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"Devas-tater": A carriage-mounted potato cannon

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Project by JJohnston posted 10-24-2010 02:39 AM 7048 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the completion of the artwork and attachment of the armor, “Devas-tater” is finally finished. See the complete build at my blog starting here .

Here’s a video of loading and shooting. Sorry about the plumber’s butt; I do need to drop some weight. By the time this was shot, we’d fired several rounds, and I was getting pretty quick with the loading procedure. You can see me pounding the projectile onto the cutting edge of the muzzle. I say, “Stand by….fire”. It’s hard to see the trigger wire with the low resolution, but the trigger operator is off camera to the right. It’s quite a bit louder in person than on the video; loud enough that I have to cover my ear on the near side.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln





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RandyMarine

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 02:45 AM

OOOHHHH RRAAHHH!!!

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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Claymation

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 02:53 AM

you are now ready to fend off the next potato famine.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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JJohnston

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 02:57 AM

Actually, I’m going to cause it. ;)

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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canadianchips

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 03:14 AM

Rotten potato’s, Halloween, Hmmmmmmmmm.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 03:50 AM

You kids…at heart! That’s the coolest tater canon I’ve ever seen!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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JPWHIT

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#6 posted 10-24-2010 04:01 AM

Now that is what I am talking about. Were you in artillery? LOL Semper Fi

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 10-24-2010 04:11 AM

Fire mission, Battery one round. Wow Awesome job, I was a Artillery man when i first joined the Army. We stayed out in the field 250days out of a year fireing howitzers. It was fun; However it was, cold, rainy, muddy and snowing most of the time. It was a hard job. I love your version. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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rsmith71

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 04:53 AM

Awesome! I want one! Don’t be offended if it gets “borrowed” and copied. LOL

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 05:06 AM

Sweet :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#10 posted 10-24-2010 05:35 AM

as I said earlyer
impressive potato – canon
and been apleassure to follow
the blog on it It

take care
Dennis

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#11 posted 10-24-2010 06:22 AM

definitely the most badass potato gun i’ve ever seen!! my dad is a plumber – so when i discovered what a potato gun was years ago, i raped and pillaged his PVC stock, and made a 6’ long one – that thing shot SO far – and of course used an old grill lighter as the igniter – I also sharpened the end of the barrel so the potato got cut on the way in, and fit it perfect. Great potato gun! haha – thanks for posting

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 10-24-2010 02:26 PM

With the right barrel insert you could make some scattershot french fries.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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ChainDrv

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 03:10 PM

that’s the best model tatergun I’ve seen…really cool. I’ve made some hand held ones 20 years ago and with the right barrel a D cell battery makes a good projectile, shoots straight and lethal at 100 yards, superballs work great in them too.

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JJohnston

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 05:59 PM

I was not an artillery man, but I’d own a tank if I could! Those 5 of you (so far) that have this favorited – I expect to see your version in the spring!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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woodchippile

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#15 posted 01-15-2011 07:44 PM

have one that looks like it came from the cilvil war time would like to make one like yous wolud you be willing to share your plans

-- bob

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