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Picture of Quick and easy bow and arrow!
All you will need for this is some 1/2 inch pvc pipe ( 1/2 inch diameter of hole in the middle)
 
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Step 1: The materials!

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All you need is-
-a saw
-some string
-1/2 pvc pipe

Step 2: How long should your bow be?

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Your bow should be the as long as your arm span.

Step 3: Where the string goes

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On the ends of the pipe you can cut a V shape cut 2 inches from each end.

Step 4: Now for the length of the string. and tying

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The length of the string should be 4 inches shorter than the bow. For the tying string you should make a loop knot and put the string through the loop.

Step 5: Final step!

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Now bend the pipe so you can loop the other end of the string on the the other V shape cut. The bow should be fairly bend like the picture below

Step 6: And your done!

And all you have to do is get a straight stick or buy a wooden dowel, sharpen then fire

Note the bow is a weaker than other wood bows but is still strong.
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great! I went to home depot right after seeing this to buy PVC pipe bcuz its so cheap for a 10 ft pipe. the for making this instructable.
avenger222 years ago
Not bad. I'll use it for my Hawkeye costume.
Interesting, but please sort out your facts as your bow poses an extreme health hazard as it'll send "PVC shrapnels in your palm"(Well, apparently.) when it snaps from extreme stress in the middle of the bow, as has been pointed out. The string has a higher tendency to snap and subsequently leave a welt in your face. It's really a choice to fork in another, what, 40 bucks? For the sake of not dying and for reliability on your bow. Also I have read here that PVC is invisible under x-rays, therefore if it really does get in your palm the docs have to "cut open your hand just to see if there's a splinter in it". I'd rather buy a bunch of bamboo (an awesome instructable here), hemp twine and make a bow our of dried bamboo and duct tape. How awesome is that?
simple solution, wrap the danger spots in ductape, or if your really worried about your hands health, cloth tape.
I used hemp on a bow once and it snapped, but i used another kind and it worked. So choose a good string. And the hole in the middle of the bow will make it snap a lot easier. I wouldn't put a hole there.
not really to break pvc in that manner it would have to be chilled to 30 degrees and then filled with compressed air. Common! any plumber will tell you that, that there has not been a recorded injured from pvc "snapping" in the manner you suggest. it is almost fear mongering to say you will die from explosive snap of pvc. Actually bamboo will give a nasty splinter and it is more dangerous if broken as the edges are really sharp. Bear from the show Man vs Wild just had to evacuated from slicing his finger on bamboo while filming his show so there at least i have some plausible proof.
if any u pepoles have ever shot a real bow you would know this i is nothing campare to a tradicanil long bow
it's not suppossed to be
this bow might be a little too strong!!it hurt my fingers when i let go of the string lol
totjup25 years ago
i think this is great i made one and then ended up using it for the heavy crossbow u should check it out.
what heavy cross bow r u talking about
Kendallkip6 years ago
simple solution to the whole bow breaking thing, when you have bent and strung the bow, cover the whole bow in clear tape (clear so that noone can really see the tape w/out looking closely), easy!
ninjallama6 years ago
My friend and i made that and it worked but we used this wax strng insted or reguler string
hunteo6 years ago
if you guys really want to see something flexible use a peice of wirsbro pipe and hockey laces
jman647 years ago
how did you bend it please tell
you just bend it thats all.
i made one out of wood a long time ago and put one end in a vice and bent the other end
Stand with your feet slightly apart, with your bow on your left. Put the strung end of your bow behind your left leg, and in front of your right leg. Your left leg should be at the middle of the bow. Pull the unstrung bit of the bow behind you forwards, take the string, put the string at the side of the bow closest to you and pull it in a hairpin bend manner. Pull the string downwards, the bow still in your legs. Tie it off when it's bent enough. Place a thumbs up at the middle of the bow and your thumb should just touch the string. If not keep bending the bow. Good luck.
juaniskool7 years ago
does it break easily??
jjy7 years ago
how long is its range please answer :D
desicop7 years ago
I use a 3/4 inch and 1/2, and bend it with a blow dryer or pure muscle, but this is pretty good because mainly it's cheap, and a decent distance. I have a problem with accuracy on this though
maxxxem7 years ago
i made the string to long so i just tied some over hand knots to get the right lenghts, without untieing the loop
deathbibian7 years ago
dude this bow rules i made mine around 40 inches tall it rules
yea this bow is awesome!! but if u guys want to make a mini 1 of these ckeck out mine!! made outta skewers!!
here is linkclick me!!
mullenium7 years ago
cut the pvc in half on each side but leave a handle. then heat were you want your bow to be bent and bend it. you can even try to make a recurve bow!
X_D_3_M_17 years ago
stupid. dont u realize that PVC is used because it CANT be bent!?!?!?!?
yes PVC can bend you get 1/2in sch. 40!!
bigcheeze7 years ago
try buying 20 foot lengths I'm 6ft tall and when I carry it on my broad shoulders 1 end sags right to the ground
receiver5457 years ago
hey look at my PVC bow! It shoots through boxs! If you dont beleive me i will be adding a video to it showing it go through! check it out and try making mine ! I used elastitic instead of string! heres a tip you bow needs more curve in it!!! look at mine and try it !! plssss comment it !
OK then if you want me to be your mummy then fine,I'll break up your little cat fight. hey look at my cheap @$$ plastic bow I bought from canaidian tire IT GOES STRAIGHT THROUGH 1MM SCRAP SHEET STEEL!!! and by the way,why is canaidian not in the Instructables dictionary... RACIST!!! does that solve anything???
Murdok7 years ago
This doesn't work. I love bows and arrow (especially homemade), but this is not a bow. The flex is too great in some parts and not enough in others. The strings most commonly used for bows (jute twine), is too weak and it is unpractical to need to buy specialty strings. The mechanics are off; the bow gives flex around the middle and less around the ends meaning that the bow is going to tighten the strings, just differently = huge pull on string (which is what breaks it). All in all, this is a bad instructable.
spazzim (author)  Murdok7 years ago
wow! that is strange i didn't see you comming up with a bow and arrow? strange huh?
Murdok spazzim7 years ago
You push and push, but when someone pushes back you fall down and cry. I am going to make a bow and an atlatl soon, so keep posted. If you want to show me up, here are my plans: Take a piece of wood and sand it into a bow shape. Nock and string it. Shoot. You bow is just inferior to throwing an arrow because you don't know the mechanics behind it. I'll make my bow then we can shoot at each other and see who wins.
making a bow is not that simple.
spazzim (author)  Murdok7 years ago
wow that is really hard because one- the wood is probably going to be like oak or something and it wouldn't stretch that well and if its like yew then it'll be to hard to get yew two- it'll take over a week for any design with only sanding
Murdok spazzim7 years ago
The bow is not supposed to stretch! The mechanics are as follows: Bow pulls string witch causes bow to BEND; bow bends and when the arrow is released, the string snaps straight again and the arrow flies off into the distance. If anything you want a bow that WON'T stretch that much so you will have higher pull.
spazzim (author)  Murdok7 years ago
communist
The best bows are made from layers of wood for the limbs (oak then yew then oak then yew and so on) and a thick solid oak handle that dosnt flex when you pull the string back. The string of the bow should be made with 20 strings (20 cords of high tensile strength nylon wrapped with the same type of cord.)
spazzim (author)  spazzim7 years ago
i am saying your a communist
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