For about two years, this picture has been sitting on my desktop just waiting to be put together.
I originally had the idea of doing a kit and giving them out for a minor holiday present to some The Walking Dead fanatics and my nephew (my sister would kill me).
Before I could give away crossbow kits I had to come up with a how to. My crossbow looks a bit different than the picture, but it is an easier build and better working model.
It costs about $3.00 to make, and I believe you could put together kits for about $4.00.
Cost me less that 15.00 at Walmart, and I could make five crossbows out of the materials. A second batch would cost less, because I would just need to buy more pencils.
Two rubber bands and two pencils.
Wrap the rubber bands around the ends of the pencils
Repeat Step 1
Using two rubber bands, attach the pencil pairs in a cross fashion, toward the lead end of the pencils. Use the rubber banded edge of stock to help keep the pencils from slipping. Use one rubber band to do the left side of the cross piece and stock, and use the other for the right side. You get a tighter fit.
Take apart a pen to get the tube that is open on both ends. You may need to use a bamboo skewer to help remove the "stopper."
Tape the tube to your stock and crosspiece.
Pry the pencils of your cross piece apart and wedge a file rubber band close to the rubber bands holding your crosspiece together. Secure with a second set of rubber bands on the cross piece.
Tape a seat for the bolt in the middle of your firing band, and set a bamboo skewer in the tube/guide.
Warnings and Disclaimers
Do not take this to school; you will likely get in trouble for having a weapon.
Do not point this at anyone; it can do serious damage.
Dead Thoughts Blog takes no responsibility for any injuries that happen while firing, playing with, making this craft.