How to Make a Wooden Blowgun and Darts

62,478

67

42

Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Blowgun and Darts

About: unknown

This instructable will show you step by step on how to make a blowgun out of a straight stick you will have to find from a tree and some darts.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Before we get started, I would like to state a few things. First, the formula for a good blowgun is the longer the better,(but not to long!)and the size of the bore hole(the hollow space in which the dart is inserted and blown through) has to be the right size/diameter. If the hole is too big, air will not get compressed if you blow it. Also, there would not be much velocity. If the hole is too small, your eyes will look as they would pop out as you blow!

AND REMEMBER,A BLOWGUN IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON SO DON'T CODUCT THIS PROJECT UNLESS YOU KEEP SAFETY ISSUES IN MIND!

These are the tools and materials you will need:

Tools
1.chisel
2.hammer
3.file
4.sandpaper
5.x-acto blade
6.saw/machete

Materials
1.straight stick - 1/2 inch thick or 2 inch thick. Try to find one from a tree that is 2-3 feet long(I used one that was as long as 1.44 feet), and still green so that it will be easier to work with(any kind of wood will do as long as it is not to weak or thick).
2.wood glue

Step 2: Processing the Wood

A stick that is obtained from a tree will have barkskin. Before hollowing out the stick, remove the barkskin. Use your x-acto blade or pen knife to shave of the barkskin. After removing the barkskin, smoothen the surface of stick with sandpaper and a file.

Step 3: Hollowing Out the Wood

To hollow out the wood, split your stick into half with a machete or a saw.(I used a machete) Then carve a hollow channel on both halves of the wood using a chisel. After that, smoothen the hollow channel with sandpaper. When you have finished smoothening the hollow channel, glue both pieces of the wood back with wood glue.

Step 4: Making the Darts

To make the darts, you will need a piece of paper and some small nails for wood. First, cut a small square and roll that square into a cone. Cut the end of the cone until it can fit snuggly into the wooden tube and you can blow the cone out without having the cone stuck in the wooden tube. Then, take a small nail and push it through the cone. Secure the nail to the cone with superglue or rubber tack.

Step 5: You're Done!

To use the blowgun, simply insert the dart into the tube and blow as hard as you can.

REMEMBER, DON'T SHOOT PEOPLE WITH THIS BECAUSE IT IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON AND I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FATALITIES OR INJURIES CAUSED BY YOUR CARELESSNESS! AND DON'T SUCK THE DART INTO YOUR MOUTH!

If your dart gets stuck inside your blowgun, try to find a long steel rod and push out the dart using the steel rod. Try looking through the tube and make sure the hollow channel is sraight. If it is not straight, heat the steel rod over a stove for 5-20 minutes and push it through the wooden tube. Repeat this process until the hollow channel is straight enough for the darts to go through.

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • The 1000th Contest

      The 1000th Contest
    • Battery Powered Contest

      Battery Powered Contest
    • Modify It Speed Challenge

      Modify It Speed Challenge

    42 Discussions

    0
    Skwurlito
    Skwurlito

    5 years ago on Step 2

    im quite impressed with our garage replica. For the survival junkies... The ancient used an incredibly similar method they used stick and sand for the channel and the sed pitch and cordage o piece it together.

    0
    ginjaninja191
    ginjaninja191

    7 years ago on Step 5

    Wow made this just to emulate the cuteness of this little guy:

    http://images.wikia.com/leagueoflegends/images/archive/3/3b/20120609083840!Teemo_OriginalSkin.jpg

    Thanks, I used a smaller stick with a smaller dart made of a single sewing pin and a top of cheesy feathers from a local art store but still the method was really helpfull. Thanks again!

    0
    Don,t try this at home
    Don,t try this at home

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I made one with bamboo it wirks good all you need is a round file a.nd a knife to split it i also used 150 grit sandpaper on the noches

    0
    faschr4023
    faschr4023

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    i was wondering if you could possibly tell me what you did to reseal the bamboo, i know this an old post but if you could help a guy out it would be appreciated

    0
    coolgirl75
    coolgirl75

    8 years ago on Step 3

    Burning the wood to hollow out works better.

    0
    coolgirl75
    coolgirl75

    8 years ago on Step 3

    Ive been making different kinds of blowguns for a long time,and I find that burning the wood to hollow out works better.

    0
    ilpug
    ilpug

    10 years ago on Introduction

     i ripped the wood with a tablesaw and cut the hollow with a router. then i made one with completely aboriginal techniqes using a rock and wooden wedges. amazingly, the handmade one out performed the machined one by about a factor of two.

    0
    Doubleagent
    Doubleagent

    10 years ago on Step 3

    I'm having difficulty splitting the wood, neither saw no machette will split it without slipping to one side.

    0
    spenfisher12
    spenfisher12

    10 years ago on Step 5

    one can put rifling in while it is split for added accuracy but it is hard I recommend a 1 in12 spin ratio.

    0
    spenfisher12
    spenfisher12

    10 years ago on Step 1

    safety is one of those thing that I kind of thought about.

    0
    SkaterGirl
    SkaterGirl

    10 years ago on Step 3

    nice handwriting. and could I use a stick of wood about 6 ins???

    0
    yeerk21
    yeerk21

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    dammit dun use wood jus saw of 2 ends off a broom handle

    0
    Kazeem
    Kazeem

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Or even better, use some copper plumbing pipe :P

    0
    shane0137
    shane0137

    11 years ago on Introduction

    look up deadly blow dart or deadlier blow darts for some pretty cool darts maby eaven better than these p.s. nice pipe

    0
    Kazeem
    Kazeem

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I've used both, and find that this method of dart creation tends to work better... Those ones work well, and look cool, but the ones shown on this, and other semi-pro seeming blow-gun tutorials often work better, as they create a better seal in pipe, allowing for faster, more accurate flight...