Stuck at Home? Build the Mini Trebuchet!

Stuck at Home? Build the Mini Trebuchet!

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Stuck in the house with the kids? Us too. So we’re passing the time by doing something fun and productive, like building this sweet Mini Trebuchet! The project is made using basic tools (Saw, Drill, and Hand Saws) and is glued together with Titebond Quick & Thick so we’re not waiting around for parts to dry. You’ll also need some 1/2″ thick wood or plywood, string, a couple of screw eyes, and a thin metal or wood dowel. A quick trip to the hardware store and you should have everything you need.

You can built this project in an afternoon with the kids. It’s a great way to pass the time. Just be sure you don’t launch anything that can poke out an eye.

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  1. Bouhunter on November 16, 2022 at 4:37 am

    Works better the way you did in video I’d change the plan

  2. DIVA on November 16, 2022 at 4:38 am

    Marc, we’re new to your channel. Under the current conditions for so many of us, it’s nice to know there are some good guys still out there. Love the channel. I knew I was at the right place when I saw the "re-elect Goldie Wilson" poster.

  3. Khuram Ali on November 16, 2022 at 4:39 am

    I accidentally disliked your video! …. Great video, can’t wait to try it out with my nephew. Thank you sir.

  4. Juan Villicana on November 16, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Thank you!!!

  5. Byron Quinley on November 16, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Great fatherly advice there as well

  6. Tom Rounds on November 16, 2022 at 4:44 am

    Sorry this is off topic but I have wanted to ask about this for sometime. I have noticed when you are drilling for a counter sink screw that your bit stop collar is very large. What brand and where can this type be purchased. Thanks so much and keep up the great work. Tom R. in Orlando.

  7. D Tom on November 16, 2022 at 4:45 am

    You’ll put your eye out kid!

  8. Tim Wright on November 16, 2022 at 4:46 am

    I thought video was great, the message at the end and the lesson to fathers was excellent.

  9. Bouhunter on November 16, 2022 at 4:46 am

    your plan shows arm hole 3" from end your video shows 1" ?

  10. Niels Friis on November 16, 2022 at 4:47 am

    I really admire your insight in both woodworking and parenting! Keep up the good work with this channel 🙂

    I’ve recently started taking my two-year-old in to my basement shop and he loves joining me there but I recognize all the things you mention with him being bored, leaving and also occasionally breaking stuff by accident. But it’s still kindy great and I’m hoping he will want to continue coming in to the shop with me when he is older too 🙂

    Best wishes from Denmark!

  11. joed596 on November 16, 2022 at 4:48 am

    "When the kid gets bored and leaves, use the band saw" <lol> 😉 Seriously though . . . nice to see a father & son working together on a mini-woodworking project 🥰 Thanks & thumbs up 👍

  12. Tibor Vancsó on November 16, 2022 at 4:50 am

    Hi everybody ! The small trebuchet is great ! May I sent a video about my trebuchet, it was built in my garage last year .

  13. Tony Domingo on November 16, 2022 at 4:51 am

    So true!!!!!

  14. SweetStrat57 on November 16, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Great parenting tip at the end!

  15. The Wood Whisperer on November 16, 2022 at 4:52 am

  16. TheRealNae_Nae Playz on November 16, 2022 at 4:55 am

    I think generally it’s better for the rope to be as long as the swing arm

  17. Vincent Vulto on November 16, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Awesome little project for me and my boys (6yr & 4yr old). Really cool to see how proud they are. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Spencer4686 on November 16, 2022 at 4:58 am

    Great ending statement!!! Definitely gonna have a go at making this!!

  19. Fernando Marques on November 16, 2022 at 4:58 am

    You are so right about be patient with kids around the shop. the important is showing the respect to the tools, bond a relationship, and creating memories. my daughter the other day asked me to build a bathtub for her barbie, I said only with you build with me, and she said LETS DO IT!!!! My heart melted. I am downloading your free project (thanks by the way).

  20. F B on November 16, 2022 at 4:59 am

    This turned out as a great project for both grandkids. If you are building one, I would recommend making the columns about 4" longer to be able to accommodate your weight system design.

  21. Gary Damiter on November 16, 2022 at 4:59 am

    Thanks for the tip on not forcing kids be in on ALL aspects of "their" build…I stress over doing projects with them trying to have them see it through every step of the way…partly I feel guilty doing some of the project without them, but hearing from you on this has now changed my perspective. Thanks!

  22. carlos m maldonado on November 16, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Greetings from Mexico! I made this today with my 7 yo boy and followed your wise advise at the end of the video… thanks so much! It worked just like that and we both enjoyed it so much!

  23. Kong on November 16, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Thanks now I can finally kill the bugs in my backyard

  24. Rene Snijders on November 16, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Fun project. Back in the day’s ( aw’s I’m feeling old LoL) i helped my dad with tons of projects he made. Learned a lot of it and from him. Since he passed away 5 years ago I’m doing a lot of the things he always did for me at my place.
    Like i said it’s a funny project and brings back some memory lane moments to see you both working on it. Thank you for that…

    Keep safe greetings from the Netherlands

  25. Eric McRory on November 16, 2022 at 5:06 am

    You know what else would be fun? Taking a hammer to the iPad so the little guy had to do more woodworking!!

