|Project by DanoP||posted 09-20-2012 03:49 AM||2763 views||13 times favorited||17 comments|
I was intrigued by a few of the wonderful trebuchets posted by my fellow LJs and thought I would give it a shot. I thew together a quick one out of pine in a few hours and was hooked. It was about twice the size of this one and could throw a golf ball size rock 45 feet. Didn’t take much of that to decide that I wanted to make a nice one.
The base and frame is walnut, the arm is jatoba and the basket has a little maple thrown in for contrast. The pivot is a stainless steel shaft and instrument bearings. I fashioned the trigger out of a brass rod and brass flat stock that I had left over from making my marking gauge. The basket is filled with lead shot stabilized and sealed with epoxy.
This has got to be the funnest build I have done to date. There are more half lap joints and hand fitting and trimming than I can mention. The finished product ended up strong, square and a straight shooter.
Once I clear a short list of honey dos I think I might just start on a catapult.
Thanks for looking – your comments and critiques are always welcome.
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