Rubber Band Guns


A fellow DangerClubber invited me to a murder mystery evening. My character was listed as a Gun Runner. This inspired me to make some rubber band guns. 
I started out by making some rough shapes from plywood. 

I went through three rapid prototypes in scrap plywood before I got a good shape.

Once I had a shape I liked I traced it onto some scraps of MDF

I used all of the scrap MDF I had laying around and came up with 21 pistols

With every project I try to develop a new skill. This time round it was bandsaw work. I have been meaning to pick up a bandsaw for ages. I used the bandsaw to cut out the blanks. I considered using a template router setup but it was going to be a pain in the ass.

rough blanks before sanding and routing.

Once I had all the blanks cut out I used a 1″ spade bit on the drill press to bore out the “trigger” holes. 

blanks after routing on the left and before routing on the right

Next step was to round off all the edges. I used a 1/4″ roundover bit on the palm router and zipped through the roundings quickly. 

all pistols rounded. ready for the next step

To fire rubber bands I needed to notch the front end of each barrel so its back to the bandsaw. 

small V notch at the end of the barrel.

Final step was to glue a clothes pin to the top of each gun and clamp them together to set. 

21 guns. glue drying.

The next morning I decided to take it a step further and try to make a couple other style of guns

I made a sawed off shotgun 

And a Tommy gun

The rubber band guns were a big hit at the party. 

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