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Project by Thalweg posted 04-03-2016 10:48 PM 1549 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rubber band gun that I built. It is based on a design by Julian Lyndon Marsh, out of his book “Building the Rotary MEK-10X, Rubber Band Machine Gun”. I redesigned pretty much every piece of the gun because I don’t like copying other peoples designs.

The gun is made almost entirely out of walnut. For an additional challenge, I used as much joinery as possible. There are numerous mortise and tenons, dadoes, rabbets, sliding dadoes, and a sliding dovetail. It’s finished with lacquer.

So far, I’ve only loaded about 60 rubber bands on it, which it will fire off in a few seconds. In theory, it should hold over 100 rubber bands, but that gets to be a lot of tension on the whole rig, and it starts getting a little scary.

More photos and a video of it firing are available here:
http://s524.photobucket.com/user/bsobotka/library/Rubber%20Band%20Gun





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 11:37 PM

thats some rubber gun. Great project.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 04-04-2016 01:25 AM

This thing would be great at work!

-- Dean

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 04-04-2016 03:47 AM

Nice work. What is the loading to shooting ratio time?

-- 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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Thalweg

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 04:06 AM



Nice work. What is the loading to shooting ratio time?

- TopamaxSurvivor


Probably about five minutes to load, five seconds to unload.

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majuvla

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#5 posted 04-04-2016 06:06 AM

WOW! What an impredive piece of maschinery. My boys would get crazzy if they see it. Thompson looks great, wood is beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 04-04-2016 09:37 AM

it’s nice to challange yourself and win – good job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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becikeja

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#7 posted 04-04-2016 10:30 AM

Oh what I could do with that…....
Really cool

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 04-04-2016 02:01 PM

That is a great project and I’m sure that the kids must love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 04-04-2016 07:52 PM

Wow! That is cool !

Oh, and this guy wants one !
.

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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 04-05-2016 01:43 AM

Excellent, my kids would drive me crazy reloading it and running to the store for more rubber bands!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 04-05-2016 04:54 AM

I thought about making one, but my grand kids couldn’t load it fast enough for me ;-)

-- 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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#12 posted 04-05-2016 07:29 AM

Grandkids that reminds me of waterbombs takes ages to fill and seconds to empty
Woodworking wise its a very skilled construction.

Warren Beaty impersonating Dick Tracy, is he still going? I remember Mandrake too! havent see eithe for ages

-- Regards Robert

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ShogunJimi

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#13 posted 04-07-2016 01:09 PM

Very nice which is to say I’m lost for words. On a practical note; how much does it weigh?

-- Only a woodworker will value a good screw-up

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Thalweg

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#14 posted 04-07-2016 06:27 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone.
I don’t really have any way of weighing it. It’s not exactly light. I’d guess 7-8 pounds.

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