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Project by Anthony posted 10-17-2013 01:37 AM 5529 views 15 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Something fun to build and play with.

I did this mostly as an experiment in design. After designing it in Sketchup I put it together using poplar. I wanted to build it using only joints and techniques that would have been available during medieval times. Most joints are glued and then pinned using dowels (or in the case of the weight bucket toothpicks).

After I was finished it was a matter of setting up the correct weight in the bucket as well as the length of the string for the sling and the angle on the release pin at the end of the arm. After tuning it up I can throw a small object (just smaller than a golf ball) about 25 feet.

This may lead to a larger version….LOL.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#1 posted 10-17-2013 01:51 AM

Have fun. I can think of a few people I would have aimed that at before I retired.

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 03:24 AM

I have always thought those were cool, and thought about making one. Nice job.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 06:48 AM

This is really cool. Great job and thanks for sharing. If you decide to build a really big one, and need a place to test it out, I have a neighbor that would make a perfect target! LOL

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 07:53 AM

Love It! My Man! Nice work!!!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 11:36 AM

That is really cool. A great example of physics to the next guy that ticks you off. Great Job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 10-17-2013 12:06 PM

OK, now that you’ve got the design down, build the bigger on in time for Halloween as a pumpkin launcher.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 10-17-2013 02:33 PM

That is a great job for Sketchup. Your patience to plan this in Sketvhup is worthy of note. Your ability is so noticed.

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#8 posted 10-17-2013 03:00 PM

This is really cool, I have a lot of targets within a 25’ radius in my office!

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 04:36 PM

nice job, I made one(although not that good) me and son had a table war with peanut buttercup’s

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#10 posted 10-17-2013 09:26 PM


-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#11 posted 10-17-2013 09:58 PM

My son built one about 8 years ago and won his school science fair with it.

Your project brought back nice memories.

I still have it on my bookshelf behind my computer.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#12 posted 10-17-2013 11:55 PM

Nice job and what a coincidence. I started building one for my G-kids when my saw crapped out. (a blessing in itself). Did you know that there are competitions with the trebuchet throwing pumpkins and watermelons? At least here in NJ there is, so I am sure they are held in other states as well.

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#13 posted 10-17-2013 11:58 PM

Next stop, Pumkin’ Chunkin’... oh yeah… ;)

Hey, will you post the Sketchup plans?

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

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#14 posted 10-18-2013 01:55 AM

Milo, here is a link to my shops facebook page (I hope this works, I am not real computer savy) that has the image of the Sketchup plan, is there a way that I can post the actual file? BTW, my facebook page will show details of all my builds.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#15 posted 10-18-2013 02:00 AM

I want to thank everyone who has shown such great interest and support in my projects. I must admit to being a bit embarrassed to have 4 of my projects chosen to be in the Daily Top 3 over the past few days. I think that there are so many more projects in Lumberjocks that are more deserving. Your support has given me the encouragement and drive to work harder and to learn more about our wonderful passion of woodworking.

Thanks again!

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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