|Project by sIKE||posted 01-18-2010 11:17 PM||4014 views||4 times favorited||18 comments|
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!
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