Just a little weekend project....

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Axle bands. For two carriages, had to make four of these. These are 3/8" strap that was v-grooved and heated to cherry red then bent to 90 degrees. The top piece will later be welded in to make the bands an exact (and very tight) fit between the cheeks and axles. 12 separate parts to make the four bands!

Also had to make two of these:

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These go between the trail and the axle. Same principle as the other axle bands, except this has a T-piece that has to be welded on. Again, all will be tacked and final welded to ensure the axle is tight on the cheeks!

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This is one of the carriages with its machined rondelles in place. Turned bolt heads in place. Irons ready to be fitted/welded. And the rear rondelles fitted with their recoil lugs. A lot of machining and blacksmithing this weekend.

Later, I am going to try and see if I can find some more pictures of old plants and old manufacturing. Amazingly, there is not a lot out that I've initially found. I did find that Watervliet Arsenal Museum is undergoing a major refurbishment and is likely to re-open to the public. That's good news! Lots of history there.

More later,

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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sirhrmechanic

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Not yet, Packratt... I've only threaded a few.

But I also cheat.... because they didn't have Red Loctite back in 1860.... I get it from the same place as I got my DRO!

However, yes, all the nuts will have rounded corners and some face work on the visible parts!

Cheers,

Sirhr

P.S. I grew up watching the Woodwrights Shop on PBS. Loved Roy Underhill's stuff. I even wrote him a letter asking how gunstocks were made when I was about 15... and they did a show from Colonial Williamsburg the next season! Showing the gun-stocking workshop.
 
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Fascinating to say the least!

Thank you for taking time during your work process to take pictures and post them.

Do you ever need a shop bitch? Someone to sweep the floor, fetch coffee etc. ?

I work full time but would love to visit your machine shop just to see this history being saved in person!
 

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Interesting, I would have thought there would be a plethora of images.
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sirhrmechanic

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Got the cheeks for one carriage finished... the trail is being milled this weekend for both carriages! Woo hoo!

This bit doesn't look like a lot of work, but getting the angled hole drilled... and the four cross bolts for each cheek done for one carriage (two cheeks) was a full, non-stop 8 hour day. Note the hand-made nuts at the bottom and the wedge. Also that the trunnion irons are now locked together and matched in pairs.

Here is the second cheek... ready for cross-drilling, milling and through-bolts tomorrow. With luck, since I have all my set-ups and techniques down... I can get this whole one done (including milling the bottoms) in one day. Lots of chisel work here, too.

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More pictures tomorrow, I hope.

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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sirhrmechanic

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Just needs one more coat of paint. This is cannon number 3, which ended up being finished first. Go figger... 2.25" Tredegar Mountain Rifle.

This weekend, I also made all the accoutrements, which I will post separately tomorrow. Almost ready for the weekend and its first event!

Cheers,

Sirhr.

P.S. 'MERIKA!!!!
 

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Wrapping up farm work before a motorcycle trip.... But decided to take the day off for a 'real' little weekend project.

Restored a Strong yachting/salute cannon. Was missing its firing mechanism. The extractor was broken. And the firing pin was bent like a banana. Made all new parts. Restored completely and gave a 'gentle' polish to keep up some of the original patina.

Lovely piece from c. 1880's. Identical to the one on the opening of Magnum P.I. but smaller. From the Strong/Snow company of Ct.

Ready for another 140 years of BANG!!!





Fixing things is fun...

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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Wrapping up farm work before a motorcycle trip.... But decided to take the day off for a 'real' little weekend project.

Restored a Strong yachting/salute cannon. Was missing its firing mechanism. The extractor was broken. And the firing pin was bent like a banana. Made all new parts. Restored completely and gave a 'gentle' polish to keep up some of the original patina.

Lovely piece from c. 1880's. Identical to the one on the opening of Magnum P.I. but smaller. From the Strong/Snow company of Ct.

Ready for another 140 years of BANG!!!





Fixing things is fun...

Cheers,

Sirhr
Gorgeous.....!!!.....(y)(y)(y)
 
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Wrapping up farm work before a motorcycle trip.... But decided to take the day off for a 'real' little weekend project.

Restored a Strong yachting/salute cannon. Was missing its firing mechanism. The extractor was broken. And the firing pin was bent like a banana. Made all new parts. Restored completely and gave a 'gentle' polish to keep up some of the original patina.

Lovely piece from c. 1880's. Identical to the one on the opening of Magnum P.I. but smaller. From the Strong/Snow company of Ct.

Ready for another 140 years of BANG!!!





