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Most Instructables on potato cannons involve building really big heavy duty cannons and they are usually really dangerous. so i have made this aewsome instructable on building a small potato cannon that you can shoot in your back yard or basement.
It is extremely unlikely you will get injured by this but dont be stupid!! The ignitor can give you a shock that is pretty painful but only has the power of a AA battery. dont use any other fuel other then hairspray or deodorant dont use gas or something stupid like that. other then that were all good!
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Step 1: Supplies

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1Film canistor. (you can get them free from rite aid or a place like that)
2 corkboard push pins
1 used disposable camera. (you can also get these free from any store that develops film.)
1 bic pen
some insulated wire
electrical or duct tape
scissors or a knife
soldering iron

Step 2: Ignitor

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take apart the disposible camera. take care not to touch any circutry until you have discharged the capicitor. Solder 1ft to 2ft wires to the capaciror leads. if you want you can wrap the whole circut in electrical tape for more saftey. but do not tape over the button. or the battery holder

Step 3: Cannon

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Take apart any cheap pen like the bic one I used. poke the back out with a screwdriver or somthing. then take your scissors or knife. (I used a Knife) to poke a hole for your barrel in your film canistor. make it a little bit smaller then the diameter of your barrel. then take the pen barrel a push it in to the hole it is ok if it sticks out in the chamber. it should fit snugly and stick by itself. then wrap tape around barrel and canistor to tape the together.

Step 4: Put it all togethor

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take wires that are soldered to the camera and wrap each of them around the pin part of a push pin.
stick the push pins diagnol in the canistor so they are almost touching. now grab some oust, axe, or hairspray, strawberries or a potato and lets head outside. stab the front of the barrel into the strawberry or potato and get a piece a litte less then 1/2 inch inside the barrel. push it down to the bottom of the barrel with a nail.
spray the oust in the canistor for 1 second let it air out for about five seconds then put the back on. press the button on the ignitor wait for the whining sound to stop hold the back on firmly and wiggle the pins until they touch inside the canistor there will be a spark inside and the potato will come flying out.

Note after every fire take the battery our of the ignitor and take the back off wiggle until they touch there will be another big spark then it is safe to reload.

you may have to change the pins every once an a while because the spark welds them away.
do not touch the pins after firing as they are usually hot.

what are other options besides camera?

zombins1 year ago
do u need power for it
Cobalt594 years ago
I like to put hydrogen in my big cannons. You probably have to reinforce your chamber though. Butane, gasoline, and propane work good as well.
i love this idea as it incorporates 'danger' with 'small' :) i made this but decided to put one of those jet lighter ignitors, you know the ones that click with a spark,and just put the wires inside the container. this way you don't need to charge it and its much smaller.
Wareagle5 years ago
 my brother shot me with this. OUCH!!!!!
Colonel885 years ago
lol get a hair spray bottle and spray it thru a lighter. i did it im like HOLY S***.
ive seen this done with a piezo igniter but this is a very creative and cool spin on it i love electronics and this is way cooler than the lighter sparker design
spraying hairspray for every time you want to shoot something can be a pain in the rear end. my friend and I built one of these with a lighter and a pill bottle. instead of taking out parts from the lighter, we drilled some holes in the lighter and rerouted the butane valve to the inside of the pill bottle along with the wire for the ignitor. allyou have to do is hold down the butane release on the lighter for 3-4 seconds and pull the trigger on the lighter. I am planning to post this as my first instructable once i can get a decent camera.
Dreistein5 years ago
just get a lighter sparker and spray hairspray it is sooooooo cool
shabaki5 years ago
y not just use a straw and blow?
shabaki shabaki5 years ago
i say that because u can get expelled from a school if u take that in and u can get in lots of trouble elsewere
AHH! instead of the 300+ volt camera taser a pizeoelectric sparker will do it. you get them out of lighters
I can now go around school shooting people with bits of their french fries! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Arbitror6 years ago
Why use a camera when you can use a peizo igniter? It's way smaller, and has the same effect. You also get a tazer out of the camera you were going to use for the ignition! Double Whammy! To see how you would use a peizo igniter, check out my M.S.G.P.!
Nice thinking!
narpas (author)  Arbitror6 years ago
They are not relieble and not near as fun as a giant charging capacitor and when I made this I didn't have a spare lighter to tear apart.
Trace II6 years ago
STEP ONE Get really big pockets!
nice instructable
ksimonte6 years ago
Do you think a chap stic container is sufficient enough?
If it is i will make one with a wood handle and post because i have an idea for one with a tip up barrel and chamber design.
TJ 470656 years ago
really cool!! does this only take 1 spark to ignite the hairspray/ deoderant ?because i tried to make one before but with a barbeque igniter but it took ages to light . i'll be sure to try this one out !! :)
narpas (author)  TJ 470656 years ago
usually but if you just spray and dont get any oxygen in there it probably wont light so wait 5 seconds after spraying to put the cap back on
jimmy dean6 years ago
It would be much easier/safer/less painful to take the igniter from a barbeque lighter and use that instead.
narpas (author)  jimmy dean6 years ago
i did not have one lying around and this is a much better spark that is sure to ignite it
thepaul936 years ago
so do you bend the thumb tacks to touch in the barrel or is it another way?
narpas (author)  thepaul936 years ago
you stick the pins in diagnoly so they cross but one is a little in front of the other