The Binaca Cannon

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Project by KnotCurser posted 04-09-2012 10:04 PM 4900 views 42 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I slapped together at least 10 years ago.

This is a Binaca Cannon – a toy cannon that shoots a 35mm film canister over 25 feet with a single spray of Binaca Breath Spray!

The first picture I was able to cut/paste from a small video I have of a test firing. See link below for the the entire video.

It’s pretty simple to make – all you need is a Grill Starter, a 35mm Film Canister and some scrap pieces of wood. Oh yeah – and a canister of Binaca Breath Spray for fuel.

You run a wire onto the “muzzle” end and through the lid – the other end is connected to the starter (see pics 3 & 4). Spread out the wire ends so when you click the starter you get a nice, large spark across the wires. Then all you do is direct a quick squirt of spray into the canister and quickly place it onto the lid tightly.

Press the button and POP! A nice ball of fire and a fresh smelling room – minty!!!

For anyone wondering about the sound, here's a link to a video I shot of a test firing.

Now, be careful out there – don’t go blowing any fingers off! Not that it has that kind of power, but I thought I should put a warning out. ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 10:26 PM

You are frickin crazy. I love it.
I have never seen such a thing. I was always limited to vinegar and soda.

This is so much cooler.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 10:57 PM

This is a great toy! Your first photo is impressive.
Thanks for sharing this.

-- Douwe

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 11:04 PM

You should see the flame cannon I came up with after eating a plate of beans and lighting a lighter.

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 11:14 PM

Good one. I would like to make one but I had better not shoot it in the house.
The boss is kinda shell shocked most of the time. <grin>

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 11:58 PM

this reminds me of my dad teaching me to take paper matches, wrap foil around the end poke, poke a hole in the end and when you put flame to it the thing shoots like a rocket. your canon is pretty inventive I think the boys and I will haft to try that.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 12:29 AM

im totally into this one … my nephew is gonna love it. My sister in law … not so much lol. Favorited!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 01:12 AM

A video would be cool to see

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 01:14 AM

Yeah, this looks like a keeper(and a copier). Cool project Bob.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 01:30 AM


Click on the link about 3/4’s of the way down my description – it’s a link to a video of the thing firing. :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 02:10 AM

Makes me want to build a Final Net hairspray fired potato gun! COOL.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#11 posted 04-10-2012 02:12 AM


If you like making things that goes BOOM! you should check out a book called ”Backyard Ballistics” . Nothing too dangerous, But fun things to make.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#12 posted 04-10-2012 02:40 AM

That is SO COOL!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 04-10-2012 03:49 AM

Awesome great idea, thought of spud gun at first sight, but a film canister is great for small scale. Made me laugh when I saw it initially.

-- Zach @

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#14 posted 04-10-2012 04:28 AM

KOOL! Looks like a spud gun you can use indoors ! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 04-10-2012 11:47 AM

I wonder if it wants to be one of those air cannons on “Punkin Chunkin” when it grows up?

As for me – I’m getting visions of spud guns, menthos/coke launchers and other assorted back yard ballistics.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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