|Project by SedaliaSteve||posted 12-27-2008 09:57 PM||20901 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
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.