Cheap But Suprisingly Powerful Bow




A bow I made as a joke, but wound up being quite powerful, a range of 50-60 feet and being able to go through cardboard.

Step 1: Supplies

First things first, you need 2 hangers, 2 rubber bands (or 1 elastic band from a binder) and some duct tape. Then you tape the two hangers together to form a bow shape. Match up the little rivets in the hanger together to find where to tape.

Step 2: Make a Slot for the Arrow

exactly what it sounds like, take a piece of duct tape, approximately 4 inches long, and take another piece, around 2 inches long, and join them together. Make an arch for the arrow to slip through. Tape it to whichever sided hand you are ( if you are right handed, put it on the right side.)

Step 3: String

Sorry for no pictures, all you do is connect the two ends of the hangers with the rubber bands or with the binder elastic. This is the second one I made, and I gave the first one away with my only elastic, so I just used rubber bands, but it still works fine.

Step 4: Ammo

Here is what I used for ammo
-steel kebab skewer (OW!)
-super thin dowel rods with a little pronged piece of tape at the end( >-----)
but you don't have to do that, just find something sharp that flies straight, and your good to go, as long as it fits into the slot.




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    11 Discussions

         50 feet, not bad+quarter inch of penetration at 30. I can imagine 40 feet being from the gate of my house to the house across the street. Is there any way to increase the range to something like 80 feet or so while still having quarter inch penetration.

         That'll probably be a ballista by then. Hence another idea: skewer ballista...
    I ' wanna make it already, but I still have to draw some plans.


    10 years ago on Step 2

    Well on a real bow, you have the arrow rest on the left if your right handed and vise versa. Just thought to let you know.

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     no. the guy above you was correct. you draw the bow with your dominant hand, and the arrow shelf/rest is on the side of your non-dominant hand.

    T3hpw9ag3 hackmattr

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hah, thanks. I personally don't own a bow though, i just put down what i thought looked right


    9 years ago on Introduction

    How big is the slot for the arrows? Is it just big enough for the arrow to fit?

    T3hpw9ag3 ibayibay1

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i actually hit a box around 30 feet away, and it penetrated maybe a quarter of the way into it with a wooden kebab skewer, so im guessing it could make it around 50 feet or so effectively


    the hangers that you used were they a hard plastic because mine is very flimsy


    11 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

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    T3hpw9ag3 admin

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry, but like I said, this is the best I can do, I only had these pictures when I got rid of it.