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Blog entry by anthm27 posted 12-12-2018 11:51 AM 1105 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I figured I would have a go at building one of these Winchester 1873 rubber band rifles. The project is inspired by these two lumberjocks projects http://lumberjocks.com/projects/210442 and http://lumberjocks.com/projects/100004

The plan for mine is to do it in solid of Ash with Walnut Barrels, Lever and Trigger. I,m doing mine to be more as a wall mounted room feature rather than a kids toy. I kind of want it to be special hence doing most of it out of a solid piece.

Anyways today for sizing and orientation I did the paper cut outs and got a 4 mm hardboard 1st template going. To make a more realistic template I took the 1st template and screwed it to a 5/8th rubbish piece of ply and trimmed it with a flush trim router bit. For sizing and to finish off the 2nd template I screwed a couple of pieces of dowel for barrels. This has allowed me to have a good start and be able to cut the solid piece using a flush trim router bit.

Thanks already to dblply2 who has emailed me lots of detailed pics and given lots of tips already.
Also thanks to the ever loyal Recycle1943. Recycle put some Walnut in the post overnight, Cheers Dick thank you.

Thanks for reading, pics attached.

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process



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recycle1943

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#1 posted 12-12-2018 12:22 PM

gheeeeez that looks pretty nice already. can’t wait to see it with a finish
and you’re welcome

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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anthm27

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#2 posted 12-12-2018 12:58 PM

Thanks for the comment Dick,,
One thing I did with the second template which makes it look nice is run a half inch half round router trimmer around the whole rifle.
I,m really undecided whether I will do this with the real thing or just kind of chamfer the edges.
Ross if your reading I,d be interested in your take.?
Kind Regards
Anthony

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 12-12-2018 01:15 PM

Looks like you’re on your way to a cool firing wall hanger. I bet with the different woods it will look more real.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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anthm27

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#4 posted 12-12-2018 01:33 PM

Thanks Dave, I hopping for something special, just need to take my time. lets see how it turns out.

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#5 posted 12-12-2018 08:30 PM

Wow, but dont bother bringing it here, you will get it confiscated and possibly arrested as well!

I had a look at the mechanism on dbply2’s site, very impressive. His looks to be made from Oregon or as they may know it Douglas Fir.
What does it actually fire,

I could not get the links to work but saw the youtube video knocking over little blocks.
Which sadly is yet another reason to get the bracelets snapped on.

Also did you notice his workbench is very similar to yours?

Might make one myself, the bloody crows are driving me mad (mader) here at the moment.

Have fun now James Arness MkII.

-- Regards Rob

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 12-12-2018 08:33 PM

awesome looking replica should look real nice on a wall GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 12-12-2018 09:49 PM

Yes impressive, but lets see it in action…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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anthm27

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#8 posted 12-12-2018 10:44 PM



Wow, but dont bother bringing it here, you will get it confiscated and possibly arrested as well!

I had a look at the mechanism on dbply2 s site, very impressive. His looks to be made from Oregon or as they may know it Douglas Fir.
What does it actually fire,

I could not get the links to work but saw the youtube video knocking over little blocks.
Which sadly is yet another reason to get the bracelets snapped on.

Also did you notice his workbench is very similar to yours?

Might make one myself, the bloody crows are driving me mad (mader) here at the moment.

Have fun now James Arness MkII.

- robscastle

Mate they only shoot rubber bands unfortunately but the action seems great and cocking it loads another elastic band to be fired., definitely wont take out a Crow though. Yes I was thinking about Australian customs, it would be interesting to know if they will confiscate it or not, the rules are very grey surrounding what is a toy gun or a real one.
Didn’t see the bench, whats with that???
Still hot down there?
Have a good day
James Arness MKII (hilarious)

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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anthm27

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#9 posted 12-12-2018 10:59 PM



awesome looking replica should look real nice on a wall GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Yes impressive, but lets see it in action…

- crowie

Thanks for the comments gents, lets see how it turns out,
Have a good day.

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 12-12-2018 11:29 PM

Looking good Anthony, don’t take it on the plane though LOL.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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anthm27

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#11 posted 12-12-2018 11:34 PM



Looking good Anthony, don t take it on the plane though LOL.

- Grumpy

Hilarious , fortunately I don have much to do with the passengers , just get them A to B safely.
It would be good for pulling Millennial type First officers into line though.

You’ve given me a good idea.

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 12-12-2018 11:49 PM

I did this pistol band gun if you are interested!.
.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/354625

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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robscastle

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#13 posted 12-12-2018 11:50 PM

OK Gun laws in Aust are very strict, in fact everybody is so jumpy you would get arrested for just guesturing as a shooter unless you were on the Flight deck of a carrier dispatching aircraft.

You cannot even buy the pellets for an air rifle these days. As for black powder or ANFO for removing tree stumps and the likes around Kyogle forget it.
In fact I am sure Grumpy is about to get a knock on the door soon!

The youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70uIKbzz8P8

-- Regards Rob

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 12-13-2018 12:09 AM

Ha ha Rob, It only fires rubber bands, it’s a fly killer.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 04-04-2019 11:17 AM

Don’t know how I missed this one! Now I’m reading all the parts of your blog and planning my own project!!!
Thank you for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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