Wednesday, December 3, 2014
For my next project I decided to make a rubberband gun. Since I've never made one before, this gun will be quite simple - but a little more detailed than the guns pictured above. I actually have a rubberband gun that my Aunt bought for me when I was a kid, but I can't seem to find it. It would have been nice using it as a template, but I guess I'll have to wing it.
I had some nice leftover trim laying around so I decided this will be part of the barrel.
I cut 2 pieces and glued them together.
I also used a rejected sword handle - which also was made from pieces of trim.
And I'll use some clothes pins.
The old sword handle had another piece of wood glued onto it, so I removed it using a hammer and chisel.
Then I sanded to removed the old glue.
I glued and clamped the old handle to the new barrel.
I also used screws to hold it together.
Once the pieces dried I cut one end at an angle. Later the clothes pins will be attached to this area.
I used my drill handle as a template for the gun handle.
I cut it out on a piece of leftover board and used the cutout as a template to cut out a second piece.
I attached both pieces with glue and screws.
Then I drilled some pocket holes into the handle.
I screwed them into the barrel.
The pieces hold together quite well.
So I removed the screws and began sanding the handle smooth.
Then I used my router to decorate the sides of the handle.
When I finished smoothing and sanding the handle I attached it to the barrel using pocket screws and glue.
Using a file, I notched a space for the rubberbands on the front of the barrel.
The front of the gun was looking a little bland, so I used another scrap piece of wood and drilled a hole with my drill press.
I then glued and screwed that piece to the front of the gun.
Using some wood plugs, I filled up the pocket holes I made earlier.
I glued and clamped them in place until they dried.
While they were drying I drilled 2 small holes into the clothes pins. I will use these to screw the pins to the gun.
Once the glue had dried I sanded everything smooth.
Then I screwed on the clothes pins.
These clothes pins are not the most solid things out there. Since they are thin plastic, they are quite flexible. And as it happens, I can't seem to find a single rubberband in my house to test them. So for now I removed them and prepped the gun for staining.
A few minutes later I wiped the excess stain away and it looks pretty sweet.
The next day I sprayed on some polyurethane.
While that dried I went out and found some wood clothes pins. These will be much better than the plastic ones I've been using.
I glued 2 onto the back of the gun...
...and clamped them on.
When they dried I tested them out.
The clothespins were a little weak, but I eventually found larger stronger ones.
This rubberband gun packs a punch! It holds the rubber bands and shoots them fast and hard.
As soon as I completed this build, I wound up finding my old rubberband gun.
Now I have 2!
But I had a feeling I will have more soon - and I was right! This new gun was cool, but it's awfully big. I decided to make 2 small ones. To start I drew a small pistol shape into a piece of wood.
I cut it out with my jig saw.
Then I used my new shape as a template for a second gun and cut that out as well.
I used the rotary sanding bit on my dremmel to smooth out the cuts, most notably in the trigger area.
Then I screwed each gun onto my work table and began routing the edges with a round over bit.
When done, I unscrewed the guns and sanded them with sandpaper.
Next I filled in the holes with filler.
And then I glued clothespins onto the tops.
While the glue and filler dried, I filed a notch for the rubber band to sit on the front of the barrel.
When the glue dried I sanded them.
Then I tested it out with a rubberband. The barrel is too small.
So I marked cut areas on both guns....
...and cut them out with the jigsaw.
Next I cut a piece of a dowel I had and glued it on.
This dowel is small, so I added another small dowel underneath.
I did this to both guns, glued and clamped and let to dry.
When all dried I tested them and they worked great!
Next step - stain!
When the stain dried I applied clear coat.
And I'm done!
These little pistols are great.
Thanks for reading!
UPDATE: Several months later I had a ton of scrap material and some new tools to work with, so I decided to make another rubberband gun.
I had 2 triangular pieces of wood and a rather large dowel that would make a nice pair of revolvers.
For the shape I traced an actual revolver that I have. I traced it on one of the pieces of wood.
Then I began trimming that piece of wood with my saws.
For the trigger guard area, I drilled holes with my drill press.
...then I cut out the rest of the area with my jigsaw.
I cleaned up edges and made the finger shapes in the handle with my dremel.
Then I traced the shape onto the second piece of wood.
But before I cut that piece out, I ran the first piece through my new router table. Some of the wood cracked from this process.
So I decided to glue the cracked piece onto the other piece. Now it will be only 1 revolver.
When the glue dried it took a lot of time cutting out the shape again.
This time the thicker piece of wood held up to the pressure of the router table.
Next I cut some pieces of the dowel to be the magazine for the revolver.
But before I add anything else, I need to sand the whole thing first.
Then I glued in the magazine.
For the barrel I glued together 2 pieces of leftover trim from a different project.
This was difficult to glue and clamp, so I glued it and balanced it against the wall.
Once the glue set, I added some nails and then some clothespins on the top.
I added a little decorative pieces such as some side trim, a muzzle, and cylinder underneath the barrel.
Since this gun is now thicker, I needed to carve away material to better fit my fingers.
The dremel was perfect for this.
Then after a little more sanding and cleaning, this thing was good to go!
Next I gave it some stain.
When the stain dried I applied some rub-on polyurethane.
And now I have another awesome rubberband gun!
Thanks for reading!