Man......... I wish I could have had one of these when I was a kid! It's no secret that every little boy has a fascination with guns, its intrinsic to their nature. Being that that desire is something you can't really escape, dad and I decided to go back in time and tap into our inner child with a super quick (it literally only took us 3 hours to build) popsicle stick machine gun build!
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Step 1: Tools/Materials
- Popsicle Sticks
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Step 2: Dremel Platform
All of the wood that we used for this little project came out of our scraps bin. For the platform that the Dremel rests on all we did was cut it to the length of the Dremel while still leaving ourselves roughly 2 inches on the end for the installment of our magazine. Then we simply grabbed some zip-ties to secure it to the board.
Step 3: Magazine Construction
For your magazine, you'll first need to make some runners for your popsicle sticks. The width of your runners need to be the same width as your popsicle sticks. In between your two runners, there also needs to be a gap for your Dremel head so that the popsicle sticks can touch down on the spinner. The side closest to your Dremel will also need a large gap carved out of it so that if any popsicle sticks get jammed, you can easily remove them.
Step 4: Compression Weight
One problem that we had starting out was that the weight of the popsicle sticks themselves were not applying enough pressure to the bottom sticks causing most of the projectiles to fly out at a very low speed. In an effort to try and fix this problem, we used our metal chop saw to slice a piece of 1/4" steel so that there would be some extra weight on top of the sticks creating more friction between the sandpaper and the sticks.
Step 5: Painting
This part is completely optional, but you can opt to spray paint your gun if you really want to give it that military art style.