You must be interested to build your own trebuchet. For those who haven’t known about trebuchet, we will explain it in brief. Trebuchet is typically a catapult which is used in middle age. It can be used to launch for ammunition or even heavyweight stone.
Nowadays, this kind of catapult is very range to be found. In fact, it can be an ancient heritage that can recall the memory of history. Actually, by having this weapon, we are not required to persuade or support you for war.
Through building a trebuchet, you can place it in your backyard as a decorative ornament. Moreover, this will be an enticing decorative ornament for those who fall in love with historical heritage. This will be very interesting for those who have a plan for constructing a theme park. You can place this trebuchet to attract the people attention with your vocational business.
Through this article, we are going to help you in how to build a trebuchet. You must be lucky reading our article since there is no one manufacturer which creates this ancient weapon. So, let’s check this out.
First of all, you have to decide the placement of your trebuchet. Finding the place is very important to determine the size of your trebuchet. If you want to build you trebuchet in the backyard, you will have 60 cm for the base, and 80 cm for the swinging arms.
After dealing with your size, you have to know about the purpose of your trebuchet. Your purpose in building this weapon will determine the materials and equipment that you need. You have to know whether your trebuchet will be used for launching water balloons, tennis balls, clay balls, croquet balls, or even just for decorative ornament.
In order to produce a good shape and launching performance, you can use strong but light lumber. For the best material, you can deal with almond, oak, mahogany, or even teak wood. Those woods must be strong and suitable for outdoor placement. Moreover, those kinds of woods must be easy to be shaped and have constant texture. Any extreme weather will not change the shape of your trebuchet.
After dealing with size and purpose, you can start constructing the trebuchet. Firstly, you have to cut and set the frame pieces for the base and arms. You have to make lumber cut for eight pieces. Two long pieces will be used for the base. You have to be careful in constructing the base. This base will be the foundation and determine the performance of your trebuchet.
For the entertaining purpose, you can deal with 30 cm wood cut for the base. After making for the base, this is the time for you to construct the two uprights. Those will be placed vertically on your base. For these uprights, you have to need 5/6 length of your trebuchet base. If your base length is 30 cm, the uprights must be 24 cm for each. Then, you have to notice about the three cross pieces. These will be used to strengthen your construction. The length must be a half of your uprights.
Next, you have to construct the one swinging arm. This will be used to launch the trebuchet weapons. In order to give perfect launching, the cutting wood must be solid and straight. For the swinging arm, you have to cut for 40 cm long. It must be longer than the base. In the edge of swinging arm, you have to make a sling. This will hold the weapon which is going to be launched.
In the opposite edge, you have to put heavy counterweight. After getting the accurate measurement, you can go to nail every single piece. You have to choose little nail which is combined with wood glue. For the launching joints, you have to make axles. The axles will make your launcher move smoothly after pulling. Those are some steps that must be easy on how to build a trebuchet.
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