Saturday, November 16, 2013

Weekend Projects

Ernest has plans to make another trebuchet this weekend.  Yes, another.  One isn't enough.  This one has seen a lot of use over the years, flinging things into our back yard.

The additional trebuchet is for a physics project.  It will be substantially bigger.

I was deputized to make the sling to hold the projectile (a 4-5" diameter pumpkin).  Oh, just use my old jeans said Handy, and sew through here and here.  I broke two sewing machine needles trying to sew through the jeans seams. Aaaargh! I cried!  I'm going to do this the proper way.

It was a piece of cake after I cut the jeans apart and squared up the piece on the grain with a rotary cutter (yay, quilting gadgets). Good sewing techniques rule!

This is demonstrated with a 5" rubber band ball.  Imagine the bounce if he flung that!  We'd never find it!  But there are too many years of work in that ball to lose it like that.

What are your plans this weekend?

NaBloPoMo November 2013


Jen on the Edge said...

Oh boy, I sure wish I could come to your house and play with the trebuchet!

Over here, we're not making trebuchets or anything awesome like that. Instead, I think I'm going to pull out the Christmas gifts I've purchased, inventory the lot, make notes on my master list, and start wrapping so that I can clear out some hiding spaces for more shopping.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I worked on some sewing/quilting projects yesterday once I finally got going. Then it was off to see a friend's son perform stand-up comedy.

Patience_Crabstick said...

Cool! It would never occur to me to construct a trebuchet.