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Project by WoodsmanWoodworker posted 10-26-2010 03:53 PM 4762 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt making a fire piston. I was watching Les Stroud, awesome guy, and he had a fire piston so i said i’ll get one. In no time i saw they wanted 30-200 dollars for one so i made for, with scrap wood, free. I took a peice of 1×2 pine and took my egg beater drill and drilled a hole through, then cut it into a 1×1 piece. After, i hand planed and filed it down to get it round. I cut it in two peices, one for the cap and one for the body. Here is where it gets fun, i took a small oak branch from my yard to make the shaft that fits inside the body. Shaved the bark with a knife then planed and filed it down like the other. All i need is an o-ring to see if it works. I’ll let you know if it does. It is the same size as a highlighter. So a good size i’d say.

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~





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kapanen

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 03:58 PM

Fill us in…dieing to know if that babe will spark. I recall watching the same episode. I was never aware that you could cause a flame by doing such.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 04:11 PM

You put tinder in the bottom and it catches it on fire, you throw that in your grass to make the overall fire. Hope it works, did everything right i think. Thanks

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 05:30 PM

Hope yours works better than my attempts. I made several but never saw an ember glow. They were sealed good and had good compression, just no ember. Flint and steel seems easier.

-- Dennis, WV

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mafe

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 05:36 PM

Lets know if it works.
On this project you used all your skills.
Patience, precision, and creativity – you see man! You are getting really close to the fire.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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ScaryDAve

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 06:50 PM

A while back I was working in special effects running a smoke machine on some over priced movie.
Sitting there for 16 hours flipping a switch got to be rather tedious and boring after a few days so I looked arround the shop area of the set and grabbed up some scraps.

After I found a few dowels I drilled a hole in one that matched the OD of another which then slid down into it quite nicely.

After some experimentation I added a plastic hose to one end, cut an exhaust port into another end and added a large rubber band around from end to end. The result was a simple air powered piston motor. With weak rubber bands you could blow in the hose and it would blow the piston up the tube until it hit the exhaust port and then slide back down until sufficient pressure built up again and then it would restart it’s journey upward.

With a larger rubber band and hooked up to compressed air, that thing would buzz along pretty well lol There was no way to capture the piston rod to a crank shaft and run anything with it but it was a cute little toy that passed the time. Eventually I made a few and handed them out to various people on the crew.

It was somethin to do :)

-- Failures are successes in training.

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 07:07 PM

hope it will work for you :-)
ceep us updated

Dennis

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 07:54 PM

thank you

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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stefang

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#8 posted 10-26-2010 08:26 PM

I think I once had a V8 engine with wooden pistons. At least that what it sounded like.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 01:29 AM

Looks good, let us know if you get fire ?? :-)

-- 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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