Wood Mag Trebuchet

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Project by Pdl posted 03-23-2011 01:20 AM 5084 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Trebuchet from the latest issue of Wood Magazine. It is in the back. My 11 year old son and I built it this past weekend. I improvised some of the connections but the overall design is from the mag. It was fun and super easy to build and much more fun to shoot. We have been shooting little “Play-dough” balls all over the place. We even shot one over 10 feet. I packed the weight basket with pennys and sealed it off with more “Play-dough”. Enjoy.

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 03:39 AM

I love this! I wonder if can launch Twinkies?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 03:45 AM

Now that is too cool. Have you tried it yet? What kind of range do you get?

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 06:45 AM

Love the seige engine. Have you checked out the big ones on line?

-- Glen

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 08:14 AM

I thought from the thumppicture at the frontpage it was a larger one
but still a good son and father project he will remeber for years to come

thank´s for sharing the moment with us :-)


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#5 posted 03-23-2011 11:01 AM

Great project! Looks fun.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 11:07 AM

This would be great for office warfare.
Attack the cubicles!
If only I worked in an office.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 12:36 PM

If you enjoy that one, go look at this one I built for my kids for Christmas. Here is where you can get the plans for it. With a little refining we are now launching tennis balls over 200 feet and I still think it has more potential.


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#8 posted 03-23-2011 02:45 PM

Nothing beats building something with your son!!! Now, in my case, it would have to be with my grandsons… I’m sure he’ll remember this one for a long time. Good job! Great memories.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#9 posted 03-24-2011 06:30 AM

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#10 posted 03-24-2011 01:24 PM

The Festival Of The Pumpkins looks like fun. Thanks for posting it. Everytime someone sees my kid’s trebuchet that festival is brought up, but I always forget to look up on it.
What first got me very interested in building one was a TV show on the Discovery Channel. They were launching household appliances with one. I’m not talking about toasters and blenders here. No. They were lauching refridgerators and washing machines. Then at the end of the show, the grand finale I guess, they use two huge tractors to roll out a behemoth and they launched a ‘62 VW Bug.


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#11 posted 03-24-2011 09:21 PM

That’s on my to-do list. I’m sure my 5 yr old son would cause all sorts of trouble with it. :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 03-24-2011 10:04 PM

We have had nothing but fun with it. We were launching play-dough all over the place. Man it was fun. We’ll more than likely play with it tonight.

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