The Trebuchet Base plate:
Well the thing is,... I decided to create a blog on this Trebuchet when I was already done with the base plate. I will try to explain as much as possible. I created a basic plan for this specific item.
Since all corners are exactly 90 degrees this item is rather easy to make. No nails were used and all pieces are connected by interlocking connections fixed with a wooden pin.
Since this piece is was already created the moment I started the blog I am not able to show you exactly how I have done this in this specific item. However I am able to show based on other pieces I have created for this model showing the same technique but on an other part.
How to create a interlock connection: So keep in mind that the pieces used are different then the base plate, however the technique is the same. In case you would like to receive detailed photo's or if you have a question, just let me know.
Always cut both pieces you want to connect exactly halfway. Once done both pieces, it will be a perfect fit.
I use a screw bench to hold the wood in the correct depth. This way I can perfectly chisel away the wood without taking off to much.
Once the pieces have been cut you are ready to create the connection. First make some wooden pins. I use roundwood of 6 mm in diameter. To drill the hole I use a wood-drill of 5.5 mm. To avoid any cracks in the wood just make a subtile point at the end by using a sander. Then fix the pieces and drill a whole to both pieces. When the hole is drilled apply some glue, put in the wooden pin and use a hammer to gently force the pin in.
The connection has then been made and should look something like above. Then you use a fine saw to cut off the pins and use the sander to smoothen the surface. If done correctly the baseplate should be similar as the following detailed pictures.
THe base plate is then finished. Since I would like to create this model as authentic as possible I have used a mini power tool to batter the wood so it looks like real trees has been used (downscaled) to create the wooden pieces. Maybe a little bit overdone, however I think it will look great once finished.
Eventually this model will be painted with a dark transparent paint.
Again if you need more details, just let me know. Next step are the wheel supports.