Introduction: Skewer Crossbow

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This is my first instructable, and i only had one of one of the supplies so remaking one for the site was a bit hard. anyways just rate and keep negitive feedback to yourself, also to prevent questions, the ammo is anything that fitsin the barrel.

Step 1: Supplies

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Bendy Straw (yes, it matters if u like precision)
Skewers(5 or 6)
Duct Tape

Step 2: Base

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First cut the tips off EVENLY, then tightly rubber band it so it makes a square shape and rubber band the back too.

Step 3: Cross Piece

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put one or two (depends on what u prefer) skewers in the rubber band between the top base and bottom base

Step 4: "Barrel"

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Cut where indicated

Step 5: Taping and Cutting

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Step 6: Trigger

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put on the paper clip and tape where indicated

Step 7: Find Your Setting

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Master Wasi 47 (author)2014-11-15

Nice work.

mynameischeese (author)2008-11-19

Its called a clothesplin not a paperclip................

no one said that it cannot be used as a paper clip, in fact when i run out of paper clips, then a clothes peg is the next best thing which are abundant in my laundry room

knuckel (author)2010-04-08

 i like the hole concept of this instructabule and you preformed it quite well, i will be sure to make this one!

butters8754 (author)2008-03-05

cool post man. I made one! It works well, awesome range,only problem is the skewer curves alot.....anyway nice post and the instructions were very easy to follow butters8754

 Just put a tiny amount of tape as fins at the back portion of your ammo, it works! I tried it with skewers and it still works!

jj32x (author)2009-10-20

nice instructable. i just made this and then accidently shot my self in the hand XD quite a bit more powerful than i imagined it would be (and a bit more blood than i imagined). great work

mnm4123 (author)2009-08-22

great instructable. nice weapon just to have.

whitelion331 (author)2009-07-31

i agree with mynameischeese. its on step 6

Capt. Kidd (author)2009-07-15

get a giant block of wood as a stock and custom-carve it to your size.

shkare i ljepilo (author)2009-05-30

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mark A

daman38 (author)2009-04-28

I made one, it doesn't fire fire very far but it is such a cool Instructable

SaberSaver (author)2009-03-17

Mine sucks. :-(

gsalehotr (author)2009-03-05

thank you so much i did it for a school project they loved it

Draxis (author)2009-02-07

cool, I gotta try this, you think chopsticks would work better or worse than skewers? Btw- the first few pics show electric tape, than you switch to duct and than back again to electric XD. Is any one of the two better? or does it not matter on the tape?

bylerfamily (author)Draxis2009-02-14

They both work fine.Chopsticks would work better than skewers,actually.

Draxis (author)Draxis2009-02-07

And you may want to add a disclaimer, this thing looks potentially dangerous, just letting you know ; )

Draxis (author)Draxis2009-02-08

Never mind on the first post, I made one with electrical tape and chopsticks, and it is INSANE!!!! I posted a how-to for some darts I made that fly super straight and work perfectly for this, so be on the lookout (there's a link here, but I don't know if it has been approved by an admin yet ; ) --->

Great Instructable, simply amazing!!

k7classicrockfan (author)2008-11-25

Hey good instructable. You could maybe use epoxy resin and string to secure the skewers together, and us a bic pen instead of a straw, apart from that, good construction of the crossbow.

fosockingdude (author)2008-01-14

i just made one . i have a noodle in my room that i shot with a skewer. it went through it!!!

zach911 (author)fosockingdude2008-06-28

oooook so y did u call him a loser if u think his idea is kool?

Beep41 (author)zach9112008-06-28

i think he was calling tough224 a loser

AznPanda (author)2008-06-14

Get better pictures.... cant understand at all....

adamthiede (author)2008-03-06

Fire and water damage? Servpro: Like it never even happened. P.S. I don't work for them. I'm mocking them.

jakesllama (author)2007-12-04

to prevent the rubber band from wearing out i used a small piece of wire and tied it to the middle to form a loop for the catch

ericm247 (author)2007-07-24

o ok

ericm247 (author)2007-07-12

u shold show how it works on

Beep41 (author)ericm2472007-07-13

i would but im in the process of moving and my cuurent camrea broke so i need to buy a new one too.

joebloggs27 (author)2007-06-16

great instructable. When I fired mine it punched through a tin can at 10 feet. Nice one

gillonator48 (author)2007-06-08

hello??! you need to make it more clear in your explanation. duhh!!

i made one with 14 chopsticks

Beep41 (author)gillonator482007-06-09

if u read the intro i said this was my first instructable

bowmaster (author)2007-05-26

I made mine with chopsticks and the first time I shot it it ammo went in to the wall and out the other side!!!

Beep41 (author)bowmaster2007-05-28

what ammo did u use/make?

bowmaster (author)Beep412007-05-28

I used a dowel 1/4 inch thick and 1 foot long with a 3 inch long nail at the end (sharpen the nail) with very small cardboard fins and a nock the end poked out a bout 4 inches I shot at a range of 5 feet

matt_the_awsome (author)2007-04-18

i am sooooo gunna make one i cant wait to shoot my friends!!!jk maybe

pmac93 (author)2007-04-06

Nice job. Also check out my instructable, Popsicle Stick Crossbow for a more powerful crossbow that shoots 70 - 100 feet depending on what rubberband you use.

Beep41 (author)pmac932007-04-06

urs actualy inspired me (along with the pen crossbow) cuz i had no popsicle sticks, so i thought to make my own crossbow.

thingygoboom (author)2007-04-02

NICE! It did take me a little while to understand but it is awesome! It goes nicely into drywall...

John Culbertson (author)2007-03-30

cool instructable, well done. I wonder if you can do it with chopsticks.

Beep41 (author)John Culbertson2007-03-31

skewers would be best because of there legnth and flexibilty

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