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Project by Raymond posted 04-11-2008 09:38 PM 2386 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a .54 caliber shootable black powder canon. My own design. The barrel is alittle over 7” wood is walnut with a varathane finish. I’ll post some pictures and a short video of it’s first shot.

I like mixing wood and metal working. I turned and bored the barrel on my old Atlas metal lathe that my wife bought me. It was a fun little project that I completed in one evening, typically I have more than one project on the go at the same time, so when one part is glueing or drying, I move on to the other project, and back and forth.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 04-11-2008 09:46 PM

Very cool. I think I still have my molds for my .58 mini ball.

I have an old Atlas metal lathe also. I think it’s older than I am.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-11-2008 09:59 PM

Looks like alot of fun. You should talk to Betsy about shop safety. Thanks for posting.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-11-2008 10:19 PM

that is a neat project. I love those one night projects too, they feel so good wrapping up.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-11-2008 10:34 PM

This looks like a fun project to build. I am sure my 4 year old grandsons would love something like this (but of course their parents would shoot me). :)

You are a busy man.

Keep the posts coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-12-2008 01:02 AM

Very nice job Dave, neat design. Don’t you start another civil war over there with that Cannon wiil you.LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 04-12-2008 01:14 AM

YOU”LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT …. YOU”LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT…. kidding hey you might hit BinLaudin with that thing – cool concept ps don’t die
that is all

-- Doc Hanson

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#7 posted 04-12-2008 01:40 AM

Interesting desk toy, could bring a whole new meaning to “being fired”. Nice work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 04-12-2008 02:24 AM

Beautiful looking cannon. You did a very nice job on it.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-12-2008 03:14 AM

Say, how would that work for a security system? Can you rig it with a remote trigger? I think if you could figure out how to get it to fire off of sawdust you’d have me hooked. Thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 04-12-2008 04:03 AM

Cool, makes me want to buy a small metal lathe.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 04-12-2008 11:56 AM

That is a really cool little cannon….... Looks great. I love this type of project.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 06:48 AM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 11-03-2009 08:36 PM

I want one!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#14 posted 01-14-2011 09:12 PM

hey this is a cool little canon :-)
I have just been thrugh your project´s
and my oh my some godies you have made
but wasn´t it about time you posted some newer stuff :-)

take care

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#15 posted 01-14-2011 10:06 PM

Well I sure do like this little cannon. I sure would like to know how far that canon kicked back when you fired it. I would imagine it was a pretty good recoil. It doesn’t look like it weighs to awful much.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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