Just a little weekend project....

sirhrmechanic

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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.
 

jetmd

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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!
 

buffalowinter

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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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