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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 04-12-2012 01:02 AM 2381 views 17 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I constructed this from plans found in Wood magazine May 2011. I made a few changes. Instead of just a drilled hole in the arm pivot I used bushings which gives the brass shaft a bearing surface which cuts down on friction and allows for further distance when launching the peanut. I also waxed the bed to reduce friction after finishing the assembly with Danish Oil. Instead of knots I used loops in the string that is seized with rod building thread which make for a cleaner look. I can launch a peanut in the shell approx 20 – 25 feet.
Thanks for viewing!

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops





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RandyM68

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 01:14 AM

That’s pretty cool. I’ve thought of building a treb or a catapult, also a guillotine and an electric chair. I have lots of strange ideas. The important question is, can you throw a cat with it?

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 01:15 AM

Very Cool Mike you even re-engineered it. Now for the full size version for your back yard :))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 01:24 AM

I like it. need more details on construction.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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Everette Ponder Jr

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 01:54 AM

I made this same project with one modification that may help you too. I use a bent beer bottle cap as my projectile. LOL

-- Everette in Leicester, North Carolina

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#5 posted 04-12-2012 01:54 AM

That’s a fun project. Its on my list to do some time. I would not have thought to make the modifications you made-Great idea. Good work! Oh, be sure not to put an eye out playin’ with that thing….

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 04-12-2012 02:09 AM

I love it man I have always thought of building one

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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IndianJoe

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#7 posted 04-12-2012 02:31 AM

Hard on Blonds lol need one to shoot the other way for them and I’m just saying this for fun my wife is Blond lol

-- Nimkee** Joe

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Enoelf

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#8 posted 04-12-2012 01:20 PM

Just put this on my favorites list. I am gonna build me one!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

#9 posted 04-12-2012 01:38 PM

I’d like to have one that could launch a Volkswagen!

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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RetiredCoastie

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 04:19 PM

If I had a life size Trebuchet, I’d just get in trouble but don’t think for a minute that I didn’t think of doing just that. Some how the wife figured what I was thinking and I figured out what she was thinking and that my friends was the last thought I had of building one of those for the yard.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#11 posted 04-12-2012 04:22 PM

When I’m ready to lay siege to a castle I will call you.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 04-12-2012 04:33 PM

Well just in case the wife changes her mind-

http://www.fallpumpkinfarm.com/catapult.html

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Douwe

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#13 posted 04-12-2012 04:34 PM

What a great little trebouchet. 6-7 meters is quite a distance for a peanut. I guess heavier things will even go further. Like your work.

-- Douwe

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#14 posted 04-12-2012 05:12 PM

Looks like a fun project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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don1960

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#15 posted 04-12-2012 08:01 PM

Way cool.

I’ve got a couple years to wait for my Grandkids to be old enough for that, but it’s now on the list. hehehe…

-- -- Don from PA

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