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Project by Taff posted 05-24-2011 09:46 PM 2988 views 34 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recent magazine article reminded me of the fun I had as a youngster with a trebuchet I built with my Meccano (Erector) Set. The one here is for my grandson and tosses an unshelled peanut 14 feet or so. Next I am going to build a Marshmallow Catapult for my granddaughter with my thanks to Ken C (Lockwatcher). Have fun.

-- Glyn, North Carolina

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 09:54 PM

LOML and I have “marshmellow guns” that we gave each other for Christmas a few years ago (they are great fun to shoot dog treats out of and watch the dog scamper after it… ) the Trebuchet would be a great project to keep us, and that hyper dog busy…

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 10:23 PM

Cool idea, great fun for the kids.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 11:28 PM

I love it. Wish I had nephews….

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 11:32 PM

What a fun looking project.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#5 posted 05-25-2011 12:02 AM


-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#6 posted 05-25-2011 01:04 AM

That is one interesting catapult for peanuts! Isn’t it great to have FUN making something and then the kids (or grandkids) also have a lot fun playing with a toy you made with love. Have more fun!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#7 posted 05-25-2011 01:19 AM

That’s so cool looking. Makes me want to make one for my daughter. You did a fine job on the build.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 02:25 AM

That looks great! My neighbor has been working on a similar one from a magazine project. How long did it take to build? What wood did you use?

My Marschmallow Catapult that I built was designed to be easy and quick – mine you will find behind the furniture – yours is a piece of furniture!

Very Cool!

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#9 posted 05-25-2011 10:24 AM

OK so I’ll sit on the couch & we can adjust it so I catch the lot LOL, next week we can do the same for the m/mallows :)))))
nice job Glyn

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 05-25-2011 02:12 PM

Heck yeah!

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#11 posted 05-25-2011 03:22 PM

This has been on my list for a while. Mine probably wnt be that fancy though.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 05-25-2011 03:28 PM

That’s pretty sharp and I’d love to see a video of it shooting off. You did a nice job on it.

-- 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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#13 posted 05-25-2011 10:52 PM

Go to – it shows a video in the May issue

-- Glyn, North Carolina

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#14 posted 05-26-2011 09:53 AM

Love it.

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#15 posted 05-28-2011 06:38 AM

My kids want one of these, I even have the plans, just lack of time. Great work, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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