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How To Build A Trebuchet: Part 3

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Assemble the swinging arm

 

   
Take your sixteen inch piece of wood and insert a hoop hook in one end then make three marks. One three inches from the end, one four inches, and one five inches. Drill these as holes. Drill these holes just a little bit bigger than the metal bar you are using. You should be able to easily insert the metal bar and swing the wood around it smoothly.
   
In the other end of the sixteen inch piece insert another hook loop as shown and also insert a nail into the end of the piece. It should be at a slight angle. After inserting the nail cut the head off or file it down. You will make a loop that has to slide easily off this so if it ihas a head it might get stuck.
   
Run your metal bar through one upright of the trebuchet then run it through your swing arm and finally run it right into the other side of the trebuchet. Important: The hookloop at the far end of the arm (yu cant see it here) should be on the bottom of the arm. Insure the trebuchet arm swings easily with no wobble and very little friction. It should swing nice and free.
   

Make your counterweight

Tape up your counterweight. You can use almost anything heavy but not too big, AA batteries, a stone or some other item.like rolls of pennies. If you are having trouble with this you can always just wrap a bunch of metal objects or coins in a plastic bag- it will work just fine. Keep the overall size of the counterweight to about the size of a tennis ball or smaller. Now just tape your twist ties or wire to your counterweight and then loop it through the loop in the swing arm and the counterweight is ready. I made a twist tie loop and attached it to the ball. Then using a second twist tie I ran it though that and then though the loop on the swing arm then twisted it firmly,

   
We are almost done Now finish it up  


BOOKS

Want to build a bigger, better, more powerful or fancier siege engine? There are some great books available to you. These books, available at Amazon.com, will help take your trebuchet or catapult building to new heights! Pun intended!

Book: the Art of the catapult

The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery - Nice book that shows you how to build ten different catapult projects, moderate wood working and pvc piping kind of stuff. Good book with complete instructions and materials lists.

Buy from Amazon.com: The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

 

Book: Backyard Ballistics

Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices Want to get a little more creative? This book is off the hook!

Buy From Amazon.com Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

 

 

The Miniature Trebuchet by Timberkits

The trebuchet was the ultimate artillery weapon of the medieval period and early renaissance. A large and unwieldy weapon, it was typically built on-site during battle, and tuned to lob great weights - such as the carcasses of rotting horses and pots of burning pitch, over the castle walls and onto its inhabitants. Precision carved by computer controlled machinery for guaranteed fit and accurate joinery. The detailed instructions include loads of photos of each step of the construction process, tuning tips and safety notes. Included in the kit are four wooden projectiles, all the necessary components for the sling, trigger, and counterweight bucket as well as all the parts for the kit. The only thing you'll need to supply are 88 pennies for counterweight and a few simple tools - Scissors, a ruler, a utility knife, wood glue and a few rubber bands to hold the pieces together while the glue dries. Manufactured by RLT Industries

 

Miniature Trebuchet

The Miniature Trebuchet - The trebuchet was the ultimate artillery weapon of the medieval period and early renaissance. A large and unwieldy weapon, it was typically built on-site during battle, and tuned to lob great weights - such as the carcasses of rotting horses and pots of burning pitch, over the castle walls and onto its inhabitants. This is our newest and smallest trebuchet design in a long line of catapult kits. Designed by master trebuchet expert Ron Toms, this machine is ideal for the student on a budget or as a wonderful display piece for any desktop or bookshelf of any history enthusiast. Precision carved by computer controlled machinery for guaranteed fit and accurate joinery. The detailed instructions include loads of photos of each step of the construction process, tuning tips and safety notes. Included in the kit are four wooden projectiles, all the necessary components for the sling, trigger, and counterweight bucket as well as all the parts for the kit. The only thing you'll need to supply are 64 pennies for counterweight and a few simple tools - Scissors, a ruler, a utility knife, wood glue and a few rubber bands to hold the pieces together while the glue dries. Tools required: Scissors, Glue, Ruler, rubber bands and a utility knife. Sandpaper is optional. Additional Counterweight Required: 64 pennies. Range: About 10 feet.

 

 


 

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