Rubber Band Gatling Gun

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 03:58 PM

HHmmm.. I smell a self loader being worked on…
Neat project !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 04:16 PM

Uh, no. That’s a great idea. However, my next idea is one with a double turrent.
I’m also entertaining the idea of hooking up two parrelel shafts with a chain to make one with four turrents, two above and two below. What would that be called? A quadruple barrel?


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#3 posted 08-31-2011 04:26 PM

This looks really great.

So I have now seen a normal rubber band gun, shot gun, Gatling gun

Hmm… Rubber band grenade….

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 04:41 PM

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” :D

Just kidding! Looks cool.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 08-31-2011 04:53 PM


-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 05:02 PM

never seen anything like it, but I’m not much of a youtube viewer. This is really cool. My kids would love this, but momma would hate it… thanks for the link to find the plans, this might be something to try in my shop also.

I saw a TV show awhile back where they remade an ancient Chinese design for a repeating cross bow, would be another fun project, probably more dangerous though.

fun project,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 08-31-2011 05:21 PM

Mark, if you’re interested in a cross bow, here is a crossbow you could build that’ll put marbles through quarter inch plywood.
I don’t know how I find this stuff. I have found all kinds of ideas of things I’d like to build.
Trebuchet (already done, but thinking of going larger scale)
Rubber band gatling gun (done, but thinking of adding additional turrents)
Marble shooting crossbow
Potato gun
Watermellon cannon
Oooooh, the possibilities are endless.
I have to space these things out though to keep my wife off my butt. She doesn’t mind me building them so much. She does mond though that I get the kids so interested in them.


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#8 posted 08-31-2011 05:22 PM

Thanks everyone.
“You’ll put your eye out kid” was the exact phrase I was thinking of the entire time I was loading it up the first time for a test run.
That reminds me. Christmas will be here before we know it. Time to get my brain to working on things besides these toys that’ll get my kids (and me) in deep trouble.


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#9 posted 08-31-2011 06:05 PM

That is is the COOLEST thing I have ever seen. My 10 year-old son is looking over my shoulder BEGGING me to build one. I’ll have to think about that one. Once you get the bugs worked, let me know what you did to fix them. Thanks. And nice project!

-- "It's not a mistake. It's a design feature."

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#10 posted 08-31-2011 06:27 PM

That is really cool. I like the size of yours! How many rubber bands can you load on it? It looks like it takes the BIG ones too.
Here it is…........Jim

I was at a craft show and I bought one from a guy that makes them out of plastic and he holds a patent on it. I was really surprised about that and the price. He was selling them for $12

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-31-2011 07:26 PM

Yan, I saw that repeating cross bow too . . . works really well! So between it and your Gatlin gun, we should have no problem fending off those bearded terrorists, heh?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 09-01-2011 01:41 AM

that is just the right thing to have ready as a suprice when the boys in the neighborhood
declare war with rubberguns and waterguns ….. LOL

but loading it … toooo tedius …. still remember how it was loading real magasins to mashinegun
as soldier :-(

looks forward to the update thuogh :-)


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#13 posted 09-01-2011 02:57 AM

That’s hilarious….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#14 posted 09-01-2011 03:01 AM

Jim, it holds 100 rubber bands. It takes the large size #117. I bought a one pound bag of them at Office Max for around eight bucks.

Noooow for the update.
I just couldn’t wait, so I spent the better part of today working on it. I now have more time in fine tuning it then I do in the actual build.
In the plans, the brad nails on the rear turrent plate are supposed to be 3/16” sticking out from the plate. It also recommends a 20-30 degree bend to them to aid in the rubber bands to slide off the nails.
No matter how much I played with it though, I was still having problems with some rubber bands hanging up. So I can’t tell you which of these steps specifcally done the trick or what combination, but here is what I have done to it since the original completion of the build yesterday.
Used my dremil drill with a sanding disk to de-bur all 100 nails on the rear turrent plate. I had slowly shot off rubber band until one hung up. Upon close inspection, I found it had a very tiny bur on it. The instructions do warn about filing all burs off, but apparantly I missed a few. So I went back over all of them.
After doing this, it helped, but I was still having hang up.
I played around with the height of the release rod, but that didn’t seem to help any.
I wound up driving the brad nails in until only about 1/8” was left sticking out. This helped a lot, but there was still a glitch every once in a while. I started to thinking that even with such long bands, there was still a lot of tension on them, creating friction between the nail and rubber band.
So put more of a bend in the nails. This seemed to make things worse, so I went back to my original 20 degree angle.
Next, I took a rag and some Johnson’s Past Wax. I waxed every nail on the rear turrent plate and the release rod. This helped a LOT.
So, after all this, I now have done a total of four test fires without any hangups.

Ya’ll do realize don’t ya’ll? Four test fires with loading 100 rubber bands in between each has gone beyond testing and went into the realm of just plain FUN.

Now, satisfied with the performance of the Gatliing at this point, it is sitting in the shop, waiting on my first worthy victim. Uh, no. Not victim. Poor choice of words. Test subject. I’m waiting on my first test subject.


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Mark Shymanski

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#15 posted 09-01-2011 04:09 AM

It would be great to see a video of this in action! What a cool build!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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