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Soda Bottle Lawn Darts

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Some time in the mid-to-late nineteen-seventies Lawn Darts became illegal in the USA. This, in my opinion, was the beginning of the end of Personal Responsibility in this country.
If a game that includes chucking a large, sharp projectile in the air and towards a TARGET that someone is standing near is not a case for natural selection of THAT ONE then I dont know what is!! For those of you who are too young to remember: DONT STAND NEXT TO THE TARGET!!!!

That being said, here is how you can replicate the fun of the previously outlawed game (of Lawn Darts, not Darwinian Blood-sport) with a few things that you probably have laying around the house. Keep in mind that you do this at your own risk/responsibility.

Heres what I used per dart:


1  20 oz soda bottle
1 - 6d common nail
1  3/8x1 bolt
2  3/8 washers
1  3/8 nut

Also:

1  220 volt MIG welder
1- 25,000 square foot scene shop with plywood floor (optional)

 
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Step 1: Step one: Prep the tip.

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Weld 6d common nail to 3/8x1 bolt head-to-head so that the business end of each sticks out in opposite directions. If you dont have welding capabilities you could try using epoxy putty to join the two pieces. (If you try this then please let me know how it works out. My instinct says that it would work but will be tricky to make the bond strong enough.)

Step 2: Step two: Prep the cap and bottle.

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Drill a 3/8 hole in the center of the bottle cap (center is important if the washers are to fit later)
To lose the extra weight at the back, cut the bottom off of the bottle. I like the point just about a quarter inch below the label where the bottle starts to flare back out. Experiment. Find your best aerodynamic shape. (I'm sure you have the bottles to spare. How many sodas do you drink in a day?)

bronzfrog2 months ago
Maybe use JB Weld to put the tip together?
lime3D1 year ago
Actually Jarts are not illegal to own or play with. On December 19, 1988, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the sale of lawn darts in the US, not the ownership of them. So basically, if you own a set, hold on to them!
lol. i see a new game being made with friends. "dodge the bottle" lol
i do that except i fill the bottles with sand and skip them on the cement
Why not fill em with aquarium pebbles or popcorn seeds so they won't blow away?
CaseyCase5 years ago
(Laughing) I was hit in the foot by a lawn dart back in the 70's. I had enough common sense to be way, way, far away from the target--still got stuck by one. Sh*t happens!
Kiteman5 years ago
? A little editing required, methinks?
mikeasaurus5 years ago
Haha, I remember playing with these when I was a kid, anything that involved flying spikes was (and still is) intoxicating. When was this ever a good idea?
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