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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:36 pm 
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A thundermug is a big beer mug looking thing with a bore like a cannon. You fill it with black powder and light it off with a fuse.
It's made just to make noise and it does that really well! :shock:

A friend made one for me as a gift. It is 10 1/2" tall with a 7" diameter base. It has a 1 1/2" diameter bore.

It weighs a whopping 55 lbs. :D

He painted it the bronze color just to keep it from rusting.
It is my intention to paint it black.

He crated it up and shipped it to me from California.

He took pictures of the machining process and I thought I would post them here because they are cool!

The bad thing is that I have nowhere to try it out. If I shot it in the street, I'm afraid I would break windows. I will have to just wait for some opportunity.

Enjoy the pictures.
Zulu


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:38 pm 
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Shows you what I know.
I always thought that a "thunder mug" was a device used at
night to avoid walking outside in the snow to use the
bathroom.

Be a real problem if filled with black powder.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:15 pm 
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Hey Duan,

I'm with you. My aunt use to crochet lace "silencers" for thunder mug lids. :-D

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Hey Zulu,

Instead of painting it, why not blacken it with a gun blackening kit?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:07 am 
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Tom,
I've never done any gun blackening. Would something like that prevent rust?

When firing this thing there will be finish damage at the muzzle and at the vent.
Paint would touch up nicely.
I don't know about blackening.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:26 am 
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Just curious, Zulu - how did you machine the beads? Freehand? Pretty darn nice if so.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:43 am 
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Hey Zulu,

Blackening will only slightly inhibit rust, and is more fragile than paint, but slightly more robust than bluing (think of a gun finish). It does show off the machine detail better though, precisely because it is so thin.

Another finish to consider is browning, which is used frequently on period black powder rifles. Since it is essentially a controlled rust, if minor surface rust occurs, it is not as objectionable. A pitted brown finish used to be created by burying the piece in a sand box with horse urine mixed in. It produces a rustic patina that is easily maintained.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:56 am 
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Zulu wrote:
The bad thing is that I have nowhere to try it out. If I shot it in the street, I'm afraid I would break windows. I will have to just wait for some opportunity.


Just the thing for a home field touchdown celebration. :-D

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DennisS wrote:
Just curious, Zulu - how did you machine the beads? Freehand? Pretty darn nice if so.



Dennis,
I didn't make it. A friend made it for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:45 am 
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Late to the party, but ...

Thundermugs were used by ships to signal the harbor authorities to come and inspect the ship for disease before off-loading.

I think they are very cool.
And can be quite loud.

If that is steel, could you parkerize it for protection?

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I saw a short bit on thunder mugs on an episode of "Pawn Stars" awhile back. They took it to the gun range to fire it. They all used ear protection or put their fingers in their ears but still commented on how loud it was.

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