How to make a mini wooden crossbow

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hi, this is my first instructable, so if you notice some mistakes, please respond. In this instructable i will be showing you how to make a powerful, small wooden crossbow out of stuff that should not be too hard to find.
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Step 1: You will need:

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Step 2:

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Take two of your skewers and cut off the sharp tips. Tape them together about 1 cm.(0,3 inches) from the ends. Now, tie your wire to one end, bend it and tie it to the other end.

Step 3: The body

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Hot glue your two pieces of wood together. Glue and tape your bow on the body.

Step 4: Arrow suports

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For this part you are going to bring up those last two skewers. That is just what you will need for this. Cut them down to about the same length as the body (little shorter). Try to glue them close to each other without touching.

Step 5: The trigger

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Pick up your wooden clothespin and drag the bottom off. We are only going to need the part with the steel thing on. Cut off as much as you can from both sides ( but no more than i did here) ( we are doing this so we can put on the trigger). Then make a groove 6,5cm(ca.2,5 inches) from the back end and ca. 0,5 cm deep ( 0,2inches). Clip on the clothespin.

Step 6: Arrow

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Its your choice now, you can make your arrow out of almost anything. i made mine out of a skewer. You can use the rest of the arrow holder. Just put some masking tape on the back of the arrow and then cut to this > shape. 

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Now have fun and remember to be careful. NEVER point it at anything living!!!! This is extremely powerful! it is a fun toy to bring to work or school. You can even bring it in your pocket just put your T-shirt over. Also check out my other instructable on how to make an awesome catapult designed by Da Vinci!
clapfilk12 days ago




Really good

paper kotik21 days ago



gazumpglue2 months ago

Great Job! Congrats on your first Instructable!

Gamer Guy5 months ago
Great Job! Congrats on your first Instructable!
1 thing though. I wouldn't reccomend it at school, so teachers can be a little oversensitive, and this may get you sent to the principal's office if you shoot it. Could be considered a "weapon." Just ranking above paperclips and staples.
swisel (author)  Gamer Guy5 months ago
Thanks!! And yeah you are right, it shouldn´t be brought to school, it was a kind of joke.
Gamer Guy swisel5 months ago
Yeah I got the joke, sometimes others don't, didn't want anyone getting in trouble and trying to blame you. Awesome job!!!
swisel (author)  Gamer Guy5 months ago
haha! Thanks!
swisel (author)  Janeska Malan7 months ago
Nice. Hope you two have fun.
swisel (author)  Janice Venter7 months ago
Thank you! I do love to comment back on good comments!
swisel (author)  sheepishbarber7 months ago
swisel (author)  dartlolly7 months ago
thank you! ;)
swisel (author)  potatopencil7 months ago
thank you, it really means a lot to me! :)
swisel (author)  WesZemel7 months ago
Thank you so much!
Mariska Botha7 months ago
It looks so easy to make, have to try this one out.
swisel (author)  Mariska Botha7 months ago
It really is!! Have fun!
BunnyRoger7 months ago
Ok, so seeing it and reading the comments I am officially going to make one for my kids. They would love this and I am sure it would keep them busy for hours.
swisel (author)  BunnyRoger7 months ago
Great!!! I hope your kids will like it! :)
So cool, how safe is it though for kids to play with?
swisel (author)  Amanda Culbert7 months ago
thank you! well, if you use pointy arrows it will probably not be so safe, but if you don´t sharpen them, and instead wrap some tape around the tip, then it would get much safer. :)
swisel (author)  bubblewrathful7 months ago
Thanks! :)
MAApleton7 months ago
Looks amazing, and very fun. Thank you for sharing. Would love to see the arrow.
Cool !
swisel (author)  DIYTutorialsForYou11 months ago
Thanks! ;)
LvNo100011 months ago
Agreed with shamrock 63, but how many feet does it get in range?
swisel (author)  LvNo100011 months ago
it can shoot from 10m-15m (ca 32ft-49ft.)
Bobey1 year ago
Try to make an arrow out of office supplies
swisel (author)  Bobey1 year ago
good idea!! I will make something like that as soon as possible!
Shamrock631 year ago
Bonus points for not using a rubber band for the bowstring.
swisel (author)  Shamrock631 year ago
thanks :)
nice picture
MCepster1 year ago
very very good so fun
swisel (author)  wiredworx1 year ago
thanks I will soon be posting a couple more projects :)
or_ford981 year ago
Nice instructable! I think I'll teak it a bit and make one later
swisel (author)  or_ford981 year ago
thank you!

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