Securing a Fork
There are three species of trees that seemingly were set apart from the rest
when it comes to producing well-shaped Beanshooter forks. These are:
Of these my preference would be the common Dogwood due to the
denseness of its wood fibers... its hardness after drying... and the ease with which its bark can be stripped-off.
Step 1... Search the woods for dogwood trees. Once you've found them, walk
around the tree looking for a forking limb. Take into consideration size, shape, uniformity, and freedom from knots.
Step 2... Cut the fork free from the tree ...leaving plenty of length to both
prongs and handle. Using a sharp pocket-knife, strip off all the bark. If needed... even up the two sides(prongs) of the fork.
(They should be about the thickness of your index finger.)
Step 3... Store the fork where it can air-dry for a period of at least two
Step 4... Use a piece of broken glass to shave the rough edges, thereby producing
a smooth fork.
Step 5... Using your knife, cut the prongs to proper length (about 3 1/2"
or 11cm). The handle should be about 4 1/2 to 5" or 14 to 15cm (measured from the "crotch"). Now carefully cut notches into
each prong near its end ( front and back).
Preparing the Beanshooter Rubber
If you are fortunate enough to have access to red-innertube rubber that is
still in good condition... use it to make your set of rubbers.
Most likely you will have to settle for present day, pure-gum rubber. This
will be quite adequate as it exhibits the "snap" necessary for making a good beanshooter.
Using a quality pair of scissors, carefully cut two strips
(3/4" x 14"
or 2cm x 42cm)) each.
Making the Pouch
We used to "rob" the tongue from a worn-out shoe to make the pouch for our
beanshooter... but if you'd rather not do that... it's not too difficult to find scrap leather being thrown away by local
The leather should be fairly thin... yet strong (not torn easily).
Once you have secured a piece of leather... cut out a rectangle measuring
2" x 5" ( 6cm x 15cm).
Now cut a 1/4" (8mm) hole near each end. This hole should be within 1/2" (15mm)
of the end. This is where you will later fasten the rubber strip.
Finally... take your scissors and round-off the corners of the rectangular
Assembling the Beanshooter
Now you're ready to pull the parts together and assemble your beanshooter.
Place one end of a rubber strip through the hole in the pouch and lap it back
on itself about 3/4" (2cm). Using a #16 rubber band, make four or five tight wraps around the "lapped" section... then tie
the ends securely forming a hard knot. Take a second rubber strip and do the same to the other end of the pouch.
Take the free end of one of the rubber strips... lap its end over 3/4" (2cm)
and place it into the notch on the fork. Use a #32 rubber band to tie this securely to the fork. Keeping the two rubber strips
aligned properly... position the second like you did the first and tie securely.
You are now ready to test your trusty new BEANSHOOTER