Introduction: Miniature Hardware Store Cannon

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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


TSC (author)2012-04-19

This is very cool! Great job!

myakka (author)TSC2012-12-25

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.

TSC (author)myakka2013-01-29

Stem engine well thats cool.

Aron313 (author)2012-04-06

Do you use fuse threw a hole in the top?

myakka (author)Aron3132012-12-25

yes. just a small hole

NanoRobotGeek (author)2012-04-19

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

myakka (author)NanoRobotGeek2012-12-25

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

myakka (author)2011-09-16

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.

spinaci (author)2011-08-27

Where did u get the barrel?

myakka (author)spinaci2011-09-16

Its copper pipe

myakka (author)2011-07-25

If you guys want full instructions just ask

cearles (author)myakka2011-08-20


antoman11 (author)myakka2011-08-01

Can we please have a full instructible please XD

myakka (author)antoman112011-08-02

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

cearles (author)2011-08-20

what are the measurements from the paint stirrer pieces??

l8nite (author)2011-07-24

thats a neat project

l8nite (author)l8nite2011-07-25

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)

myakka (author)l8nite2011-07-25

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.

myakka (author)l8nite2011-07-25

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

ilpug (author)2011-07-25

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.

bconway1 (author)2011-07-25

Do you actually shoot this?

And nice project. I will make one now.

myakka (author)bconway12011-07-25

As i said, i would not shoot this unless u take extreeme caution. I would also take the time to get a steel rod that fits in the pipe and drill a hole through it mabe so it shoots bb's. You could also fil it with molten aluminum.

Be careful, thanks for the comment and vote for me!

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