|Project by Aaron McCain||posted 01-23-2014 12:18 AM||4000 views||11 times favorited||12 comments|
Back in October I made a marshmallow shooting crossbow following the video and plans posted by Steve Ramsey on his website Woodworking for Mere Mortals. I followed the instructions exactly, but didn’t really like that the trigger and firing pin were both just tied onto the body. So I made a few changes. The first was to make the body wider at 1.125 inches. Then I created a mortise in the body and extended the trigger to slide up into the mortise. A brass rod was used to pin the trigger in place. Due to the rotation of the trigger, I had to widen the hole that extends through the body for the firing pin at the base to allow for a smooth action. I tried a few concepts to pin the firing pin in the trigger, but they just weakened the trigger. So I stuck with tying the pin to the trigger. I ended up making three more for Christmas and they have been a lot of fun. I am surprised at how far the marshmallows shoot.