|Project by mrmrezg||posted 07-17-2014 02:24 AM||1719 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
I woke up saturday morning and asked my kids (son-12, daughter-9) what they wanted to do. As usual, neither of them had any idea on what they wanted to do. I began making suggestions, such as wash the trucks, run for mayor, kidnap a baby elephant, cut the grass…....some where in the mix i said, “build a catapult”. that is what they chose. Of course I have never built one of these, but i have watched pumpkin chunking’, so that makes me somewhat of an expert.
after a trip to Lowe’s and ~$45. we have a trebuchet that can throw a ball about 35 yards. we are still tuning it in and i think we can get 50+ out of it.
It is constructed using 6-2×4s (pink because, well, i have a 9yo daughter), 21” of 1.5” pipe and a cylinder head from a chevy 350.
it really was a fun weekend project.