Like most people these days and in this economy I had two jobs back in 2011. One was working with kids doing all kinds of fun projects and the other was working nights and weekends at a reception desk and filing things away. I actually like both. There's something simple and calming about just putting files away.
Anyway, my last night at work was pretty slow and I was feeling a bit bored. Everyone knows what it feels like as you edge closer and closer to your last day at work. You just stop focusing and you look for anything to grab your attention. For whatever reason, I got it in my head that I was going to try and make a crossbow out of the office supplies I had handy. I blame Instructables - I had been browsing through various little office weapon guides to waste time and I got into my head that I wanted to try and make something super simple that anyone could make because I was using supplies that everyone should have handy.
Thus, after about forty five minutes of abject boredom and some awful 90s movie on the television in the lobby, the paperclip crossbow was born.
It works fairly well. Hopefully I can get a video up soon. My phone was shattered earlier while I was backpacking in Europe but I've finally got it working again so hopefully I can get the video off there. Uploaded!
Step 1: The Supplies
Now, the supplies you will need are fairly simple.
You will need the following:
- one rubber band
- four paperclips
- thumb tacks
Additionally, you may choose to have scotch tape or duct tape on hand or an optional step later.
On paperclips, I like to use two long and two short but you can use four paperclips of the same length as well. I've done that as well. Either way it will work just as well.