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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:10 pm 
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Replace everything but the barrel and capsquares.

Barrel's owner thinks it is from about 1800 or so. He inherited it from his Father.
No other information about it's history.

I have not seen the barrel.
I have what's left of the carriage.

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7' 2" long
Bore 3.75"
Trunnions 3.75 long, 3.75 diameter.
Breech 15.5 diameter
Overall length 86"

Wants a new Naval carriage made of 4" thick fir.

Here is what he brought me today.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:31 pm 
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Hey Zulu,

Looks like a long nine pounder. It also looks like it's had the touch hole reamed and replaced. Are you doing any restoration on the barrel itself?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:28 pm 
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Tom,
The barrel owner says the bore is 3.75".
A six pounder has a bore of 3.6".
So I think it is more likely a six pounder.
Having not seen the barrel,, I can't comment about the vent.

I am not doing anything to the barrel.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:56 pm 
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Looks like that is right up your alley! Is that carriage oak? 200+years is a long time to be in the weather. I have a timber that was a step for post office (also general store) in Mesquite, Texas said to be built in early 1900's....it is intact and hard as marble!
Looking forward to seeing the build by the master!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:06 pm 
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Don2Laughs wrote:
Looks like that is right up your alley! Is that carriage oak? 200+years is a long time to be in the weather. I have a timber that was a step for post office (also general store) in Mesquite, Texas said to be built in early 1900's....it is intact and hard as marble!
Looking forward to seeing the build by the master!

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Don


Don,
Don't know anything about being a master. :confused:
The carriage is certainly not as old as the barrel.

I will just make a new one. :D
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:58 am 
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Quite a project. Looking forward to seeing photos of the progress. I agree with the moniker "master"!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:48 am 
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I knocked apart the carriage to see what iron work I could salvage.
Here it is. Some of it can be reused.
I cleaned that stuff up.
It appears to be hand forged by a blacksmith although there are some welds on some of it.

I have conferred with one of the topmost cannon experts in America whom I know.
He says the gun is an early 19th century French naval six pounder.


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This is the pile of what's left.
I cut into a piece and it is oak.
There is actually some real nice wood inside once you get past the rotten stuff.
Need to figure out what I'm going to do with it.

Won't get any big pieces out of it but could get a few pieces to turn on the lathe.
It might be kind of cool to have a small bowl made out of a naval carriage that supported an early 19th century French naval six pounder. Even if the carriage is not original.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:12 pm 
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I have been working on the new carriage. This is the biggest naval carriage I have built.
The wood is fir 4" X 8", 4" X 10", and 4" X 12".


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That's a 3 1/2" Forstner bit!

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This is where I stand now. A lot more to do.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:48 pm 
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Looking good Zulu. Another masterpiece in the making.


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:28 pm 
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Thanks for sharing Zulu,
Looks fantastic.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:31 am 
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I took a 40 day vacation in the middle of a couple of projects.
This is one of them.

I now have the carriage and ironwork finished and ready for disassembly, final sanding and paint.

This is it now. Poor pictures of something huge in a small shop. :-?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:19 pm 
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Zulu, you do amazing work


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:37 pm 
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Okay, it's finished!
I moved the beast outside for pictures and the color didn't turn out right in the pictures.
I guess the light wasn't just right.

This first picture was taken in my shop with a flash. It is the right color red. All the orange looking pictures are not the way it looks.

When my customer picks it up he is bringing the barrel. I'll get some more pictures with the barrel mounted.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:18 pm 
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Very nice work Zulu


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:06 pm 
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My customer came today to pick up his carriage.
He pulled a trailer with a tractor and the barrel on it.
I suspect the barrel is around 1800 lbs. but that's just my guess.

We checked the carriage for fit, took some pictures, loaded everything back up and he drove off happy.
Nothing better than a happy customer.

Enjoy the pictures.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:55 pm 
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Looks great buddy


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:33 pm 
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My customer loading the barrel up to bring it to my house.
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