Introduction: The Archery of the Office

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With a few household items, you will have a bow and arrow shooting projectiles at extream speeds!

Step 1: Gather the Materials

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To make this super sweet office weapon, you'll need:

2 rulers
1 rubber band
Scissors or something to break the rubber band with.
Duct Tape

Step 2: Make the Bow

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Place the two rulers on top of each other at a 130 degree angle (or around there) and duct tape 'em together.

Step 3: Add the Bowstring

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Cut the rubber band and tape each side to the ends of the bow. Congrats! Now you got a nice bow! Now you need some arrows...

Step 4: Make the Ammo

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Take a paperclip and straighten it out. Bend out a hook at the end. Make a whole lot of 'em and siege war!

Step 5: Using It Without Hurting Yourself

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Ok ok... This might sound dumb to you but you NEED to hold the vertex of the bow pointing outwards. If you hold it normally, the paperclip with collide with your hand giving yourself a welt. Ow. FYI: The picture is just to show you how you should hold it. You don't need to keep it on a surface when firing.


ccobra (author)2011-07-26

cool knife :D

mrmerino (author)2009-08-18

well, really, a standard bows power comes from the wood(or whatever its made of) you could string one with a steel chain and shoot 200 feet( my personal record)

jcksparr0w (author)mrmerino2011-03-30

with a chain?

mrmerino (author)jcksparr0w2011-03-30

Apparently? I don't remember typing that. I think my brother may have found my password and screwed with a bunch of stuff.

jcksparr0w (author)mrmerino2011-05-05

Aaahhh, the plague of little siblings

Unforgiven_God (author)2006-10-12

i also dont suggest using one of these in school cuz the teachers & staff would consider it a weapon & u would get in large amounts of trouble

Acer81996 (author)Unforgiven_God2010-04-12

no, just show your (or rather my) superior firepower until they give up.
that works with me every time.

litledrumdrumbigblack (author)2009-02-11

can you do it with popsicle sticks instead of rulers?

hassannaeem101 (author)2009-02-10

lol, the doughnut has gone bad

fat doughnut

Dylbyt (author)2008-06-24

heyy u no that bows bend in the limbs not the string

TheMattster (author)Dylbyt2009-02-10

yah well office bows dont =p

hassannaeem101 (author)2008-12-24

you work at a office and you don't get payed for killing each other

bowmaster (author)2008-07-04

This is not a bow. I should know.

knex gun master (author)2008-03-16

The "bowstring" is called a bow line

A good idea also is to use a boomerang. They work really well.

bradford27 (author)2007-06-16

I liked the idea, but using protractors works better because you can hold it better. it also hits myhand when I shoot it and it hurts.

Unforgiven_God (author)2006-10-12

thats impossible to shoot out of a nailgun thers a difference between a nail and a toothpick the toothpick would probably break in half if u tried to shoot it but im not sure..i'll try it

even if you got the toothpick to fit, it dosent have enough mass or the right shape to sustain flight for verry long, and if it did it would tumble through the air slowing it substantially. point is, i dont think it will cause much damage, better off shooting a roundish rock

Kingbow111 (author)2007-06-02
yellow elephant (author)2007-03-20

isnt it wage war not seige war

Adrien (author)2007-01-15

Nice Instructable, I used wooden rulers and cut them at an angle with a table saw.... Makes it a bit easier to use in the end.

projectile fanatic (author)2006-12-30

you are arguing over dmage to a school pupil from toothpics have you thought of kakin them blunt or i that just outside the point as hurting someone you hate sounds like fun, or you could just g with the finger rubber band gun, even a pointy ended paper plane

eyeballer103 (author)2006-11-18

A few years ago my friend and i wrapped paperclips around eachother then added a rubber band to it to make a bow. I had a corkboard in my room so i decided to tape a sewing needle to one of the arrows. It worked but i do not suggest shooting people with them.

thingygoboom (author)2006-11-18

make a collapsable 1 w/ brads and tongue depressors

bigpinecone (author)2006-10-10

but that's the point! in a classroom war u have to disable the enemy, and paper don't hurt very much unless it's a papercut, and i don't think a toothpick could be rammed into someone far enough to make them have to go to the hospital unless u shot it out of a nailgun at close range, which sounds like fun

Matthew Chinn (author)2006-10-10

sweet this is so awsome! the projectiles though should be something else that wont penetrate your skin and have to go to the hospital.

bigpinecone (author)2006-10-06

i could make that, just give me some time and i'll put up an instructable on it =)

Unforgiven_God (author)2006-10-05

they dont shoot that fast. i think that the bic pen bow&arrow; thing shoots faster. Sombody should come up with something like this that shoots toothpicks.....ouch

SCrid2000 (author)2006-09-30

Ok, another way to use a rubber band to shoot a paper clip... as if my fingers aren't good enough... The enthusiasm is appreciated, but rubber bands are overused. Something new would be cool.

Bad Donut (author)SCrid20002006-09-30

Such as...?

TheCheese9921 (author)Bad Donut2006-10-02

industrial rubber bands!!! no jk jk its a rubber band they are used everywhere who cares

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