Tommy Gun

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Project by JPWHIT posted 03-20-2011 12:08 AM 5619 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok so this project is a few months old now. Work has been keeping me busy here recently. anyway…......

Back in January our neighbor said that she was throwing a Bloody Valentine party and that it would be gangster theme and to dress the part. Well being as I am blessed with this ability to turn wood into projects I decided to make some Tommy guns to go with the theme.

I always forget to do a blog or a tutorial as I start my project it never fails its when I am putting the finish on is when I smack my fore head and soy dang it! @%#^& forgot again. I Did some research before I started this project. I found pictures off the internet and specs to ensure I would be as realistic as possible. The best way to maintain the form was to blow up picture that I printed out. I just scaled it to ensure that it would be 36 inches long, the length or a real one.


Barrel. 3/4 inch conduit.
Muzzle suppressor 1 inch wood dowel
the rest of the body of the gun and drum 2x pine stock

I sanded, contoured and shaped the body of the gun and hand grips using an angle grinder with flap wheel and my files.

I cut the gun out as one piece at first then using my scroll saw I separated the hand grips and trigger assembly from the main receiver so that i could mill them down and give them a realistic look. After milling I re-attached them using wood dowels and counter sunk screws that I plugged up.

Finished it with pre stain. and a 50/50 blend of walnut and red oak stain. Used rustolioum black paint to finish everything else.

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 12:21 AM

Uhh what a nice gun,when i was a kid it was my favorite :)

Ill bet a lot kids would do the laundry for long time if they could have one og these :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 12:34 AM

Realistic looking Thompson. I’ll bet you could sell a lot of these to kids. Paint the barrel orange so some dumb cop don’t shoot them. LOL

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 01:35 AM

very nice if it was on the market I’d get one for my boss he loves this gun. He’s still looken to get the real thing I think there about a couple hundred thousand he told me. It is saweeeeeeeeeeet looken though.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 01:37 AM

Great compliment to the costume. The grip and stock add a great effect to it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 02:34 AM


yeah, a good idea, paint the end of the barrel orange so some dumb party goer won’t get shot when they point a realistic firearm replica at a police officer at a party gone overboard. sarcasm intended. dumb cops??? get real.

jp, no knocks towards you, a fine project.

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#6 posted 03-20-2011 02:56 AM

Thanks for the comments. I can understand your suggestion for the orange tip makes sense since it really looks close. I had one of the party goers actually think I brought a real one.

Oh and by the way my job is A MILITARY POLICEMAN in the USMC. I like to think I am not a Dumb cop.
LOL though I do have my Days occasionally.

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 03:12 AM

Nice job, it does look real from here ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 03:42 AM

Nice tommy gun. military policing scary thought! makes me think! about the elderly people having there guns taken away after Catrina. God bless America hope we can pull out of this black hole of communism.

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 04:29 AM

Wauuuu, gangsters, long coats, red lip stick, high heals, whiskey, Ford A and a Tommy gun, yes I enjoy the ride.
Realy cool.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 03-20-2011 06:45 AM

That’s a BEAUTY!!
I would love to have been around during that period in time!

Oddly enough, I was just going to start building one myself, AND! It Really Shoots!! Guess I’ll have to go to the Office Supply Store to buy the “Ammo”.

I don’t have a great deal of confidence when it comes to making Guns though. Tried to make one last year. Spent WEEKS Machining all the Parts but I think there was something wrong with the Plans. Maybe being Left Handed had something to do with it. Just didn’t look right when I got finished so I didn’t bother buying any Ammo to test fire it.

Thanks for Posting Yours John Paul!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 01:39 PM

Great Job, Marine!
If you’re at Quantico, I’d love to see that thing up close. I work outta SYSCOM and they’d love that there.
Since you didn’t do a tutorial blog the first time, you’re just gonna have to make another one.

Semper Fi

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#12 posted 03-20-2011 03:52 PM

Now that’s pretty cool! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 06:16 PM

Great job. They are actually still available from Auto Ordance
around 2000.00$

-- Ray

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#14 posted 04-04-2011 02:02 AM

I see couple of them during Balkan Wars. Scary things. Good for urban warfare, only flow is that gun rattle. Excellent job.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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