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

Intro: Miniature Hardware Store Cannon

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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    myakkaTSC

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    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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    myakka

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    cearlesmyakka

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1! MAKE 1!

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    cearles

    7 years ago on Introduction

    what are the measurements from the paint stirrer pieces??

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    l8nitel8nite

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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)

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    myakkal8nite

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    myakkal8nite

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction



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

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    ilpug

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.