Naval Cannon Carriage (1/2 Scale)

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Project by SedaliaSteve posted 12-27-2008 09:57 PM 24927 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a cannon barrel, about 34” long with a 2” bore. I decided to make a Naval carriage for it since field carriages are really hard. I used 8/4 soft maple. I tried to give it a cherry stain. It looked okay but sure didn’t look like cherry as I hoped. I did get some carriage hardware from a place that specializes in it and only did a little of the metalwork myself.

It had to be strong since it would be used for live fire. I used blind dados to join the parts with some bolts running through the piece. It has recoiled up to 8 feet on dry hard ground.

It does follow a traditional plan. The only difference is that traditional carriages like this widened towards the rear to match the shape of the cannon tube. My tube is straighter so I went the easy way and made them parallel.

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#1 posted 12-27-2008 09:59 PM

Great job. Where are cannon tubes available>?

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#2 posted 12-27-2008 10:47 PM

That looks like fun to shoot! Where do ya get cannon balls?

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 12:30 AM

This is a really cool project. I am interested in the answers to the two questions above.

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#4 posted 12-28-2008 01:07 AM

Nice! I’ve worked on American Civil War artillery crews, so I’ve squeezed off a few rounds out of more than one cannon in my day. Beautiful looking carriage for that piece. What size gun is it? I worked mostly on 12 pounders myself.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 02:23 AM

There is an active board for cannon people at Graybeard Outdoors. I found my tube before discovering this and lucked out that it was properly made. This site has sources for tubes, metal, plans and everything else. I also found someone there to make a custom steel round ball mould for it. I’ve used it for lead and zinc casting. You can tubes that just look good for models and real ones for firing from firecracker size to full size. I’m sure there are a lot of people here who could do the wood part.

My barrel, in its final form, resembles a 1/2 scale Parrot rifle field cannon. I opted for the Naval carriage since the woodwork was easier. Field carriage wheels are seriously difficult. I do have a full scale cannon that I dress up in uniform to play with but I bought it so its not a project.


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#6 posted 12-28-2008 03:36 AM

Wow – you must live in a really bad neighborhood! All I felt I needed was a dog. LOL

Really cool project. Thanks for posting it.


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#7 posted 12-28-2008 05:21 AM

Too cool…....

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#8 posted 12-28-2008 06:45 AM

Dude I wish your were my neighbor, that’s way cool…Blkcherry

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#9 posted 12-28-2008 06:48 AM

Very cool!

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#10 posted 12-28-2008 04:11 PM

I want one…lol
That looks like a Blast! My neighbors would just love to her that go off.

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#11 posted 12-30-2008 09:17 AM

Your toys are cooler than mine.

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#12 posted 02-22-2009 06:31 AM

I’m with all the neighbor terrorists in here. I have a wicked desire to fire that thing in my little 20'x30' back yard, with neighbors bordering me tightly on its 3 sides ;)

Looks great, btw!

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#13 posted 02-22-2009 06:50 AM

I’m impressed! Here I thought I was doing great just having a 100 yard rifle range outside my shop’s door.

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#14 posted 02-22-2009 06:56 AM

ain,t gunpowder fun! bet you were nervous first time you fired it, hoping all the hard work would hold up. Looks like it did. Do you need a permit for this?

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#15 posted 02-22-2009 10:28 AM

kiwi1969 – even if you do need a permit, who’s going to try to enforce it? He has a cannon! I think once you have a cannon, you’re a pirate, and the law no longer applies to you.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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