How to build a wooden rubber band shooter

Here’s a simple toy that can be built out of scrap wood and a clothes pin!

Aidan inherited this awesome pile of scrap wood a few weeks ago:

How to build a rubber band shooter

So many possibilities with a pile of wood like that!  I decided to do a basic wood working project with Gresham (age 7.5) and Owen (age 5).  We decided to make a rubber band shooter.

Gresham and I worked together to cut some 1 x 4 boards into short sections.  We also found some flat pieces that would work for stretching the rubber band around.

How to build a rubber band shooter

Gresham had a great time using the saw for the first time (with help, of course!) and sanding the boards.

How to build a rubber band shooter

We attached our two boards with wood glue and then used wood glue to attach a wooden clothes pin.

To load, stretch a rubber around the end of the shooter.  We found that thick rubber bands work the best.  Thin ones slip out of the clothes pin.

How to build a rubber band shooter

To shoot, simply release the clothes pin!  So much fun!

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I love Owen’s serious look in this photo…

How to build a rubber band shooter

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  1. Almost Unschoolers Jul 6, 2014

    His expression is perfect! We love projects that turn into toys.

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