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Project by dblply2 posted 12-30-2015 02:14 AM 2010 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my 5-year-old’s Christmas present this year. He was BEAMING!
Like everything I work on, I ended up going the extra mile (which makes my wife raise her eyebrows most of the time).

Many of you have probably seen the Winchester rubber band gun posted by others previously on LJ. Instead of layered plywood, I wanted to build it out of a single piece of lumber: a 100 year old piece of fir salvaged from an old grainery. I made the barrel out of stainless tubing along with a sight welded on to it. I couldn’t leave off the sheriff’s star which I will hopefully engrave his name on (ran out of time before Christmas!).

He is now the terror of his three sisters and brother. I think I will make more of these for future gifts. (My dad now wants one!)

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#1 posted 12-30-2015 02:25 AM

Beautiful job on this! I think I want one too!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#2 posted 12-30-2015 02:48 AM

Very, very nice. A toy any boy would love.

Are there any plans or did you develop your own?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 12-30-2015 02:59 AM

I used these plans: “”

The plans call for using 4mm ply and building it up. I opted to use a single piece and router out he cavities inside.

It was a really fun build.

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#4 posted 12-30-2015 03:10 AM

Thanks for the source of the plans.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-30-2015 10:08 AM

Absolutely beautifull. You didn’t go the extra mile, you went the extra 10 miles.

-- To finish something you must first start!

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#6 posted 12-30-2015 12:31 PM

Never mind your dad … I WANT ONE !


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 12-30-2015 03:50 PM

Very creative and nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-02-2018 04:46 AM

Hi , I been looking at these rubber band riffles and deciding whether I have a go at one. Seems if I give it ago Ill also go the extra yards, In my opinion The amount of work in shaping the working parts warrants more that cheap plywood.
I was wondering if you could answer a couple of questions.

  • As you say you used one piece, I see the grain flows through to the cover plate that you can obviously unscrew to service the working parts. How did you get this cover plate from the one piece?
  • How wide did you make it? the 3/4 inch ? and how wide are the internal parts?
  • I was wondering how much clearance you gave in the thickness of your working parts?

Thanks in advance.
Kind Regards

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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