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So i don't think i will be re-posting on an old thread. Their was a tree and it fell, on my property. its not a small tree and its i believe black walnut. My friend and i where thinking 'what to do with large logs' ( 30 to 40 in diameter) came up with the idea of making siege weapons. Specifically a battering ram, 6 to 10 man sized. Now i have the knowledge and tools to build any of the siege weapons. It came to me, how would i sell one of these, and pricing. Is their any restrictions on say a catapult, trebuchet, ballista, or onager. I could see some on mainly the ballista, being that it is a crossbow on steroids. But it goes back the the cost. How much could i sell one for and how to go about it.

Or is it not even worth the effort. i could use the wood on other projects, and i do need to start turning a profit on my projects. ( silly wife) Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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yea, i have to agree you guys on the 'use it for something else'. handling the log is not really an issue, using old felling skills i picked up from my gramps makes any tree of any size to be felled safely with 2 people well not a 10 ft wide red wood but... any way. the section that split off looks to have ben dead for a year or more. but i dont think its fully dried yet. i love to work with walnut, its i guess my guilty pleasure when it comes to wood working. and sorry but i do plan on using it all in a different project. I like the idea of small scale ones though. Won't make them out off black walnut, that would almost be a waste. Most of it is going to go in to some leather sling chairs I designed a year or so ago. They should rake in a considerable amount of revenue. To facilitate the building of a trebuchet. I think its every kids dream to play with one. That and chuckin pumpkins is good fun.
 

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Love the mini trebuchet. And you are right on the trigger mechanism. If I make it large scale I'll rework a design I came across in rescue work. Simple and elegant. On the mini trebuchet, and judging on your profile pic, used a radial arm saw?
 

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I see the similarities. I'm a big fan of the RAS its the only way I could have the function of a table saw and the other amazing things that can be done with a ras . I get flack for it because they think they are unsafe inaccurate. If you respect it and zero it when you clean it. I should stop their before I get to off topic. The counter weight bucket, one piece or glued for the joint?
 

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Its a little scary how accurate the ballista is, as a almost full sized one shoots a bolt roughly the size of a pool cue. I might have to see when their next stop is around me, I do t think they would pass it up. And I think the sense of humor is with a lot of wood workers in general. Its a good thing to know we still exist.
 

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On this planet , in the year 2012 , there were no longbowmen shooting across the river in Glasgow

What planet are you on ?
Well Earth, part of the reason i brought this topic up is because of my love of all things old. I make and use bows that can reliably hit targets 100 yrds away. its about balance, the arrow and the bow. the longbow men of old used bows that had draw weight close to 100 lb , today a modern compound bow is about 50 to 60. My bows are in the low 50s. but it was also the literal wall of arrows that would be shot. its not just 1 arrow its 300, and its not in well spaced times its 300 arrows about every 7 to 8 seconds. thats with a platoon of well trained and seasoned archers. now you may be correct in them not shooting over the river at Glasgow, but would you like to contaminate your water supply if you kill one.
 

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I believe its time to beat a dead horse. So let's assume that they did build one with 260 ft arm. And let's assume they some how where able to put the required counter weight on the end. At that size i t now has to add more weight to over cone the weight of the rest of the arm. Now let's say 1/3 more in the bucket. A) that's a big bucket. And b) its now been 8 months into your siege and the enemy has either died of illness and hunger or they rode out to burn your science project. It boils down to can it be useful. Yea many one was built, but you have to remember history is made by the victor not the loser. How else do you scare your enemy's but to send out messengers with false info on an alleged trebuchet that's bigger than the castle.
 
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