This is a miniature replica of a real trebuchet that is on display outside The Citadel in Cairo Egypt. I call it Saladins Trebuchet but that's just because the Citadel itself was originally built by Saladin in the 12th century. Since then the fortress has been added to, improved and rebuilt over the course of many centuries. But, the trebuchet is well placed because it was a powerful weapon that could destroy the walls of a fortress like the Citadel.
I have a whole bunch of pictures of the real trebuchet on this website here: The Real trebuchet at the citadel
If you want to learn more about the Citadel fortress in Egypt I do have pictures and more information on my other website here: The Citadel Medieval Fortress
The Miniature Replica
To Make this Trebuchet
There are quite a few different ways you can make this trebuchet and in particular there are a few different ways that you can assemble the various parts together. I used a glue gun for almost all of the assembly. But you can use wood glue or even screws and small nails. The glue glun is the fastest and easiest way.
About the wood. I use two sizes of wood. One size is 1/2 inch square and the other is 3/8 inch square. You can improvise and use all kinds of sizes for your trebuchet. And if you want to buy wood like this it is available in all sorts of places including arts and crafts stores like Michaels and AC Moore and in home improvement stores like Home Depot.
Ok, let's start by building the base This is five pieces of 1/2 inch square wood. Glue all these pieces together just as shown. The length's are:2 are eight inches long, 2 are three and a half inches long and the piece on the left is 1 inch long.
Now build the sides of the trebuchet. Four of the pieces are 3/8 inch wood and the center piece is 1/2 inch wood. The top piece is 1 5/8 in length. The two side pieces are 4 1/2 inches long - but you have to watch those angles on the ends of those pieces. They are approximately 1/8 inch shifted. You will probably have to tinker with those angles by sanding. The piece in the middle is 2/12 inches on the long end and 2 1/4 inches on the short length. Make two of these.
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I have another project you might like. It is the Paper Castle and it has everything you could want in a castle making project including all the art work you can download. You just follow the instructions and make it yourself with some glue and cereal boxes. Build a Paper and Cardboard Castle It also has a learning sheet that helps to learn about castles when you are building it.
If you are looking for something easier to make you might want to try my project on making a popsicle stick catapult. Fast, easy and fun project! Goes great with the paper medieval castle. Make a popsicle stick catapult
This is a Storm The Castle Project
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