Heaviest piece I have EVER made

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Project by hunter71 posted 01-28-2018 03:01 PM 1747 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was doing some work for a friend an saw this rusty old piece of metal sitting under a bench. Deal was stuck and I had a real cannon. Now comes the wooden part. I lot of internet time had me becoming a student of cannons throughout the centuries, but still not very smart.
I decided on making mine a Naval deck signal cannon due mainly to it’s size [it is only 29” long]. Red Oak was chosen for the mount even though the wood of choice was Elm back in those days. The vertical trim is thin strips of wood with buttons to replicate the rivets they would have used. The wheels are laminated blocks turned on my lathe with a rim cut into the side. Cannon tools are from around the shop with the brush being a small paint roller. Cannon balls are nothing more than ping pong balls 1.5” same as the bore of the cannon. The whole thing weighs in at a whopping 87.45 pounds 39.9 Kilos A fun build for sure. The last picture is one of several “all wood” cannons I have built over the years. I don’t think I ever posted any of them here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 01-28-2018 03:10 PM

Well done, a very nice build.


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#2 posted 01-28-2018 03:18 PM

Really nicely done. It looks authentic too. Great idea with the paint roller swab. Your model is also very nice.

I just finished reading an interesting revolutionary war novel about the attack on Fort George by the Massachusetts militia in 1799 where cannon played such a large role and Paul Revere was in charge of the artillery.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-28-2018 03:19 PM

That’s a great representation of a deck gun.

I was also amused and amazed with your use of shop items for the tools (swab, tamper, etc.). It really adds to the look without adding a huge amount to the cost.

Well done!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 01-28-2018 03:28 PM

Very cool, interesting back story on how it all came together.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 01-28-2018 04:29 PM

This is a very interesting project. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-28-2018 04:31 PM

Great job. I did something like that 50 years ago but yours is much nicer.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 01-28-2018 05:33 PM

Wow! At first glance I thought I was just a small wooden cannon build…digging deeper and enjoying your story I now know that this is the real thing! A bang up job on this project Doug!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 01-28-2018 05:54 PM

Nice. Any plans to fire it?

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 01-28-2018 06:25 PM

Even though I am “GUN GUY” I don’t plan to shoot it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 01-28-2018 06:28 PM

Now what! Very neat—Now we expect MORE GREAT projects too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 01-28-2018 06:49 PM

very cool ….how can you stand it …..i would have to fire it off …at least once ….LOL …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 01-28-2018 07:55 PM

That’s a great looking cannon and carriage—well done!

I too would like to see it fired, but that’s unwise. You don’t know what condition the cannon is in, and if it ruptured while being fired, the results would be catastrophic…......

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 01-28-2018 09:13 PM

Looks great Doug but will it fire??

Now you need a ship to carry this cannon??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 01-28-2018 10:58 PM

Great job h’71... nice improvisations for the extras…

Hate to burgle your house and be confronted by that… (maybe a red cellophane wick would add to the would be burglar’s pants soiling).

However, don’t take up bank robbery… With steel balls (cannon type), you could easily batter down the front door and make an impressive dent on the vault… but at 40 kilos the quick getaway could be a tad slow…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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