Tiny Palm-Sized Crossbow Build Is Cute And Dangerous

Crossbows were a major development in the history of weaponry. They enabled lesser-skilled soldiers to shoot arrows at great speed in a compact form-factor. You can now build your own tiny version, thanks to this creation from [Maciej Nowak].

The main body of the crossbow was cut from a piece of aluminium bar stock, being shaped with an angle grinder. A slot was then machined to mount the crossbar and pulleys. A round piece of aluminium tube serves as a spring holder, and the spring is tensioned via pulling back a length of sailing rope to rest on a latch. The latch is released by a small trigger, just like on a full-size crossbow.

The arrows (or bolts, more typically) were made by machining skewers and giving them hard metal tips cut from nails. This enables them to penetrate apples, and presumably other fruits. They fly straight enough to reliably hit a target from a meter or two away.

We’ve seen other crossbow builds before, like this one that fires cannonballs! Just be careful where you aim, and don’t get yourself or anyone else hurt.

17 thoughts on “Tiny Palm-Sized Crossbow Build Is Cute And Dangerous

    1. :)
      I’m assuming this is missing the /s.
      But, if not, it is caused by a spore forming bacterium, C tetani, and the rusty nail myth really has to do with the fact that it is an aerobe and deep wounds allow for better conditions for it to survive.

  1. Take your “solder sucker”, make a small hole in the plunger end. Put a “hobby blade” on a wooden swab. Pretty much the same idea. Sticks well in acoustic ceiling tiles.

    1. People that want Ricin should follow the instructions in ‘The Anarchists Cookbook’.

      Because those aren’t deliberately wrong and designed to kill the cook at all. If you can’t trust the author of that book, who can you trust?

  2. hahah i saw this in a movie and had to think a little while to remember which one. it’s at the end of The Gods Must Be Crazy, a tiny bow is used to deliver needles with sleeping drug

Leave a Reply

Please be kind and respectful to help make the comments section excellent. (Comment Policy)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.