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Toy Catapult's For The Grandkids

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Project by woodshaver (Tony) posted 12-10-2014 06:06 PM 8118 views 89 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Please see the edit for a measurement mistake I made. Sorry guys… I’m full of type o’s.

Scrap wood project… Christmas Gift for the kids
I built these using a photo I saw on line. I had to guess at the measurements. I think they turned out ok!

Our 6 year old twin Grandchildren will have fun Catapulting ping pong balls at each other or playing a game of trying to get them into a bucket. It’s a simple to make toy. I used up some wood scraps laying around the shop and found some ping pong balls at the Dollar Tree store. 4 packs of 8 balls =32 for $4 bucks, this should keep them busy for a while!
All comments good or bad welcome! Thanks for looking!

PS.. Those small bungee cords work well too! See them in the last picture.

Update….
It was bought to my attention that I left out the measurement for the axle. From the top of the uprights measure down 3 1/2” and attach it there. I also fixed the measurement on the plan.
Thanks Pete!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!





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#1 posted 12-10-2014 06:31 PM

Very cool!

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 06:33 PM

What a great toy Tony, not only for 6 yr. old’s but for the rest of us kids as well :-) How far will they shoot the ping pong balls? Thanks for adding the dimensions buddy.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 06:35 PM

Sweet!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 06:44 PM

Yes, very cool. What better way to enjoy Christmas than to watch the grand kids play the way we use to. Our favorite was to set up toy soldiers and knock them down.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#5 posted 12-10-2014 06:47 PM

Thanks guys! It was fun to make them and yes Lee it’s fun for us big kids too!

Lee, I did a test shot and the ping pong ball went 12 feet. I used two small rubber bands but I guess it depends on the rubber bands as to how far the ball’s will travel. I can see the kids launching other toys as well! LOL !!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 12-10-2014 07:02 PM

Dave, you gave me more ideas to have fun with this thing! Knocking things down! Kids love to do that! Me too!

I made them so I could take them apart and have the kids put them together when they get them for Christmas. This way they can say they built them.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 12-10-2014 07:16 PM

What a great toy for kids to play with.
Very nice!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 12-10-2014 08:03 PM

Boy that looks like fun Tony .
Thanks for the plan and if I have time I make some of these for the kids for Christmas .
They are just too cool .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#9 posted 12-10-2014 08:34 PM

Nice

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#10 posted 12-10-2014 08:44 PM

Nice work. Great use for scrap.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 12-10-2014 09:04 PM

I luv em! great post, thanks for the plans

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#12 posted 12-10-2014 09:47 PM

Go buy a bag of army men and let the seige begin!!

-- Ed

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#13 posted 12-10-2014 09:53 PM

Tony, I knock things down and I don’t even have a catapult. ha ha I bet you can make a few wooden stick type men for targets. They can assemble them too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 12-10-2014 11:42 PM

what a cool gift idea. I bet your kids will love the fact that the grandkids will be flinging things all over the house! :-)

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 12-11-2014 01:02 AM

Tony,
They are magic toys, brings back lots of childhood memories. Games, fun and WARS.
Great job and thank you for the plans.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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