3- Place a knife in the cut arrow tip and give it little bumps with a heavy object to open up a crack down the stick. The crack should allow you to hold the split end open with your fingers when you place in the nail next.
4- Take a regular 1 inch steel nail (The hardened ones will do a better job but the ones I had were too thick for these arrows) and heat them with a lighter until it is glowing.
5- Place it in between the split end of the tip such that half the nail is sticking out and then press the two ends together with a set of pliers. The hot nail will burn a little through the wood and should embed nicely.
6- Add a couple drops of super glue to the joint and continue holding it with the pliers for a couple of minutes to achieve a strong bond.
7- Next wrap the whole arrow in red electrical tape for some added weight and strengty.
8- For the fletchings, Place three strips of clear plastic tape on the end to make three wings, like in the picture above.
9- Make a template for your wings out of cardboard, trace it onto the wings, cut them out and then color it if you want with a marker.
10- A little more tape around the wings and tip and with that our arrows are ready to fire.
Time for some test shots now.
Step 5: Test Fire!
The Slingshot bow V 2.0 is now ready to fire.
I tried it on a couple of surfaces and wasn't disappointed at all. Styrofoam, wood, metal cans, glass bottles.
I think its better you watch the video for the test shots in slomo. There's only so much I can show you through still images and GIFs.
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