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Musket Ball Found In Walnut --- Shadow Box

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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 03-24-2015 08:27 PM 1322 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On 8-25-14 I posted the following: (saving you the trouble of jumping links).

I found this Musket Ball while planing evenly both sides of a nice piece of Walnut.

There was a knot in the walnut and I made certain that knot was at the end of the glue-up (waste).

The knot was loose so I pushed the knot out and out came a’rollin this musket ball.

Scares me to even think how I would have damaged the ball if I had made one more pass on the walnut. Luck Luck Luck !!!

I doubt the lead would have screwed up my planer planes, but who knows. I have ruined a set on a FMJ bullet, but this was all lead.

It measures .51 cal – .53 cal any which way I measure it.

So, I made the shadow box.

We could not decide…… after MUCH conversation if I should cut the box and have a piece of glass installed in the front, or leave it open as it is, and let the viewer kinda get a real feel for the piece. I think we like it better this way, with no glass.

Please look at picture #3 and examine how the ball affected the grain. What beauty !

Thanks for looking.





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#1 posted 03-24-2015 09:22 PM

You have done this piece of History a Great Justice!!! It looks great and to add the plaque just completed it perfectly.

Wonderful!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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#2 posted 03-24-2015 09:29 PM

Thanks James.

Gotta “nother vial order coming your way.

Bruce.

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#3 posted 03-24-2015 11:15 PM

Nice rendition.

I’m getting ready to close on a home that is in the city that brought both sides together.

April 9th, Palm Sunday, 150 years ago two generals sat down in Appomattox VA and signed away the civil war.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-25-2015 12:19 AM

Bruce, That’s one of the coolest projects ever! I’ve found bullets, nails, screws, fence wire, and a tire iron with my sawmill but no musket balls.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-25-2015 06:30 PM

A very nice piece. Nice work.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#6 posted 03-25-2015 08:14 PM

what an awesome story and piece, very cool

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#7 posted 03-26-2015 03:32 PM

What an awesome find! A beautiful plaque to display it in. Simply awesome.

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#8 posted 03-26-2015 05:27 PM

Hey guys thanks for all the kind words. Appreciated.

Karson......color me envious. Many a day spent spent learning everything about that place lies ahead of you. I know using metal detectors and not allowed in the Parks themselves, but I have a buddy who lives near there and he uses his metal detector all the time on private and public land looking for things…many times successfully.

Andy, I was at my hardwood dealer yesterday (3 hours each way, hence this tardy response of mine) and they had a plastic bag hanging on a hook full of metal stuff they had found when cutting up their wood

And, Joe, Lanaug and JChaffins..... great praise indeeed.. I thank you.

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#9 posted 03-26-2015 05:36 PM

Shared with some friends of mine on Facebook.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 03-26-2015 05:45 PM

Wow, Dallas...........that is really nice

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#11 posted 03-26-2015 06:08 PM

The signing of the documents at the end of the war was done in a setting like this.

I guess that General Grant wasn’t able to bring his big desk with him, and he had to sign on the coffee table that the Southerners gave to him. But General Lee on the other hand had a nice Marble covered desk to use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#12 posted 03-26-2015 06:11 PM

Let me know your buddy. I might like to look him up and get some of the local history.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#13 posted 03-26-2015 06:15 PM

A few of us are amateur Civil war and Texas Independence historians. When finds like that come up it kind of makes all of us want to know the exact location, (GPS would be great, but just general location is OK too).

Then there is rifling because early confederate weapons often weren’t rifled, but bored the same as rifled muskets.

I know I’m gonna get a lot of questions from the ladies and gentleman I posted it too, LOL.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dallas

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#14 posted 03-26-2015 06:16 PM

A few of us are amateur Civil war and Texas Independence historians. When finds like that come up it kind of makes all of us want to know the exact location, (GPS would be great, but just general location is OK too).

Then there is rifling because early confederate weapons often weren’t rifled, but bored the same as rifled muskets.

I know I’m gonna get a lot of questions from the ladies and gentleman I posted it too, LOL.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dallas

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#15 posted 03-26-2015 06:16 PM

A few of us are amateur Civil war and Texas Independence historians. When finds like that come up it kind of makes all of us want to know the exact location, (GPS would be great, but just general location is OK too).

Then there is rifling because early confederate weapons often weren’t rifled, but bored the same as rifled muskets.

I know I’m gonna get a lot of questions from the ladies and gentleman I posted it too, LOL.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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