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Project by animal posted 08-16-2012 12:53 AM 1429 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,
Sorry I have been gone awhile, but it gets really hot here and not much fun sweating all over your projects.
But I thought I would post a project I did some time back, okay maybe a long time back. This is a scale replica of a naval cannon, that I made. I cast the barrel from aluminum and bored it on a lathe, with a touch hole for firing. It shoots a 32 caliber ball or mostly I shoot just the wadding for effect. It is great fun at parties and such. The frame is made from walnut with tapered pins to hold the wheels on. The metal parts are copper rods bent into a circle and screwed to the walnut. There is a wedge in the back to raise or lower the elevation for firing out of port holes in the ship.
I also am working on a larger scaled model of a Gribaval field siege cannon from about the civil war era. I will post pics and notes at a later date.
Thanks for viewing, ya’ll.

-- Dme: My wife puts up with the noise, sawdust and staining. Got to love her.





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Raymond

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 01:15 AM

Great job I bet it was a fun build. I did a 50 caliber cannon. I’d love to build a bigger one.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 01:15 AM

Great piece, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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MShort

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 01:16 AM

I like this little cannon’s. I do want to share a story with you though. We had a guy in our local area that had a cannon and was showing to a friend and it was winter time and the barrel was really cold when He set it off and the barrel fractured from the cold and blew apart. A piece of barrel fragment hit and killed him so please be careful when working with these otherwise have fun.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 01:46 AM

what a great desk piece

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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DBoltz

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 10:27 AM

That is cool! Do you have any pictures of the barrel making process?

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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animal

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 01:16 PM

Dboltz, no I do not have any pics of barrel making. I glued two pieces of wood together with paper in between, turned the profile, then split it apart and glued it to a board for sand casting. Add the trunions and runners for the metal to flow, melt a crucible of aluminum and pour into the sand casting mold. I did it so many years ago, that taking pics was unheard of. I believe my boys asked, “Did they have color pictures then?”
Thanks to all who looked and wrote me.

-- Dme: My wife puts up with the noise, sawdust and staining. Got to love her.

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Tokolosi

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 07:17 PM

Thats very neat!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#8 posted 08-18-2012 03:10 PM

Many years ago a high school friend of mine did a civil war era field piece of brass using the lost wax process. He built it to fire a 12 guage shotgun slug and used black powder in it. Was a real beauty, but the prize of his collection was his .22 caliber Gatling gun. His dad was a gunsmith and he apprenticed with his dad after graduating high school.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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