1. Deciding on the Scale: I thing I have to figure out right away is the size of the trebuchet I want to make. This is first important step before I could start acquiring materials and decide on the design.
2. Achieving the Aesthetic: The Aesthetic I am looking to achieve is a trebuchet that looks like it has been in numerous battles. Although I have a few ideas of how to achieve this, I don’t have a concrete solution I can bank on. Even though I have experience with wood working, this is a whole new idea of which I have no experience.
3. Materials: Of course wood would be the primary material. But what about the other parts like the sling rope, projectile holder, hinges and the projectile itself. These are some questions I need to answer myself before I can start building my siege weapon.
4. The Design and Build: Designing and building a trebuchet is easier said than done. However, making a good design and building it to the specifications and making it work as expected is not going to be easy. One problem I need to look out for is the design of the sling and the projectile holder. If the holder doesn’t release the projectile at the correct time, the projectile would shoot right into the ground. Prototyping lot would be a good way to overcome this problem.
5. Time & Budget Constraints: These constraints apply for any project and looking at the deadline for the project, I am sure I really have to get my gears grinding. Also, staying within a moderate budget will be a challenge.