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So my latest project is not a thing of absolute beauty. It is something I did because I am known as the “bad Uncle” or the “fun Uncle” depending on who you ask (my brother and sister or my nieces and nephews). My family lives on the other side of the country and I only see them every two years or so, which means when I do see my nieces and nephews I like to come bearing gifts so that they will remember when Uncle Tim comes to town. This trip I will be bringing my nephews small wooden catapults that will launch rubber “bouncy balls” about 2 1/2 to 3 feet. I did not spend a ton of time building these (about an hour each to cut, assemble and sand), attention to detail was minimal. I wanted to ensure insure that they would stand the test of time but I was not too fussy about making sure every small detail was sanded to perfection or that each piece was a glorious masterpiece of beauty. They are going to be kids toys after all! These catapults are fun to build and even more fun to “test” (aka play with). I was thinking that when I give them to the kiddos that we would build “castles” with old playing cards and each child would try to knock the opposing “castle” down with their catapult.

My nieces projects are a whole seperate story, I have been working on plans for small jewelry boxes and they are definitely going to take a bit more time and focus to complete.

If you want some catapult ideas go to

Thanks for looking!

-- "If at first you don't succeed....get a bigger hammer"

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 09:34 AM

Neat idea, may have to do the same for my 8 nephews, I am the same uncle..

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 12:30 PM

Cool! Besides, whose going to fondly remember their “goodie two shoes” uncle?

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

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 01:11 PM

oh man I know what i’m making for my nephews! great idea and execution! thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 03:20 PM

They will have a good time with these ,hopefully the will stay clear of shooting of balls of fire with them :)

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 04:18 PM

I’m sure these will generate many fond memories.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#6 posted 09-02-2013 07:31 PM

These are really cool and Im sure yall will have alot of fun with them. Great job!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 08:13 PM

Looks like fun, I’m sure the boys will love them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 09-02-2013 09:56 PM

Really cool catapults. Wish I had one when I was a kid. Too bad the kids these days are not into setting things up just to knock them down like when we were kids. I ‘m sure they will like these.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 09-02-2013 11:57 PM

Just add some rubber band guns for a finish.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 09-03-2013 02:23 AM

Nice! I think I’m going to be a “Bad Uncle” too!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#11 posted 09-03-2013 03:35 AM

You are not the bad uncle, you are the bad brother/brother-in-law. Your nephews think you are the bomb. Oh…..bombs next year. Cool.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#12 posted 09-03-2013 10:43 AM

You got me thinking here…I’m known as the “bad” uncle too…great idea…. thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 09-05-2013 06:50 PM

So cool and fun catapults! I will play with it with my own kids. I’m sure they’ll get great memories.

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#14 posted 09-11-2013 07:10 PM

Ha, these are awesome. I’m the bad grandpa (fun one). So I will have to try this for the grand-kids, lol.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#15 posted 10-20-2013 12:24 AM

G’Day Tim, I definitely would say you are the “FUN UNCLE” encouraging fun, play and imagination. Top marks….
And thank you for the link to the “How to”...... much appreciated.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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