Bamboo Skewer Bow





Introduction: Bamboo Skewer Bow

I wanted to make a bow that was more powerful than the bic pen one and was made for bamboo skewers. after looking around on this site, I couldn't find a bow that fit my criteria, so i made a new design.

Step 1: Get the Stuff

sorry for picture quality , my camera sucks at focusing
the pictures show the finished product, because i made the bow before taking pictures

anyways, get this stuff:
office size rubber bands
bamboo skewers
kite string
small piece of wood 1" x 1/2" (dimensions don't have to be the same)

second picture is of the wood i used( it won't let me add notes)

Step 2: Cut Wood and Drill Holes

cut the wood to about 1' long
drill a hole in the middle and one hole at each end, perpendicular to the middle hole(see pictures)

Step 3: Add String to Ends

cut two lenths of string about 3 inches long each
thread the string through the holes at the ends of the wood
tie off the ends of the string to form loops(make sure they are on the same side)

see picture for help(ignore rubber bands)

Step 4: Add Rubber Bands and Middle String

tie 4 rubber bands to each string loop at each end
cut another section of string out about 6 inches long
tie the new section of string to the rubber bands

Step 5: Test Fire

shoot it into something (not a person) to make sure it works

third picture shows the end coming a little bit out of the box

Step 6: Be Careful!!!!

at full draw this little bow can do some serious damage
i shot it into my deck, and it took some wiggling to get out (i'm suprised i didn't break the skewer)



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    Instead of string you can also use zippy ties.

    You should try giant version with dozens rubberbands and shoot 3/8" dowels like a full size bow.

    i made something like this and they can be real strong speach less dude thats just awsome

    Kewl this will beat my stepbros pen skewer gun

    where do you get the wood. i have a crossbow which is made out of and shoots bamboo skewers. :

    dang thats got some power. im gunna make one. but i gotta buy the skewrs though. i might fo some lamo bird hunting with it (im making it about 2-3 times bigger. its gunna rock. (your design is cool too, almost fits in a pocket)

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    oh and im gunna make a small slit on the end of the skewer that touches the string so i know it wont slip off and miss fire. and i apologise for any miss spellings.

    hi, remember me, my huge crappy crossboy, has a little brother now, which is much more powerful, say a cocktauil stick firing 50 meters in the air, cna stick into wood, just once, and can definetely pierce skin

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    this is a pretty cool design but skewers are still pretty sharp the other day i fell on one and it went into my finger and out the other side and then into my middle finger the only reason i say/post this comment here rather than on any other instructable is because this is one of the few skewer weapons that looks as if it could hurt someone so in a way me saying this is dangerous is me really saying that this is cool

    cool man im gonna have to try this it looks wicked powerful (the deck :P) and ive been looking for a more powerful one :) because its so damn hard with the one i made called a handheld bamboo skewer pistol crossbow and enyway the thing shoots it had awsome power but its hard to get accurate shots with it like i cant shoot it into my wall all that often i took like 60 skewers shot um at my wall and only 6 went into the wall..the rest turned on there side and bounced off in mid air.. so enyway sweet i'll have to try this :) awsome instructable BY THE WAY YOUR PICTURES ARE FREAKIN PERFECT!!!!!!! sweet man

    i learned that puting wight on the tip dramticaly increses flight time, speed, and power, and acuracy. i suggest modeling clay, 3/4 of an inch of prezlte rod(PREZLE ROD YES!!), the top of a pen(not the cap), or funtack (the sticky blue or yellow stuff). of a thumb tack(ow!!!) oh and you can shoot messages back and forth to your friends, or enimies bwahahahah great instructible.

    nice skewer shooter in the philippines we call it a barbecue stick cause we put parts of barbecue in it but still awesome instructable good job!best skewer shooter ive seen in the site reall good job im new

    This is great idea and i made one to scale and everything just when i hold it my thumb wraps around and the string keeps hitting it, i dont know how...but u should find a kinda hand or sumthin.still i tried on a box from 10 meters away and it went straight through

    simply awesome, i did one of this but with a broken wood ruler it was cheaper and well ... weaker but it is lighter and i also added a grip , congratulations

    I like this! looks clean and neat will have to try it.

    WOAH, Nice Instructable. Looks dangerous (which I like), and looks very cool. I think I'll make this!