How to Make a Wooden Toy Winchester Rifle

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Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Toy Winchester Rifle

This is as requested a DIY on, how to make a wooden toy Winchester rifle with a functioning lever action. NOTE: The lever is designed a bit different, than the real ting, for stability reason.

Step 1: The Principle Drawings

First I drew up the different layers in illustrator based on a real picture. Notice, that the trigger is included in the lever - that is done for stability reason...

Step 2: Preparing the Pieces

After printout in 1:1, I drew up the different templates on the 5 mm, 15 mm and 3 mm plywood according to the plan. I cut the pieces out with at electrical jigsaw.

Step 3: Assembling

You assemble the 1 layer to the stock but not the lever. (2. layer) with glue and maybe a couple of screws for the non-moving parts. Important. If you use screws, place them close to the middle so that you will still be able to rasp the stock into a nice round shape without hitting the screws...

The thickness of the lever has to be reduced just a little with sanding paper, so it will move smoothly. Then you attach some screws or otherwise carve two hooks to attach the rubber band to.

Drill a 6 mm hole in the turning center of the lever, then attach it to the stock/1-layer piece with a screw. You do it from the outside and the screw must be long enough to pass through the entire thickness of the rifle. (I actually sanded the screw down to mach the thickness)...

Step 4: Paint It

Well after rasping and final sanding, you are set to paint the gun. Important. Don't paint the moving parts. They might get stuck! You can use a black speed marker to draw some accenting lines to enhance or "make up" details if you like...

Just a layer of varnish and you are ready to make a little boy or girl the proud owner of a western rifle... Have fun.

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    38 Comments

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    mafika
    mafika

    Question 10 months ago on Step 4

    Hello from Germany, I would like to built it but what are the dimensions of the parts ?

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    shirsen21
    shirsen21

    Answer 9 months ago

    i just use a photocopier and blow up a template

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    mafika
    mafika

    Reply 8 months ago

    Thats a good idea I will try that. Actually I can't find acceptable material. I am looking for a good looking kind of wood.
    By the way, how are the rounding of the barrel made ? A square barrel would look "very special"

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    inspiredwood
    inspiredwood

    Reply 8 months ago

    I just used plywood and painted it with acrylic paint.
    The rounding is done by rounding a square barrel. I used a spokeshave and sanding paper. As fare as I remember, some of the Winchesters had octagonal barrels...

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    inspiredwood
    inspiredwood

    Answer 10 months ago

    According to wikipedia the original Winchester are around 125 cm. The one I made for my kids is around 100 cm. So depending on who you make it for, you might scale it up or down a bit. On a big model, you might want to use 18 mm plywood in stead of 15 mm for Layer 2. The easiest way to do it is probably to find a "high-res" picture of the model you want to build in. Then print it in the desired size from Adobe acrobat – is free and lets you scale and print tiled on your printer, so you can glue several pages together to get the print in full scale. I just drew it free hand from a picture.
    The principal drawing in step 1 shows how the action parts look and work – I improvises them but I guess you could scale them as well during print to give you a more precise idea. – Hope this is helpfull.

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    mafika
    mafika

    Reply 10 months ago

    Hello from Germany and thanks for the additional information. I will try to make a Winchester by using your instructions. Due to the pandemic situation it is actually a little difficult to buy the required material but I am sure that I will start shortly. I keep you updated if you like. I want to be the first to build it !! Take care and best wishes. Joerg

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    inspiredwood
    inspiredwood

    Reply 10 months ago

    Great Joerg, Da freue ich mich drauf. Bleib schön gesund und viel Erfolg :-)

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    zion.dummy1
    zion.dummy1

    1 year ago

    bro youre so good ill try making a cardboard version then ill try making a wooden version

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    harrisona14
    harrisona14

    Question 2 years ago on Step 1

    How can I print the template out bigger

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    Pazzerz
    Pazzerz

    5 years ago

    You can scale the drawings on here with one of two programs: The Big Picture, which is free, or buy Matthias Wandel's Big Print, which is a much better program that allows you to take a measurement from a real item and use that to make a 1:1 (or any size) template from your silhouette drawings. It will allow you to print on several pages, if need be to get the complete drawing.

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    monkeywork
    monkeywork

    6 years ago

    I made this for a show I'm in! Great design. Made a couple 'hero' versions and several dummy versions for set pieces.

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Lever-Action-Rifle-Prop/

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    Zenoscope
    Zenoscope

    6 years ago

    I made a cardboard version of this, and will make some wooden ones sometime. thanks for the 'ible and the idea if tracing gun shapes.

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    inspiredwood
    inspiredwood

    Reply 6 years ago

    Cool. I would be happy if you'd share a picture or two :-)

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    The cloud 1808
    The cloud 1808

    6 years ago

    amazing I love Sam winchea

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    inspiredwood
    inspiredwood

    Reply 6 years ago

    Thanks Cloud 1808 :-)

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    PeterW33
    PeterW33

    6 years ago

    schade das kein Plan zum ausdrucken dabei ist!

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    inspiredwood
    inspiredwood

    Reply 6 years ago

    Na, ja... aber die Zeichnungen sin massstabsgetreu abgebildet. Du musst sie nur in der gewünschten Grösse ausdrukken, dann gehts los :-)

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    JoeDiCara
    JoeDiCara

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great design and plan. Do the PDF download include dimensions for overall rifle and each part? I'm wondering about signing up. Is the a way to buy just this one plan instead of signing up as Pro?

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    inspiredwood
    inspiredwood

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hi! My instructable doesn't include dimensions – it's ment as a generic idea :-) – to show what's possible – sorry :-) But if you print out the picture really big you should be able to trace your own blueprint on paper.
    If you cut out the paper parts, you should be able to check if everyting will work, once it's done i wood. – Hope that helped :-)