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  • MisterHighway commented on alliemorman's instructable Golf Ball Trebuchet3 weeks ago
    Golf Ball Trebuchet

    Upon reading Lorddrake's description of the Trebuchet rolling down hill I couldn't help but chuckle at the imagery it created in my mind. However the visual rocks and makes sense as to why the wheels would work! However I think I might see a flaw in this via their design. They stated they used swivel chair wheels which do not have a strong reputation for gliding in a straight line or doing so without resistance (aka "swiveling"). I think this type of wheel would throw the machine off if it were to have a strong enough counterweight. Perhaps the machine could rest on rails to travel from the front to the back in the swing and a spring attached to return it's momentum forward and again, increase the efficiency without losing any energy through the swiveling wheels. It woul...see more »Upon reading Lorddrake's description of the Trebuchet rolling down hill I couldn't help but chuckle at the imagery it created in my mind. However the visual rocks and makes sense as to why the wheels would work! However I think I might see a flaw in this via their design. They stated they used swivel chair wheels which do not have a strong reputation for gliding in a straight line or doing so without resistance (aka "swiveling"). I think this type of wheel would throw the machine off if it were to have a strong enough counterweight. Perhaps the machine could rest on rails to travel from the front to the back in the swing and a spring attached to return it's momentum forward and again, increase the efficiency without losing any energy through the swiveling wheels. It would also negate sway to the left or right during firing which would increase accuracy substantially. But this was a cool siege machine! I build a small tabletop size one that I'll be making another version of and posting a build soon!

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  • How to build a Safe and Strong Baby Gate

    Very well made build! I liked the idea and noted the Formufit website for my reference for future projects. However I started to do a cost estimate for this build using the parts subscribed but found it to be as expensive or more expensive than a regular sturdy baby gate. The pieces off of Formufit were $67.18 with $21.99 shipping alone. Those along with the other materials (hitch pins - 2@$4, pipe $3, glue $3) it'd cost approximately $103 to make. The Formufit must have gone up in price as at the time of build in 2010 you said was $48 per gate. You had a few supplies on hand but the cost of the fittings must have been much lower then. This has got my noodle going though with the design of the lock mechanism and the overall design. I wonder if there might be a way to incorporate...see more »Very well made build! I liked the idea and noted the Formufit website for my reference for future projects. However I started to do a cost estimate for this build using the parts subscribed but found it to be as expensive or more expensive than a regular sturdy baby gate. The pieces off of Formufit were $67.18 with $21.99 shipping alone. Those along with the other materials (hitch pins - 2@$4, pipe $3, glue $3) it'd cost approximately $103 to make. The Formufit must have gone up in price as at the time of build in 2010 you said was $48 per gate. You had a few supplies on hand but the cost of the fittings must have been much lower then. This has got my noodle going though with the design of the lock mechanism and the overall design. I wonder if there might be a way to incorporate some dowel or wood slats into that design with either bare (clean) wood or sanded and covered with a kid safe finish. It might lessen the need several of the fittings. Hmm. Interesting. But great job and thanks for sharing!

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  • MisterHighway completed the lesson Welcome! in the class Woodworking Class4 weeks ago