Fixing things is fun...

Cheers,

Sirhr
I just sold one of these last year on eBay. Mine was 10 gauge. They are a thing of beauty .
 

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sirhrmechanic

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So for some reason didn't sleep for $#!+ last night... and ended up getting up and going to the shop at 4am... and spending the next 11 hours getting a ton done....

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Fitted the axles, cheeks and trail together for the first time on both carriages. This is critical as it includes aligning the trunnion irons so that the barrel will drop in. Both carriages... my woodwork was so close that they required zero adjustment... One of the benefits of making these things on a milling machine... rather than with a chisel. I was a bit amazed... having not touched either of these carriages since spring. But both went together remarkably easily. Once fitted and clamped, the cross bolt holes were drilled through the trail.

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Same carriage... other side. Next weekend, I'll fit the wheels, one remaining Lunette and start drilling the trail for all the little gee-gaws that go on it. But by the end of next weekend (if it's raining... still got one more weekend of farm work to do before winter..) the wheels should be on with their retainers. Then everything comes apart one more time for welding straps, painting, etc.

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I still have some fettling/finishing to do on some of the iron pieces. Here is part of today's work getting the second elevation screw adjustor machined and ready to fit. The other one was done some months ago.




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The elevation adjustors (no, I did not turn the Acme thread...bought it!) And the Linstock holders. Some of the irons. I still need to cut some holes and weld them together.

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Two carriages awaiting final Trail components to be fitted and wheel fitting. Part of that may be next weekend. Certainly the weekend after. Then comes deer season.... but I expect to have both of these finished over Christmas. I think that I may welcome Santa with a barrage!

Here's roughly what the Mountain Howitzer will look like when done.... It's getting close!

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Cheers,

Sirhr
 

sirhrmechanic

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So member @tea&jam posted this over in Motivational Thread and it's a remarkable video... that deserves to be here, too.


Look at the recoiling forces on the cannon. Incredible!

The thing to keep in mind is that the Civil War wood carriage was the ultimate evolution of the 'field carriage' before they went to riveted steel, hydraulics, breech loading, etc. By the time these carriages were in the field, the best/brightest engineers for 500 years... had been working on the development.

A remarkable video. Remarkable footage of the flexing and energy-absorption of the carriages. Just amazing.

Again, Kudos to tea&jam. Well done! Great find.

Cheers,

Sirhr
 

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So member @tea&jam posted this over in Motivational Thread and it's a remarkable video... that deserves to be here, too.


Look at the recoiling forces on the cannon. Incredible!

The thing to keep in mind is that the Civil War wood carriage was the ultimate evolution of the 'field carriage' before they went to riveted steel, hydraulics, breech loading, etc. By the time these carriages were in the field, the best/brightest engineers for 500 years... had been working on the development.

A remarkable video. Remarkable footage of the flexing and energy-absorption of the carriages. Just amazing.

Again, Kudos to tea&jam. Well done! Great find.

Cheers,

Sirhr

That puts a rise in my pendulum hausse.....
 
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From here, I can technically shell Ben and Jerry's....

Cheers,

Sirhr
I can bring my shit and be your FO!

I saw this documentary about mountain guns but they were WW2 4 and 8 mule guns... They're so slick and look very, very simple. Based on where they were used and how, I doubt many are left.

Awesome work, as usual.
 
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I can bring my shit and be your FO!

I saw this documentary about mountain guns but they were WW2 4 and 8 mule guns... They're so slick and look very, very simple. Based on where they were used and how, I doubt many are left.

Awesome work, as usual.
Sir you are truly a skilled artisan! I found something for sale on EBay I know you will remember. And it’s for sale. It may be one of a kind. https://www.ebay.com/itm/magnum-pi-...461322?hash=item2aa4f9cf0a:g:AsgAAOSwiIxaBhlr
 

sirhrmechanic

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Sir you are truly a skilled artisan! I found something for sale on EBay I know you will remember. And it’s for sale. It may be one of a kind. https://www.ebay.com/itm/magnum-pi-...461322?hash=item2aa4f9cf0a:g:AsgAAOSwiIxaBhlr
That thing has floated around for years... Pawn Stars offered something like $4500 for it on an episode... It's bounced here and there with a stupid escalating price.

I have a Strong... it's very nice. Paid under $2k for it. But it's a 10 ga. The big ones... go for $15k or so. At most. This guy is not only dreaming, he is insulting the cannon-buying public.

But, maybe there is a sucker out there. The beauty of capitalism!

Cheers,

Sirhr