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Just another little bit of sweetness from Matthias Wandel, whose fantastic “woodworking for engineers” site, woodgears.ca, we have, to date, linked to more than a dozen times. See below.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


15 Responses to Marble-Shooting Wooden Crossbow Punches Through Plywood

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  1. I want one. That way I’ll still have a potentially lethal self defense weapon when Obama manages to finish packing the SCOTUS with anti-Second Amendment judges and they decide by judicial fiat that the 2nd Amendment only applies to members of the Military and Law Enforcement.

  2. hello welcome goodbye et bonne et fructueuse journée

  3. Hmm… While I’d barely classify that 1/8″ luan crap as “plywood”, and mention that you could put your finger through it with very little effort, I still want one.

  4. Brilliantly awesome idea! A must have device, where can I get the plans for making one?

  5. tibbe zwenkwiel on said:

    I used to shoot marbles using my sling shot
    basicaly the same effect
    best was firing it at windows, would leave this perfectly round holes

  6. tibbe zwenkwiel on said:

    I used to shoot marbles using my sling shot
    basicaly the same effect
    best was firing it at windows, would leave this perfectly round holes

  7. tibbe zwenkwiel on said:

    I used to shoot marbles using my sling shot
    basicaly the same effect
    best was firing it at windows, would leave this perfectly round holes

  8. Looks like a nice little weekend project to me!

  9. Mac Whitaker on said:

    I, like Matthias, live in the country, and after recently joining MAKE, saw this, and thought of using it as a ranged way to shoo deer from our garden. Overkill? I hope it wouldn’t hurt the deer, so I won’t be using ball bearings. Any thoughts?

  10. Mac Whitaker on said:

    What kind of tool was used to make the track for the barrel?

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