Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare by John AustinPopularMechanics.com selection for one of The Best DIY and Home Improvement Books of 2009
We’ve come a long way from the Peashooter Era: with the advent of modern household products and office supplies—binder clips, clothespins, rubber bands, ballpoint pens, toothpicks, paper clips, plastic utensils, and (of course) matches and barbeque lighters—troublemakers of all stripes have the components needed to build an impressive, if somewhat miniaturized, arsenal.
Toy designer John Austin provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, including materials and ammo lists, clear diagrams, and construction tips, for mayhem-loving MacGyvers. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters. Build a tiny trebuchet from paper clips and a D-cell battery. Wrap a penny in a string of paper caps to create a surprisingly impressive “bomb.” Several of the projects even include variations where combatants mount laser pointer sights to their shooters to increase their accuracy.
Finally, once you’ve built your armory, the author provides plans for a Top Secret Concealing Book to hide your stash, as well as targets for shooting practice. Never let your personal space go undefended again!
DIY Pencil Crossbow (office supplies parts)
Easy Pencil Crossbow
Would you like to know how to make a crossbow that really works and won't cost you a dime? Here's a great way to put those school supplies you have lying around to good use. The steps are as follows:. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Together, they cited information from 5 references. Categories: Featured Articles Pencil Tricks. Learn more
Back-to-school time is a great time to find pencils on sale, and what better use for them than to make them into a crossbow! And what better way to explore the laws of physics? A couple weeks ago, Aidan age 10 had a friend over who built him this awesome crossbow out of unsharpened pencils and rubber bands! Be aware that this book is not really geared toward kids. The title is very tongue-in-cheek and refers to cubicle dwellers building fun weapons out of office supplies. While the book has a lot of awesome projects, some of them are dangerous!
Take your spitball firepower to the next level with this guide for constructing a No. For those familiar with the classic Bic pen's true function—not as a lackluster writing implement but as the ideal barrel for a middle school-era rubber band shooter —Mini Weapons is the Holy Grail : a beautifully illustrated guide for making all manner of miniature munitions, from slingshots and catapults to mines and bazookas, with supplies that can be found in any household, office, or classroom. You can start turning implements of work into instruments of war by picking up John Austin's Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction on Amazon and can find more information at JohnAustinBooks. The 2 Crossbow is a larger variant of the other bows found in this book. With a structurally solid design and double elastic power, it is equipped to fire large realistic skew arrows. It sports a pen-housing barrel that helps with both accuracy and control.
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