Put this cool little project on your desk at work to annoy your coworkers, or gift it to one of your young relatives. Since the only power tools we used are a jigsaw and a drill, this miniature catapult is easy for even a beginner to build!
- 1’ 1×4 Lumber
- 2’ 1×2 Lumber
- 3/8” Dowel
- 1-1/4” Trim Head Screws
- Rubber Bands
What It Takes
- Time: 1 hr.
- Cost: $15
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Tools: Jigsaw, Drill Press, Clamps, 1-1/4” Forstner Bit, Speed Square
Crosscut the Lumber to Length
Clamp down your board and use your jigsaw to crosscut the 1×4 board to 8 in. for the base (Part A), the 1×2 board to 12 in. for the arm (Part B) and the 1×2 to (2) 6 in. lengths for the vertical struts (Part C). Mark the lengths with a pencil and use a speed square with the jigsaw to make a straight cut.
Cut Notches with Jigsaw
Place the 6 in. boards on the corners of the face of the 8 in. board and scribe the lines that need to be cut with a jigsaw. Clamp the 8 in. board to the work surface and cut out the notches with a jigsaw.
Drill the Holes for the Dowels
Temporarily fasten the struts together with painter’s tape face to face. Mark 3/4 in. and 4 in. on one of the struts and drill 7/16 in. holes on those marks with a drill press. Mark 3 in. from one end of the arm (Part B) and 3/4 in. from the other end. Drill straight through the board with a 7/16 in. bit and drill press.
Use a Forstner Bit to Create the Bucket
Mark a spot 1-1/4 in. from the end of the arm (Part B) and 3/4 in. from the edge. Drill about halfway through the board with a 1-1/4 in. diameter Forstner bit.
Fasten the Struts to the Base
Drill a pilot hole in the struts (Part C) and fasten them to the base with two 2 in. trim head screws.
Finish the Assembly with the Dowels
Cut the dowel to three 4-1/2 in. lengths and slide them into the holes, creating the final form of the catapult. Put the rubber bands on the catapult to finish the project.