Desktop Trebuchet

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Project by kevinbradshaw posted 12-05-2014 01:49 AM 1875 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Desktop trebuchet. it’s made from leftover pine. it’s all just glued together. the counterweight is a bored out piece of pine filled with coins.

the “cannonballs” are dum dum lollipops with the sticks cut off and wrapped in tape. it fires those things about 13 feet.

here’s a slo-mo video of it in action:

-- Kevin - Tampa, FL

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 05:46 AM

So cool teaching children all sorts of things like motion dynamics, arc of trajectory, leverage, the art of simple things well made. Nice!!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 06:57 AM

Great toy – awsome!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 02:07 PM

Very cool and the last picture is priceless. Wearing a huge flower in her hair and playing with siege toys. Forget about “boy’s toys” and “girl’s toys”, let them play with good stuff. Nice job dad.

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 02:32 PM

A little more weight, a barbie doll, priceless.

In all respects, a Trebuchet is a demonstration of forces, levers, and balance. Without it, current cable type elevators would not exist.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 03:03 PM

so many broken things to come… when I was a kid there was a game called Crossbows and Catapults, and it was the greatest game… EVER.

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 03:16 PM

That is a real nice miniature trebuchet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 12-05-2014 05:57 PM

so many broken things to come… when I was a kid there was a game called Crossbows and Catapults, and it was the greatest game… EVER.

- JeffinLSMO

Yup, that was an awesome game. i’ve got plans in my head to re-create that entire game with wood. my brother and i played that game for hours.

-- Kevin - Tampa, FL

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#8 posted 12-07-2014 04:47 AM

Yours is fantastic! My version is simpler, which I built as one of my first ever wood working projects, here:
Yours is definitely nicer! And your slow-motion video is wonderful! I don’t have that capability, yet.
Thanks for sharing! Down with those French dogs! Attack! (No offense intended for our French Lumberjocks.)

-- --bch

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