Added some danish oil and thicker rope for aesthetics. Added some rocks in the counter weight bucket and it fires great!
Due to a whole bunch of other projects I wrapped up recently I have this pile of scrap sitting on top of one of my benches. I was going to make a box perhaps……but lets do something fun.
Poplar, white oak, & red wood were all used in this build.
Getting some pieces thinner and flatter. No single piece used was more than 1 board foot.
Figured I would need some thicker dimension stock. So I have a couple pieces glued up.
Cut my oak up and offset them then glued them up. This should be enough….
Glued up the arm.
Ripped some pieces for the frame of this thing.
Sure, this should work i think…
The lap joints turned out real well.
Here I am gluing up what will become the frame
These uprights are going to have a lot of different forces put on them. So i made sure to dowel them as well with some scrap poplar.
The uprights are in place and doweled. Square enough for this toy.
Just testing the main axle's fit.
added some support for the uprights.
going to add some additional support for the uprights. This is mostly for ascetics.
I decided to add some dowels to throw throw arm. Sure it adds strength. But really at this scale its all to make the throw arm look more attractive.
I began shaping the throw arm and the counter weight arms.
Doweled these things together with the proper spacing. Its a tight fit, but that is preferred.
I fully admit that I began building this whole thing with out much of a plan. this will really be shown in the construction of this counter weight box.
Building the box up.
Alright this is looking better…….errrrr and perhaps a bit more square.
Everything fits and swings freely.
Here is the launch pin on the end of the arm and the washer I will use to ride along it. Also the black staple will anchor the other end of the sling.
The wife had some scrap pleather for a Halloween costume build for one of the boys.This should make a fine sling.
Used some super glue to help give the sling shape. Should help keep the payload in place during the throw.
Building the release mechanisim of the whole thing.
The boys love it. We have been throwing hot wheels cars across the living room all morning.