  26. Escambia Woodworking on November 16, 2022 at 5:07 am

    I don’t normally comment o a lot of videos, but I wanted to thank you for sharing this. My family has searched and searched for woodworking "with" kids videos instead of just woodworking "for" kids. We occasionally come across a jewel like this, but they are so few! Please do more! My oldest daughter and I decided we would create our own channel to fill the void. I will paste a link below, but thanks for sharing this video!

  27. UncleBob on November 16, 2022 at 5:08 am

    Great vid. Get the boy in Cub Scouts and build a Pinewood Derby race car. Kids love to build and race….

  28. Izac Newton on November 16, 2022 at 5:10 am


  29. Balls deep on November 16, 2022 at 5:16 am

    I really appreciate the honesty at the end. I sometimes feel like I’m doing something wrong when my kids want to leave soon into the project.

  30. Ryal Deveau on November 16, 2022 at 5:17 am

    I might try this with the 3 year old. He loves helping me do things.

  31. T P on November 16, 2022 at 5:17 am

    Watching the string and washer fly back towards his eye was pretty sketchy at the end, but good build. Maybe get him to wear some armour while shooting at the enemy.

  32. BeaverCraft on November 16, 2022 at 5:17 am

    Great idea! Just in time.

  33. BigMo on November 16, 2022 at 5:18 am

    I kinda wanna scale this for snowballs

  34. Oliphaunts Never Lie on November 16, 2022 at 5:19 am

    I tried getting my boys interested in woodworking. Let them run the table saw all by themselves. Same for the miter saw and arc-welders. The pneumatic nailers were fun for awhile but even that passed. I guess it’s just harder now to keep a 4-year and 3-year old interested.

  35. Sor on November 16, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Nice I’ve seen better is what freinds say
    But wow it’s better functioning than others

  36. S’s on November 16, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Loved it! Great job with your son.

  37. MD Triple Creek Ranch on November 16, 2022 at 5:21 am

    I will be keeping this project in mind for a few years down the road. My twins are a little to young for this one, but I love the project and good for you for working with your son even if its for short bits of time. Our project of self isolation so far was protective masks just in case you or your viewers want to make your own mask to keep them safe. You are the reason I got into watching YouTube as an adult and a big inspiration to me starting my own channel. Thank you for your videos and I hope you and your family stay safe.

  38. Seth Galitzer on November 16, 2022 at 5:22 am

    Fun project and valuable lesson. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Eric Swenson on November 16, 2022 at 5:23 am

    Nice job! I like the attitude and level (pun intended) headed approach. Thanks.

  40. Kilroy's Odessa Woodworking & Maker Shop - Al on November 16, 2022 at 5:24 am

    Great project for us that are young and stuck inside the house Mark. Thanks for the transparency and advice at the end of the video. I have had the same issue with my grand kids also. Seems like their attention span is less than mine – thank you for all you do! – Al Forte

  41. MrHoopler on November 16, 2022 at 5:24 am

    Very fine grandson project. Thx

  42. Chantel & Josh Plummer on November 16, 2022 at 5:25 am

    Wish us luck, we are making it tomorrow.

  43. FélixB on November 16, 2022 at 5:25 am

    would love to get more small projects like this to do with my son! We started cutting 2×4 so he learns how to use a saw…he really enjoys it and he helped builing a shelf yesterday. If you, or someone, has any ideas please share! Thanks!

  44. Johnnie Garrrell on November 16, 2022 at 5:27 am

    That was awsome. Way to go dad.

  45. Prairie Climber on November 16, 2022 at 5:27 am

    1:00 LOL "when the kid gets board and leaves…" as a father of 4 I do not judge. That’s is all too real. I remember leaving when I was board as a kid when my Dad was trying to show me stuff, and my kids do it too… it’s just the nature of the beast

    EDIT: Posted before I saw the whole thing…. My daughter came up to me a showed me a YT video of wooden elastic band gun and wanted to build one. "Ok" I said, I’ll show you what tools you need to do the certain jobs, but you are going to make it all yourself, and I’ll help a bit, but you’re going to do most of the work. "Ok" she said and we started….. We finished it, but I think it took a good 2+ yrs to do.
    We still have it and they still play with it from time to time 🙂

  46. Joseph Roth on November 16, 2022 at 5:28 am

    I notice the table on your patio is no longer the red cedar one you built. Did you give up after the expensive marine finish failed or is it just sitting elsewhere?

  47. Wayne Corners on November 16, 2022 at 5:31 am

    If things get much worse I’ll have to scale that up x100. Kidding aside you’re a good dad. That’s great.

  48. Willy T on November 16, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Best part about this video was your take on teaching kids; you are spot on. The trebuchet is great too, thanks!

  49. Richard Laymance on November 16, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Good job dad. Stay safe as well

  50. Michael Minella on November 16, 2022 at 5:36 am

    I love your comments about working with what kids will give you. I’ve been working on a chair for my six year old daughter’s Winnie the Pooh doll for probably 6 months now. Each time she gets interest, we go and do a bit more. In between, it sits. I’m getting to the point where I’m probably going to finish assembly myself but she has loved every minute we have put into it whenever we have done it. Stay safe!