Thursday, December 4, 2014
Mal Reynolds Rubber Band Gun
I've built many Mal Reynold pistols in my time and I decided to make a simple one again, but this time as a rubberband gun. I used my old drawings to print out a template for my new gun.
I cut out the paper template and traced it onto wood.
I cut out the piece using my jig saw.
The finger guard was too thin and fragile to keep intact, so I cut it off. I then cut the piece out where the clothes pin will go.
I cut off part of the clothes pin so it fits the height of the gun.
The image below shows 2 clothes pins, but in reality only one fit.
Next I used my template again to create 2 wood shapes that will connect the 2 halves of the gun.
These were glued on and clamped.
While the glue dried I cut a piece of wood for the barrel.
Using my dremel saw, I cut the head off of a bolt.
And I screwed it into the barrel.
I then glued and screwed the barrel into the body of the gun.
This is cool and all, but I made the space for the clothespin a little too thin. It's almost impossible to get a rubberband in there.
I also thought that I could make this a lot better so I disassembled the whle thing with a hammer and chisel.
I made a space to fit in the barrel.
And I drew more shapes using my paper template.
I sanded all the glue off of my original pieces.
And I cut out my new pieces.
Then I reglued it all together.
And held it together with clamps.
I glued in the barrel. The barrel is now glued onto 4 surfaces and will hold much better than the bolt with some glue.
When everything dried I gave it a good sanding.
Then I glued in the clothespin. Now it has plenty of room.
I applied wood filler...
...and while it dried I used my files to make a groove on the barrel to hold the rubberband.
When the filler dried I sanded. I cut 2 pieces of a dowel...
...which I glued and clamped to the sides. These are just for aesthetics. The actual Mal Reynolds gun has these as well.
I also added a piece of crafting foam for the small shape above the dowels.
Then I drilled some holes for decorative screws. The hole nearest to the trigger was a bad idea since the screw would go all the way into the clothespin. I will have to fill that hole.
I added the screws.
And I filled that hole.
Next I added some primer. The wood grain would have looked nice, but since there is so much filler, it might look blotchy when stained.
While at the store I found some bigger, stronger clothespins. So I removed the old smaller one.
I glued in the newer one and it holds rubberbands a lot better now.
Then I put on a second coat of primer.
When that dried I sprayed on some coats of gold spray paint.
And I'm done!
I decided not to paint on any other details, as most rubberband guns don't have a lot of detail anyway. I like this piece a lot the way it is, and I'm going to have fun shooting things with it. Below is all the rubberband guns I've made recently.
Below is all the Mal Guns I have.
Thanks for reading!