The fast, easy, Tennis ball Trebuchet
This is a tennis ball trebuchet that I whipped up in a couple of hours. The goal of this project was to build a powerful trebuchet quickly and with a minimum of parts. I used just a few different things and a few pieces of 2x4. If you are going to build a tennis ball trebuchet similar to this one, or if you are going to follow these plans I also give you lots of alternatives so you can scrounge up materials. The goal is to make it fast and that it cost nothing. yu can see by the picture that I used two ten pound dumbbells as the counterweight. And they were easily strapped into place with a single hose clamp. This is just the way I did it and you can improvise any number of things including using free weights.
I also have a video showing this trebuchet in action and I go over some of the parts: Make a tennis ball trebuchet video
The heavier the counterweight the better your trebuchet will perform but I would say that 20 pounds is about the limit for this design.
What you need to do this project:
Layout two of the 2/4's this way
Lay your triangular piece on top of the two by fours as shown and nail it all down securely.
Repeat this procedure again but do a mirror image of this.
Stand these two piece up as shown in the picture below and screw in the two 12 inch pieces as shown. Your trebuchet is half done! I told you this was a fast and easy project!
Drill two holes about 2 inches from the top so your bar or dowel fits through them as shown.
Now screw or nail the baseboard into the trebuchet and screw in two of the eyehooks as shown in the picture below.
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