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Marine Corps Naval cannon project #1: Cannon project information and getting started.

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Blog entry by Trapper brandenburger posted 06-23-2016 10:25 PM 1207 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve received an exciting project recently that I will update as it gets completed. The cannon was made in 1844 by Daniel Treadwell, and is property of the US Navy and will be place in front of the Marine HQ building on base here at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.

My job will be to prep and paint the cannon and build a carriage for it to sit on. The carriage needs to match the company emblem so it won’t be historically correct. With that said my wood choices are unlimited. I’ve decided on western red cedar.

Here are the pics so far

-- -Trapper



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rustfever

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#1 posted 06-23-2016 10:55 PM

OAK….

Some that big and strong, lasting 100’s of years, could only be placed upon hand-hewn oak cants.

Old used oak would be infinity preferred to newly cut timbers.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Trapper brandenburger

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#2 posted 06-23-2016 11:55 PM

Unfortunately oak doesn’t last as long in this VA climate. I would have loved to have used old growth oak but that is out of our build budget. This cannon will be sitting out in the elements. I did speak to the carpenter who rebuilds cannon cradles at the Yorktown settlement / battle fields in my research. He is restricted to using oak and ash for historical reasons, he thought cedar would probably be better.

Here in VA we have to deal with opresive humidity and a plethora of wood eating insects. Western red cedar would stand up better to both of those better than oak.

-- -Trapper

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ratchet

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#3 posted 06-24-2016 05:54 PM

Excellent project. I would be proud. You probably know this but WRC is soft! It is also known for splitting. Are you going to laminate the cheek/stock to prevent splitting? Very much looking forward to future installments.

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Trapper brandenburger

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#4 posted 06-24-2016 07:57 PM

I am aware that it is soft. This is just a show piece, it won’t have any wheels or be moved except to put it in place. I am using 6×8 timbers to build it which I think will be plenty to support the weight. I am also going to use west systems 105 epoxy resin and a uv inhibiting finish to protect the wood.

-- -Trapper

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Trapper brandenburger

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#5 posted 06-24-2016 08:04 PM

Here is the lumber.

-- -Trapper

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#6 posted 06-25-2016 12:19 AM

This looks like a very interesting project—I’ll definitely be following along!

-- Dean

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Trapper brandenburger

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#7 posted 07-13-2016 05:48 PM

I’ve received the brass hardware back from blasting and polishing. Now I can start cutting and laying out pieces for the carriage!

I’ve spoken to several retired navy sailors and found out that people would take spent shells and or parts from decommission ships and cast them into other parts. So WM.C. Capehart was probably the person that made the cast pattern and the U.S.S. Vulcan was a repair ship that served beginning in the 1940’s and was scrapped in 2006.

Here is the Wiki link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Vulcan_(AR-5)

-- -Trapper

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Mean_Dean

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#8 posted 07-14-2016 12:01 AM

Thanks for the update! But maybe a blog series might work better?

Either way, I’ll keep an eye on this project!

-- Dean

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Trapper brandenburger

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#9 posted 07-14-2016 03:05 PM

Oh ok, yeah I’ll do that. Thanks Dean.

-- -Trapper

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#10 posted 07-21-2016 07:54 PM

Ok, it all makes more sense now (thank you!)

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#11 posted 07-25-2016 11:58 AM

This will be a masterpiece when it’s done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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