How to Make Wooden Spike Throwers for Target Practice

Making wooden spike throwers for target practice is a simple process and can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. Tons of fun to be had with this little contraption.

Steps

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    Cut a wooden dowel into two equal lengths. A length of 6-8 inches (15.24cm x 20.32cm) is recommended.
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    Sharpen the ends in a pencil sharpener if you have one available, otherwise you can whittle the ends to points with a sharp knife.
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    Cut a notch in the middle of each spike with a hobby saw or serrated kitchen knife. The notches must be as wide as the spike and cut halfway through the width of the wood.
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    Use a small amount of wood glue to secure the spikes together, forming an "X" shape.
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    Allow the glue to dry for around 5 to 10 minutes. Once dried, find an old shoelace or other cord-like material to wrap the spike thrower together. Wrap the lace around the center of the X once, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of length.
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    Wrap the lace around the X crosswise and tie the ends together in a double knot. Using a lighter, burn the ends together. Allow them to cool for a couple of seconds and press them tight with your finger.
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    Make a target. Targets can be made out of anything that the wood will pierce. For example, you could use a paper grocery bag and fill it up with Styrofoam. A large piece of Styrofoam insulation would make an excellent target as well; a great way to reuse old packaging.
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    Aim at the target and have fun!
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    Finished.

Tips

  • The tips of the spikes will eventually get dull after repeated throws. Simply resharpen them in a pencil sharpener and they will be good as new!
  • Wrapping the spikes in duct tape will give them added weight and they will be more likely to stick in the target.

Warnings

  • Children should always be supervised closely when using these spike throwers.
  • Exercise caution and set your target up in an area that isn't surrounded by breakable items. Try a clean clutter free corner in your basement.
  • Make sure you don't hit someone with the spike thrower.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden dowel lengths
  • Pencil sharpener or sharp knife
  • Hobby saw or serrated kitchen knife
  • Glue
  • Shoelaces or cord
  • Target materials such as Styrofoam

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