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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 323 days ago

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

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#2 posted 323 days ago

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 323 days ago

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

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#4 posted 323 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 323 days ago

I’m sure these will generate many fond memories.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#6 posted 322 days ago

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 322 days ago

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

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 322 days ago

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 322 days ago

Just add some rubber band guns for a finish.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 322 days ago

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 322 days ago

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 322 days ago

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 319 days ago

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 313 days ago

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

-- Marty,

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#15 posted 275 days ago

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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