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Backyard Slingshot

Slingshots have been making us smile for decades. Well, a couple summers ago I had the chance to use a water ballon launcher and it was pretty impressive. The issue was that you needed three strong (and willing) people to operate it. I decided to build a base for this launcher so that it could be operated by only one person. Plus this can be used for launching a variety of things. We decided to make a pyramid of Homer buckets and try to knock them over with a small soccer ball!

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Start by downloading the plans for this project and cutting down the boards as shown in the cut list.


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The base is constructed out of pressure treated 2x4s and gets assembled with 2-1/2" exterior wood screws.


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The deck is made up of 5/4 x 6 pressure treated deck boards and secured with 2-1/2" exterior wood screws.


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The arms get a notch to accept the launcher and then get clamped in place before a 3/8" hole get drilled through the side and out the arm.


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Insert the 3/8" x 3-1/2" carriage bolt and secure the arms with washer and wing nut on the inside.


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Install a hook at the appropriate height for your launcher on each arm. Then route the launcher through the notches and start launching things. #launchallthethings


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biglosman
biglosman

What water balloon launcher did you use for this?

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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy

Materials Used:

  • qty 2 - exterior hooks

  • water ballon launcher

  • qty 2 - 3/8" wing nuts

  • qty 2 - 3/8" washers

  • qty 2 - 3/8" carriage bolts

  • 2-1/2" exterior wood screws

  • qty 2 - 2 x 4 x 10

  • Qty 2 - 5/4 X 6 X 10


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