Miniature Hardware Store Cannon


Introduction: Miniature Hardware Store Cannon

About: I like working with technology and tearing stuff apart to figure out how it works. on the weekend I like to ride ATV's and muddbuggies at river ranch in kissemee florida

this is a miniature cannon that took me about an hour to make. everything was bought from my local hardware store. please tell me what you think.

WARNING!: do not  over fill with gunpowder. i would only use black-powder and a small amount at that. THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A PIPE BOMB ! please stand no where near this when firing. if i were to take extra precautions i would pour molten aluminum down the barrel and drill a bore hole. have fun but not too much! 

if you want to see all the videos look up "miniature hardware store cannon" on youtube



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    thank you. im sorry i kinda gave up on instructables for a while. i still plan on making full instructions but now i have to make a new one cause the old one was recycled into a steam engine.


    Stem engine well thats cool.

    Do you use fuse threw a hole in the top?

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    yes. just a small hole

    what do you use for the fuse?
    please respond, its an amazing instructable (my favorite) and i want to make it!

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    sorry, i just break open some fire crackers and steal the fuse out of them.

    Just recently filled the barrel with lead from all the shot out of some shotgun shells. I worked nice but i have to find a way to drill a strait bore hole.

    Its copper pipe

    If you guys want full instructions just ask

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    Can we please have a full instructible please XD

    Sure thing. Give me awhile though, im away from home in virginia.

    what are the measurements from the paint stirrer pieces??

    as it is, it makes a great display piece, but like you mentioned, the copper is so thin it would be very dangerous to try and fire. A piece of gas pipe would be sturdier but still dangerous with anything more than a few grains of black powder. There's a reason a real cannons barrel is so thick compared to the bore (hole in the center)

    So true... BUT! i happend to fire it today with a whole 12 guage shotgun shell wort of smokeless powder and it was a complete suspense killer! It just went phwoooop and lit the ground on fire. Even when i had packed a large wad of toilet paper. If you want to try this then find an old shed light the cannon and hide behind the shed.

    thanks allot !ill try to potentially make it safer in the future.

    you might be able to use powdered matchsticks in place of gunpowder to fire it. it is not as explosive a mixture as black powder. that being said, be just as careful. good build. looks pretty legit.