Introduction: Life Size, Working Minecraft Bow
The minecraft contest approaching, struggles to clean up and build at the same time = this whole process.
OK, lets give you a proper intro to the build:
"Its late at night, running through the blocky forest hearing the occasional SSSSSS of creepers and moans of zombies. CRAP! What was that sound? All of a sudden a skeleton pops out of nowhere and starts dealing you damage! Quick, whip out your bow! and return fire. you see the skeleton fall dead and drop an enchanted bow.(There is a very low chance of that happening.) Again, you have survived the night.
Step 1: Creative Inspiration.
Step 2: SUPPLIES AND STUFF
You will need:
-Many paint sampler cards
Step 3: TOOLS AND GADGETS.
You will need the following:
-A jigsaw or scroll-saw
-A drill and 1/32 drill bit
-Many types of glue (wood, super, stick)
-A rasp and sandpaper
-Some way of cutting paper
Step 4: Marking Wood
The basis should be a 3'' wide piece of wood.
FIRST PART OF ARM- Mark a rectangle 2" and 5.5" long.
SECOND PART OF ARM- At the end of the 5.5" go up an inch and lose an inch on the bottom. So its still 2".
Then, 2'' wide and 7.5 long. and put a 1" box on the end in the middle.
Step 5: Holes
Put holes with a drill where 2 pieces ofd wood join up to another
Step 6: Cut It Out!
With a jigsaw cut out the outline.
Step 7: Handle and Holes
The handle is very simple.
Put your bow arms out at a 90' angle and make a handle on paper.
Trace paper onto wood.
Step 8: Cut Handle
Cut out the handle going very slow.
Step 9: Rasp Out Nasty Bits
Try to get rid of any bad bits or overhanging bits with a rasp.
Step 10: Dowel Laying
Lay out the bow and place your dowles on top to see where they need to be.
Step 11: Dowel Drilling!
Drill from one piece to another to see if they fit. If not, that sucks, If they do, nice!
Step 12: Wood Glue
Glue the pieces together. Clamp it down. Wait for some time.
(twiddle your thumbs)
Step 13: Sanding
Sand the whole body down. Make it look "acceptable as a bow"
Step 14: Paint #1
Paint the arms with a base of brown. Its ok if its messy.
Step 15: EXTRA: Painting Shelter-thingy
Put the rope trough the first grommets on the tarp and attach it to the fence.
pin the tarp down at a 90' angle with sticks through the grommets.
Step 16: Paint #2
Mask everything EXEPT the front 1/3 of the 2"
Spray with lighter brown spray paint than base.
Remove the masking paint and then admire.
Step 17: Paint #3
Mask everything EXEPT for the handle and spray with grey paint.
Remove masking tape and admire.
Step 18: Paint Tester Squares (Obtaining)
Go rob Home Depot of half of their brown paint sampler slips.
Step 19: Cutting Slips
Divide the arm into 3 parts.
Make the squares that size. REPEAT 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Step 20: Gluing Little Slips
Glue the little slips in a line alternating various colours
Step 21: Holes and String
Because this bow won't flex. You need to add "shock-cord" or elastic easily obtained at MEC or home depot
Drill holes on each of the 1' squares on the end of the bow
Tie a length of cord to it, and make it tight. Tie on other side too.
Step 22: Clear Coat
Spray a clear coat on the whole thing and let dry.
Step 23: FINISHED
Now that it is done, end this build with a very nice pull back of the bowstring. Now go kill some skeletons.
Second Prize in the
Minecraft Challenge 2018
4 years ago
Does it fire real arrows?
Reply 4 years ago
Yes, indeed it does... Not with much force or distance. :D
5 years ago
I love your creations! They deserve to win the minecraft contest!!!!
5 years ago
I voted for this project because it’s wonderfully handcrafted. Happy to see it is a Finalist. Nice!
5 years ago
That looks so nice! I'd love to have that hanging on my wall :)
5 years ago
Well done! I love the lego potions