Spent way too much time building a toy Trebuchet

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Project by DanoP posted 09-20-2012 03:49 AM 2763 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 04:16 AM

That is quite a lovely trebuchet! Where do you plan to take it into battle? Is it your own design? What can you throw and how far can you throw it? I am tempted to try one too – especially after seeing this piece of art.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 04:33 AM

Battle plans… Office warfare!

It will throw a Jolly Rancher About 25 feet.

My design??? Kinda. I spent a lot of time checking out other ones her on LJs and the web and I spent a lot of time studying Taff’s wonderful piece ( Bottom line, I took inspiration from the masters before me but I’m Proud to call this one all my own.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 04:34 AM

Very nice trebuchet!

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 06:05 AM

Best looking one I have ever seen. Well done.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 07:21 AM

Nice work! You can’t spend too much time doing stuff like this ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 07:25 AM

Very impresive machine, perfectly made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 12:34 PM

Nice build. I sense punkins in your future.

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 12:41 PM

Looks like my link to Taff’s trebuchet didn’t work. Trying again. If this doesn’t work just search on his project number 48986.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 02:23 PM

There is no such thing as spending too much time building a toy trebuchet. Looking forward to seeing the catapult.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 03:55 PM

You’ve got a great looking desktop trebuchet… Now it’s time to build a BIG one and go Punkin Chunkin... Just search Google for the key words “punkin chunkin” and you’ll find they have a category for you to compete and win!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 09-20-2012 06:23 PM

Did somebody say pumpkin’ chunkin?!

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 09-20-2012 09:32 PM

This reminds me of my Physics project way back in high school. But yours is way better!

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#13 posted 09-21-2012 12:02 AM

Punkin’ chunkin’ is just a stones throw away. :) I love seeing all those machines work.

It gave you hours of fun before it was even done. It did what a toy is supposed to do even before it was a toy. I think that is time well spent not wasted.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#14 posted 09-21-2012 01:19 AM

I’m still waiting for a better team name than ” Big 10 Inch”....

Though, the wife says 12 would be more appropriate…


-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#15 posted 09-21-2012 01:22 AM

Very Nice, much nicer looking than mine!! I love the contrasting woods!!

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