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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:48 pm

I need some ideas of what to make a piston out of for my 3" chambered cannon. I need an idea that would be simple and cheap to make, that wouldn't require any special tools (e.g. lathe) and that would work very effectively
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:08 pm

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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:11 pm

I've seen that one before. I tried to make one out of a can, but I'm having trouble with it. Will one made out of 2 2.875 in" metal washers and 2 3" rubber washers connected by a bolt and some nuts work?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:02 am

make it out of plywood bike inner tube bolt washer, it will be custome that way, and you get to build it from scratch
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:33 pm

So the washers will be the part thats sliding in the chamber?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:42 pm

The entire piston will slide. It has to. The warshers help keep the rubber seal from blowing off out through the barrel. Make sure you place stops to block the piston, or it will more then likely get busted up one way or another.
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:47 pm

I know that the whole piston slides. I want to know which part of the piston is actually rubbing the inside of the chamber walls as the piston moves.
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Unread postAuthor: theregoesthewindow » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:18 pm

The rubber rubs against the wall. Notice jrrdw said "rubber seal"
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:20 pm

I thought that rubber was to seal against the barrel

My dad went to HD yesterday to pick up some parts, and he said that the biggest neoprene washer they had was only 2.5". He also said that they didn't have any metal washers near 3". Does anyone know if lowes carries neoprene and metal washers around 3"?

Edit- I went to Lowes today and the largest fender washer was 2.5". Does anybody know where I could get one 3"? And also, if I can't get one, how then would I make the piston??

Jrrdw, could you draw up a quick sketch in paint to show me what you are talking about? I'm a little confused. I really need to get a working piston on this thing, I've been working on it since christmas, but I've never been able to make a piston that seals correctly against the barrel!!!
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Unread postAuthor: nicholai » Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:44 pm

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try putting a decent strength spring on the ass end of the piston

the rubber seals the front of the piston(either to the barrel or the chamber, in your case the barrel) and also acts as a shock absorber on the back side.

http://www.spudfiles.com/spud_wiki/inde ... ston_valve

look at the ms paint picture on that link, the top diagram shows how a piston should seal a barrel, it holds pressure on BOTH sides of the piston, this is important to remember that if your piston is going to seal by a spring instead of pressure it must have a calibrated leak to allow the back of the piston to pressurize in order for it to actuate by a pressure drop in the back end.
the bottom diagram shows what happens when a piston is "actuating", the release of pressure makes the piston break the seal, since it will flow faster through the barrel this causes the piston to rocket backwards and equalize the pressure, the resulting energy slams the piston back.

The space behind the piston is the pilot, the size of this and the weight of the piston determines how fast your homemade valve will actuate
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Unread postAuthor: cardinals08 » Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:46 pm

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=313
here is a how to on this site for 3" piston
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Unread postAuthor: nicholai » Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:54 pm

thanks dude, i knew you'd find it before i did
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:23 pm

I pasted the second two into the first, but I don't know how to delete them.
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Nicholai- I totally understand how pistons work, it's just making a working on that is the problem.

Cardinals- I am considering making the piston in that link, the two things I'm worried about are:
1. I don't know where to get sheet pvc and how much will it cost?
2. Cutting the o-rings on the drill press. I should be able to get it right, but it would be a lot easier on a lathe.
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