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How to make easy crossbow bolts for beginners

Updated February 21, 2017

A crossbow requires practice if the bolt being shot is to accurately hit a target. You can make your own crossbow bolt to use with a homemade or commercially purchased crossbow. You will need a few hardware supplies and some tools found in most households. The procedure is straightforward and not complicated.

Place a sheet of newspaper on a table. Remove the wooden rod from the baseball banner. Dispose of the banner in the trash.

Cut a 5-cm (2-inch) length of rod from the wooden rod, using the wire cutters.

Cut a hole into one end of the 5-cm rod with the blade of the utility knife. Apply hot glue to the hole. Place the nail, point facing outward, into the hole. Let the hot glue set for two minutes.

Sharpen the other end of the 5-cm rod into a point with the utility knife. Apply hot glue to the hole at one end of the 30-cm (12-inch) rod.

Insert the sharpened end of the 5-cm rod into the end of the 30-cm rod. Let the hot glue set for two minutes.

Wrap masking tape around the end of the 30-cm rod where it meets the 5-cm rod.

Place the 30-cm rod horizontally on the newspaper. Place a piece of masking tape across the free end of the 30-cm rod.

Turn the rod over. Place a piece of masking tape across the free end. Smooth the two pieces of masking tape together with your fingers.

Cut a right-angled corner out of the masking tape that is on either side of the rod to form stabilising fins. Your homemade crossbow bolt is ready for use.

Tip

You can place a rubber tip on the end of your crossbow bolt to make it less dangerous.

Warning

Never aim a crossbow at a person or pet.

Familiarise yourself with the laws governing crossbows. It is illegal for someone under 18 to own or use one in the UK. Only target points can be used; broadhead bolts are illegal.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Masking tape
  • 5-cm (2-inch) metal nail
  • Baseball banner
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."