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Unread postAuthor: beergut » Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:51 pm

I know it's not a spud cannon but I just wanted to share it with you guys... The wife doesn't get as excited over it as I'm sure some of you would... :D

I cut, drilled and polished every part of this project.
Everything is surgical stainless except the wheels, they are aluminum.
I used a doorknob hole saw to cut the front wheels and a smaller hole saw to cut the rear. Put them on a press and polished em'up.

The barrel was actually 4 pieces that I mig welded together, then turned down on a lathe. The barrel is over 1/4" thick and about 14" long with a 1" bore down the center. (It's nice having machine tools in your shed) I used brass fasteners and hex weights on the bottom of the chassis to weight it down. It weights about 30 lbs!

It uses ffg black powder, about 3 grams... and you can hear it a mile a way... no joking! I have to use the cannon on grass because it launches back about 20' when it blows end over end. I only pack it with wadding and wet newspaper. Much louder then a 10g shotgun. I once put a 4" nail punch in the barrel and it blew it completely into an oak tree... it's still there somewhere in the middle! It took me about a week to cut and build it. I made it up as I went along so there are no plans to give (many have asked) I buy the fuse at cannonfuse.com (where I found the link for this site)

thanks for looking!
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Unread postAuthor: sergeantspud2 » Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:58 pm

HOLY MOTHER OF JESUS!! :shock: :shock:

That is THE sweetest cannon I have ever seen!! Unfortunately I think it would qualify as against the forum rules for using gun powder (solid propelant) :(

Do you have a CNC machine or what did you use to cut all that out besides a lathe?
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Unread postAuthor: PVC Arsenal 17 » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:02 pm

Absolutely amazing! Great work. I bet that little thing is fun.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:04 pm

Nice, you should use your building skills toward making a propane combustion/hybrid or make a sweet pneumatic.
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Unread postAuthor: beergut » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:05 pm

sorry to the mods if I posted incorrectly... I just thought some of you guys would like seeing it (I am licensed class "A" high capacity here in MA ~ fwiw)


I used a jig saw, drill press and a small metal lathe I bought from northern tools a few years back for $300.
Materials only cost about $50, I had some of them already though.
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Unread postAuthor: zeigs spud » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:05 pm

holy sh*$ NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!! but that is solid propelent and this will probably be closed for it. again NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock: :shock:
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Unread postAuthor: Bluetooth » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:05 pm

sergeantspud2 wrote:HOLY MOTHER OF JESUS!! :shock: :shock:

What he said. No just joking, that is really an amazing piece of work and 3 g.? Thats practically nothing :? .
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Unread postAuthor: beergut » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:05 pm

I'd love to post a video of it but I don't want to upset anyone...(any more ) :(
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Unread postAuthor: zeigs spud » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:06 pm

3g? wht that made of hallow aluminum?
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Unread postAuthor: beergut » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:10 pm

no zeigs spud... that's 3 grams of powder, the cannon weights about 30 lbs.
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:14 pm

Wow. Just wow.I have no words to explain how I feel about this. It amazingly clean (very shiny) and professional. This is great and you my friend have some great skills. Really this is to good for words.
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Unread postAuthor: Bluetooth » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:14 pm

Post the vid plz :( .
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Unread postAuthor: Deko » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:15 pm

me and my friend made a really small black powder cannon but it didnt look as good as yours, ours was somewhat rusted and really ghetto looking, its trash now it didnt last very long, very nice cannon good construction and its shiny! :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: Torch » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:20 pm

My..God..-drool- Man, you should sell some of those! :shock:
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Unread postAuthor: beergut » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:26 pm

I'll see if I can find the video tonight... it's going to be hard because I have like 150 videos on my computer and none of them are named and all have just a general media icon.


Thanks for the compliments!
I'd love to sell them but god know what legal crap I'd get myself in if I did.

I think I also have photos of it as I'm cutting it, I'll try to find them also before the mods close the thread! 8)



EDIT:
I cant find the vid, so tomorrow morning I'll light it up and catch a vid, I'll post it before 10:30.... :D
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