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Took about 90 minutes to cut and assemble this trebuchet for one of my grandsons’ history classes. Antiqued it with a propane torch. Not much to look at, but it threw a golf ball 97 feet! School principal made them stop “testing it” when they hit within inches of a school window. LOL. Made entirely of yellow pine, except for the metal pivot pin for the arm, the cloth sling, the trigger mechanism and a half inch plywood base. Also had about fifteen pounds of lead as ballast.

Even inexpensive projects can be fun. My grandson and his classmates loved it!

PS: date on pic is incorrect. Camera was not set. Made the trebuchet about 3 months ago.

-- Nothing says "I love you" like a new saw blade.





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2354 days ago

Artillery from the old days. Pretty cool.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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walnutter

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#2 posted 2354 days ago

A classic I wish I had as a kid….now your grandson can attach a few water balloons to it and have even more fun. Well done.

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mrtrim

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#3 posted 2354 days ago

i wish i had one now ! i got some neighbors on my nerves ! lol great project , looks like a lot of fun !

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2354 days ago

This is a nice project especially so since you were working with your grandson.

Nice post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 2354 days ago

I assume that by this point the grandson has heard the tradition of returning the diplomats via trebuchet following unsuccessful negotiations, and has re-enacted the historical events?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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RobH

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#6 posted 2354 days ago

97 feet! Wow! It always amazed me how simple things like that can make something go so far. Always makes me wonder how far they could chunk a good sized rock in the old days. Great job with the build. I am sure it will be cherished. All little boys like a lethal weapon.

Keep up the great work!

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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GusRod

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#7 posted 2354 days ago

No, I don’t think my grandson has heard of the tradition of returning diplomats via trebuchet … otherwise he would probably want to send his younger brother! LOL.

-- Nothing says "I love you" like a new saw blade.

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Blake

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#8 posted 2354 days ago

Way cool. Neat project and neat story.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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WhiskeyWaters

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#9 posted 2354 days ago

Can we get a blog with the plans? I know a few grownup kids and real kids that could use one….

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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leonmcd

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#10 posted 2354 days ago

One of my sons made one last summer. It was about 4’ tall and would throw water balloons (safer than golf balls) about 120 feet. I was amazed at the accuracy. You could cluster shots in 6’ circle at 40 yards. As he was building this I was wondering how do you get it to turn loose of the rope at exactly the right time. Turns out that the trigger is a strategically placed bent nail. The guy that invented this ( back in the day) was pretty sharp.

BTW – Yours looks much better than my son’s. His was just unfinished 2×4’s , concrete blocks in a bucket for ballast and a dish towel for a sling.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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GusRod

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#11 posted 2354 days ago

Hey, the idea of blogging it and even including plans sounds intriguing but it will have to wait a few days. I’m in the middle of getting some medical tests done and it’s taking most of my time. Barely have time to answer emails and respond to comments, etc. Besides that, the ‘old lady’ has been on my case about remodeling her kitchen. My disability (bilateral peripheral neuropathy, among others) makes it impossible to do more than four or five hours of work a day and even typing is a real chore for me. Believe it or not, I could once type about 140 words per minute. It’s taken me close to ten to type this much now! But thanks for the support. I’ll do a blog as soon as I can.

-- Nothing says "I love you" like a new saw blade.

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Karson

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#12 posted 2354 days ago

Take care Gus and keep us informed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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tomd

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#13 posted 2353 days ago

Just what I love, toys for tots.

-- Tom D

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rikkor

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#14 posted 2353 days ago

Neat. Did you have plans?

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Tomcat1066

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#15 posted 2353 days ago

Trebuchets are awesome. I actually can’t wait until I’ve got a chance to help my son build one for one of his classes :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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