Introduction: Pencil Crossbow

This is my entry in the Instructables Launch It Contest.

It is a simple and powerful pencil shooter/crossbow

Step 1: Safety Gear

You WILL NEED safety equipment when building and using this device.

When building this device you WILL NEED safety goggles when using the saw and the Exacto knife

When firing this device you WILL NEED safety goggles.

Above all: use common sense.
Don't fire things at the cat.
Don't aim things at your self.
Don't give this to someone that you would not trust with a book of matches.

Step 2: Gather Materials

Materials:

2 Pencils (1 sharpened, 1 unsharpened)
1 Rubber Band

Tools:
Safety Gear
Exacto Knife
Pliers
Small Saw

Step 3: Remove Erasers

Remove the erasers and the metal piece from the ends of both pencils using the pliers.
Just pry them off.

You can save them if you like but they are not needed in this project.

Step 4: Notch Ends of Pencils

Use the saw to cut a small notch in both ends of the unsharpened pencil and the unsharpened end of the sharpened pencil

Step 5: Carve the Arrow Rest

Use the Exacto knife to carve a dent/notch in the middle of the unsharpened pencil to act as the arrow rest.

Make sure that when carving the arrow rest the notched in the ends of the pencil are vertical so the elastic will fit properly.

Step 6: String the Bow

You can either String the rubber band once or twice around the unsharpened pencil.

String the rubber band through the notches in the pencil

Step 7: Firing!

To fire your crossbow pull back all of the elastics insert the sharpened pencil.
Make sure that the notch in the back of the pencil has the elastics in it

Pull back the pencil and release it.

The ealstic will not go back very far if it is doubled


Comments

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hflorman made it! (author)2015-02-27

Super easy and fun.

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DeHeld8 made it! (author)2010-12-19

This is no crossbow but a catapult. The defenition of a (cross)bow is that the potential kenetic energy is stored in the elastic limbs of the bow, and not in the elastic string.

Secondly if it were a bow that stores elastic energy in it's limbs, this would be a bow and not a crossbow. Becouse the defenition of a crossbow is a bow mounted on a stave with a mechanical device to hold and release the string. while this device lacks such a stock and triggerdevice.

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cybus made it! (author)2009-08-16

thats bull in your video you probably just had the pencil there cause there were no waves from the pencil in that pool

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marc92 made it! (author)marc922009-08-16

Actually, you are wrong. The pencil did fly over the building, and it did, in fact, land in the pool. You could not see any waves because (a) they were very small and dissipated before the camera got to the pool; and (b) the camera filmed in very poor quality. To give an idea of how much power this device had, the pencil with the elastic snapped because of the force applied by the elastics. Cheers!

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HardCoreHacker made it! (author)2009-05-17

Ignorance, ignorance, ignorance... This is not a crossbow at all. In fact, this is a shortbow on its side. On a full scale size, a bow of any kind can perform better at certain shots, possible aim, and trajectory for beginners I'm not sure exactly how you would make a real crossbow with pencils but you would need more than one pencil. In fact, I'm sure, for a simple crossbow, you would need at least five pencils. One for the stock, one, possibly two, for the lathe, something for a the catch, one for a trigger, and another for a bolt. and thats a simple one... a full one would include a crannequin and stirrup

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shrek150 made it! (author)2009-03-26

big 10-4 ya pile o monkey nuts

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Jcd1230 made it! (author)2009-02-08

Yesterday I made a really good crossbow, it doesnt get very good distance, but thats just because i messed up the rubber band and it is kinda loose, but it has a trigger mechanism allowing for easy firing, and I put in a crosshair XD. Im going to post it on instructables soon, when i have the time. By the way, that little crossbow has some insane power for being so small.

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roller25 made it! (author)2008-11-26

i have a improvement that might be a little better and durable

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roller25 made it! (author)roller252008-11-26

mi pic is da crossbow

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experimental pyrotechnician made it! (author)2008-10-19

how could this be entered in the launch it contest youre not launching it your shooting it!!!!!!!!!!!gosh

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marc92 made it! (author)marc922008-10-19

Launch, shoot, throw, hurl, they are all the same. And, they let me in the contest, which is now over.

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marc92 made it! (author)2008-07-02

Lol. Great.

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marc92 made it! (author)2008-06-25

Lol

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Aburame Shino made it! (author)2007-12-16

L0L. My friend and I would jack some pencils from around the school and pry off the metal and erasers. We had a whole army of erasers. =P It was fun, those days.

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X_D_3_M_1 made it! (author)2007-10-14

tape a pencil on u dweebs if u want a cbow this is awesome speccialy since i have all of these pencils that got made into pencil topper darts...

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boomboom4000 made it! (author)2007-10-12

that thing is awsome! i shot it and it went through 2 coke cans!

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tosplant made it! (author)2007-10-02

Your photos are horrid. Next time set to "Macro" mode on your camera.

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marc92 made it! (author)marc922007-10-08

My photos are bad but I've seen worse.

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GameFreak054 made it! (author)2007-10-08

omg this took you 2 hours this thing totally sucks. you are definetely going to win the instructables take flight contest go 25mm sniper rifle that thing is a beast and a made one

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marc92 made it! (author)marc922007-10-08

It took me two hours including making the video, Instructable, and the bow. I should have been more specific in the video. And try using spell check and proof reading because you contradict yourself. And also, the Launch It contest is over, and I DID win.

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zachninme made it! (author)2007-09-21

Congrats on the random prize, although you didn't retake the photos in macro mode like I told you >_>

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Charles IV made it! (author)2007-09-21

stupid insrtuctable!!!!

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casvandegoor made it! (author)2007-09-07

isn`t it a normal bow?

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theque made it! (author)2007-08-28

its more of a bow being that you dont actually have a cross piece.

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marc92 made it! (author)marc922007-08-29

yes, true

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