How to make crossbows step-by-step

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How to make crossbows step-by-step
Ancient crossbow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brisan/1811580719/)

A crossbow is an ancient weapon and hunting tool that is basically a bow mounted to a stock. The crossbow shoots ammunition commonly referred to as rods. The crossbow became popular in the Middle Ages and is still widely used today as a weapon, but primarily as a hunting tool.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Chopsticks
  • Skewer sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Duct tape
  • String
  • Clothespin
  • Pocket knife
  • Empty pot
  • Clamps

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill a large pot with water and place it on the stove. Turn the stove burner on high and boil the water. As the water heats up and begins to boil place two skewer sticks in the pot. Turn the heat down to low and let the pot sit for 35 minutes.

  2. 2

    Remove the sticks from the pot and bend them into a curved shape. Place the sticks into vice grip-like clamps so that the sticks will retain their new shape.

  3. 3

    Place two chopsticks beside each other. Place two more chopsticks on top of the first two you put down. Use duct tape to secure all four of the chopsticks together. This is the stock of the crossbow.

  4. 4

    Use a pocket knife to cut a notch into the chopsticks about 3 inches from the end of the chopsticks. Place the centre of the bent skewers into the notch. This forms the bow section.

  5. 5

    Glue a half-inch piece of string to both ends of the skewer stick bow. You'll want to go about half an inch in from the end of the skewer sticks.

  6. 6

    Glue a clothespin onto the stock of the crossbow, with the teeth of the pin facing away from you and toward the bow.

  7. 7

    Load your crossbow with your choice of ammo and pull the string back and insert the string inside the clothespin trigger. When you're ready to fire the crossbow simply open the clothespin trigger and fire.

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