|Project by Aaron McCain||posted 02-27-2012 04:43 AM||3841 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
I saw the plan for this toy trebuchet in the May 2011 issue of Wood Magazine and knew I would build it for Christmas. I actually built three, and they didn’t quite get done for Christmas. Here are two of them. I’ve already sent the third to my brother after the birth of his second daughter. I figured with all those x chromosomes running around in his home he could use a testosterone inducing toy that does nothing more than fling things across the room. It actually flings peanut m&ms and pistachios very well. I think our best is about 25 feet.
They are made up of a hodge-podge of wood I had laying around the shop: maple, mahogany, and oak. Didn’t get around to finishing them, I had thought to wipe them down with BLO, but have had too much fun tossing food around the house.
My 9-yr old son is quite pleased with his gift, as you can see. We started with a small bouncy ball at first, but it doesn’t go quite as far as the pistachios do. Here is a video of it in action: