Boy crafts are few and far between - so when I headed out on errands and Trevor planned to make some rubberband guns, I asked him to take some pictures for me to blog. While I'm writing this tutorial, he's out of town, so I hope I can guess from the pictures how to make them. Here we go - how to make a Rubberband Gun - - -
First have the boys draw their design on paper. Designing is part of the fun! Then grab some scraps and try to copy the design into something real...
Remember, I'm interpreting the pictures....
Cut the pieces of wood:
Lay them out how you want them to go together:
Screw the pieces together (um, the clothespin isn't attached at this point - ignore that in the picture):
Saw out a groove on the end of the barrel to hold the rubberband:
Put superglue on the underside of a clothespin and hold it or clamp it into place until firm:
That's it! Discuss various rules, such as no aiming for faces, etc. To load, you hook one end of the rubber band in the grove and the other is held by the clothespin. To shoot, just aim and open the clothespin.
Armed and dangerous:
If you have questions about all this, I'll have Trevor answer them, so the answers will make sense!