DaVinci Catapult

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Project by Bill Huffman posted 07-31-2014 01:33 AM 3112 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a catapult I made a couple years ago. It is purely decorative, I really did attempt to make the wood springs work, tried a few different woods, but could not get the spring I needed out of them, so i just cut them out of Maple. The frame is all Walnut.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 05:32 AM

That is so cool.. all the gorgeous attention to detail Awesome!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 09:37 AM

Its a work of art! Such detail!!!!! A++++++++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 10:17 AM

Yet another amazing piece Bill and so beautifully done tool. It’s my understanding that DaVinci’s designs were drawn so that they didn’t work if you tried to duplicate them from the drawings. Since there were no patent rights in those days, that was his way of preventing others from stealing his ideas. I can’t help but wonder if that is what has happened with your copy. He sometimes reversed some things so that the forces at work opposed each other thereby canceling out the desired effect.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 01:20 PM

Very intriguing piece! I wonder if you could use Osage Orange for the wooden springs? The native Indians use this to make bows for the flexibility it has. You may also want to use naturally curved grained wood or steam shape the pieces.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 01:45 PM

So finely crafted in every detail its an amazing piece to be proud of .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 02:14 PM

Wow! Very impressive, it certainly looks like it could lob a projectile, a long way. Surprised that you don’t see something like this on “The Pumpkin Chunkers” Thanks for the history lesson also Stefang, never knew that.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#7 posted 07-31-2014 02:14 PM

Even if it doesn’t work it definitely looks great. Where do you find plans for such projects?

-- Julian

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#8 posted 07-31-2014 02:41 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. I also never knew about the copy issue, but it makes complete sense, thanks Stefang. The design is just from looking at DaVinci’s drawings. I am pretty good a building stuff I see so I just sort of SWAG it from their. Sure does cause me to scratch my head quite often trying to figure things out, but this is the fun of wood working for me.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#9 posted 07-31-2014 06:26 PM

Your pieces always rock such great work

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 08-01-2014 05:51 PM

Verry sofisticated project! Perfectly done!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 08-01-2014 09:00 PM

That’s way too cool! You did a very fantastic job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 09-20-2017 12:45 PM

Bill, this is a beautiful model.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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