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The Desktop Trebuchet

Defend your desktop!

The mere presence of this striking machine on your desk will induce fear and respect among your peers. Take charge and besiege your opponents with a fully functional, genuine trebuchet for your desk!

It really works! It takes about two to four hours to assemble, which is a joy in itself with the hand selected wood and computer-controlled, precision cut parts. The professionally designed kit and fully detailed instructions - 10 pages of descriptions and tips, with of photos of every step - makes assembly a breeze. All you really need is some glue and a pair of scissors. For a more refined look, a little sandpaper and a small, round file would be helpful, but are entirely optional.

Performance! This mighty desktop artillery is capable of hurling the wooden ball projectiles (included) over twenty feet! Just load-up the counterweight bucket with about $1.50 in pennies and you've got a fully-loaded machine. Use less counterweight for shorter range, or experiment with different configurations of sling length and projectile/counterweight combinations.

The desktop trebuchet is a fantastic way to demonstrate the pinnacle of pre-gunpowder mechanical engineering technology. Great for classrooms or school science projects, or just a great display piece on your bookshelf or desk.

  • Made from all hardwood, natural string and real leather.
  • Computer controlled precision manufacturing for guaranteed-to-fit parts.
  • 10 inches long, 9 inches wide and 11 inches tall.
  • Propped counterweight box for increased potential energy. The counterweight box automatically props-up to a higher position when cocked.
  • Sides lean inwards for shorter axle span. A shorter axle is stronger and won't "bounce", improving the performance and lifespan of the machine.
  • Natural twine "ropes" for a more authentic looking model.
  • Historically accurate trigger design is easier to operate than other friction-based triggers.
  • Half-lap and reference-notched joinery make precision assembly easy to do without having to measure or mark anything.
  • No metal or plastic parts! 100% wood and rope, but it's still a functional machine capable of hurling a ball across the room!

It's a wonderful model suitable to defend the portcullis of any office cubicle or classroom!

Tools required:
Scissors, Glue, Ruler, and a utility knife. Sandpaper is optional.

Assembly time:
For a Master carpenter doing a sloppy job: about 2 hours.
A person with no kit building experience being extremely meticulous: about five hours.
The model in these photos was built by Ron Toms in about three hours.

Assembled Size:
- Height: 11" at the main axle.
- Length: 10"
- Width: 9"

Additional Counterweight Required: 150 pennies.

- 10 to 20 feet with the included wooden ball projectiles.
(Optimal range assumes a well tuned machine)

Shipping weight: 2 lbs.
Box dimensions: 19" x 12" x 3"

Quantity pricing info:
0 to 4 kits, standard price.
5 to 9 kits, 10% off
10 or more kits, 15% off

Orders of $200 or more get FREE ground shipping!

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WARNING! This is a functional model intended for display and/or educational demonstrations of physics. It contains a fast moving arm and projectile that can cause injury if you make contact when firing. Use only under strict, competent adult supervision.

* You'll need to supply the counterweight material. 150 pennies are recommended.

* Can throw 20 feet when properly constructed and tuned. Your performance may vary.

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    Price: $49.95
    Minimum age: 10
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    Item code: 10421

So, why do my kids
need this stuff?

Seriously, get some toys, go outside and play. It's good for you. Spend some quality time with your kids, your buddies or just get away from the TV and computer long enough for a good dose of sunshine.

Learn a new skill. Get some exercise. Make someone happy. Make yourself happy. Set-up some cans and knock them down, just to see if you can.

Teach your kids something about safety, posture, focus and concentration. It's easy if they have something fun to do while they're learning it.

The science of Physics was founded on the principles of ballistic motion. What better way to develop an interest in physics than to play with ballistic toys? And you know where that leads... First, physics, then math, engineering and economics. Next thing you know, he'll be studying medicine with plans to become a ridiculously high paid sports doctor with a keen knack for investing, all because someone bought him a projectile shooting toy gun as a kid. How's that for a reason?

Here's an even better reason- kids like to play with their parents and they like to compete. Do some target practice with your kids in the backyard. It's far better than watching re-runs of some lame TV show or turning into a video game zombie! Parents and kids need to interact. It's our goal to provide the toys that make it easy. We're doing our part, now you need to do yours.

So, one more time, get some toys and go outside and play!