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How to Make Wooden Toy Gun

By Jane Smith ; Updated April 18, 2017

Children love pretend play. Even children without access to toy guns will use their hands or a stick to play cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians. It is important, however, to ensure that a toy gun does not look too realistic. Rubber band guns give your child an opportunity to learn marksmanship without doing the damage that BBs or pellets can, although they will sting a little. Be sure to teach proper safety rules before allowing your child to use a wooden toy gun of any kind.

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Lay out the shape of the gun on the 1-by-6 inch by 12-inch stock wood. Cut along the outline of the gun using a jigsaw. Make a notch in the nose of the gun with the jig saw. Use jeweler's files to round the notch until it is about ¼-inch wide and ½-inch deep.

Use a drill press and a 1½-inch hole saw to cut out the trigger ring. Sand the entire gun using coarse, medium, fine and extra fine sandpaper.

Paint the gun with several coats of orange fluorescent paint. Allow paint to dry 24 hours between coats.

Sand entire gun with extra fine sandpaper, then apply two or three coats of clear acrylic deck coating.

Glue a clamp-style clothespin to the top of the gun, with the jaws of the clothespin facing the notch in the nose. Load the gun by stretching a rubber band from the notch to the jaws of the clothespin. Release the rubber band by pressing on the legs of the clothespin.

Things You Will Need

  • 1-inch by 6-inch by 12-inch stock wood
  • Black marker
  • Jigsaw or wood-cutting band saw
  • Jeweler's files
  • Drill press, 1½-inch hole saw
  • Coarse, medium, fine and extra fine sandpaper
  • Clamp-style wooden clothespin
  • Wood glue
  • Fluorescent orange or yellow acrylic paint
  • Clear acrylic deck coating
  • Large rubber bands


Use only bright or fluorescent colors for toy guns.

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About the Author

Jane Smith has provided educational support, served people with multiple challenges, managed up to nine employees and 86 independent contractors at a time, rescued animals, designed and repaired household items and completed a three-year metalworking apprenticeship. Smith's book, "Giving Him the Blues," was published in 2008. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in education from Kent State University in 1995.

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