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Project by sIKE posted 01-18-2010 11:17 PM 3449 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is project I did with my daughter, will have to find the progress pics and add them later (now added). This is for a school project called “Trap the Teacher”. The third grade was studying simple machines and the student had to make a machine that used simple machines in series to capture the teacher, like build a better mouse trap. After talking with her, she chose to make a catapult. Since I have been wanting to make one of these for quite a while, I dug up the plans from an old American Woodworker issue and I went to work making a kit for her to assemble. She did get to make some crosscuts on the RAS, she used the palm sander, and the old mallet to knock everything together. I got sent out on a job in the middle of this project and we rushed to get it done in time. Everything is red oak, except for the trigger which is a left over piece of Cocobolo..and they said I would never find a use for it.

The tray down the center has not been made yet, as this was modified in to a trap. The sling became a rope trap, and the lure was her teachers favorite…chocolate.

I went to school and helped her with her presentation and such, as you could imagine it was a big hit with the kids, the teacher was of course a bit taken back at how quick it worked!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"





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#1 posted 01-18-2010 11:21 PM

Very cool… nice story too.. bet the teacher was overwhelmed…

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 11:26 PM

always nice to make things with the kid in the shop
and a great story too abaut the teacher geting cought
well done papa

Dennis

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 12:19 AM

Very cool looking project. I’m sure the kids were fascinated! How far did it shoot the projectile??

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 12:45 AM

That is awosome! I have always wanted to make one!

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sIKE

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 02:29 AM

Thanks for the comments! I have updated the progress pics with my daughter.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 03:46 AM

Very Cool. I made a quick and dirty one of these a while ago and it was loads of fun. I’m keep telling myself I need to make another.

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#7 posted 01-19-2010 03:54 AM

neat

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 06:08 AM

that is sweet. always wanted to make one.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#9 posted 01-19-2010 05:25 PM

Awesome job, my daughter and I also made one this weekend, or at least started. She is part of of a group that competes in DI (destination imagination) Where with a skit and props they need to solve a problem. Theirs is to get a hacky sack over a barrier and they choose catapults to do this. We have 3 of the 4 prototypes completed, a lever with a conveyor belt feeding systems, a Mangonel, and a Trebuchet. We have one last one which is a slingshot, I wanted to do a balliista but she wanted it to look like a tree. She is the boss on this one. Anyway good shooting…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 05:30 PM

aah… chocolate… the best bait for teachers… :)

this looks fantastic! deserves a video presentation I would say.

I have to find plans for something like this also. very cool

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#11 posted 01-19-2010 05:45 PM

can you pop holes in drywall ? nice looking job

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#12 posted 01-19-2010 07:06 PM

I can’t wait to make one of these. I have to finish some furniture I started for the wife first though or I’ll never hear the end of it. :)

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 01-19-2010 08:55 PM

Good story, cute kid, nice machine, enough said.

Steve

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sIKE

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#14 posted 01-19-2010 09:49 PM

Might have to get a little vid up here once I get the tray and the trajectory stuff worked out!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#15 posted 01-31-2010 08:52 AM

Very cool, my daughter is in 1st grade will remeber this in a couple years. looks loike both of you had fun.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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