JBreese1

My replica cannon build, in process photo's

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If you came across a cannon barrel could you use it? I guess it would have to be plugged. 
 

i know they are out there. My friend had a couple barrels and a reproduction 8 pounder. It was fun firing them but this was in PA in the 90s. 

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8 hours ago, Gotcow? said:

Outstanding job.

 

Only thing I might have done different is turn the cannon out of a solid piece of wood.

Mythbusters did that with a big spade bit and log. Had a smithie do the iron banding work

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My father always had some cannons. Brother got the 3' cast iron(?) barrel on oak carriage. I got the turned 14" brass cannon with carriage. Mine fires 12 gauge blanks, with mallet to drive firing pin. 36 incher is a black powder fed with damp newspaper rammed down the barrel. Every fourth of July in the early sixties we would attend a cannon shoot at a family friends house. Usually eight or more of the three footers. 

 

Nice build with limited resources!

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19 hours ago, JBreese1 said:

Next are the wheels I purchased through Amazon. They are 30" where the full size 1841 six pound field gun had 58" wheels, so my replica is roughly 1/2 scale. Here are the wheels as purchased, the decorative miniature barrels I bought at Hobby Lobby. The barrels cut in half with plywood circles epoxied to them and drilled for the axle. Last pic, finished wheels waiting for sanding and stain.

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Pretty cool

 

If going outside as I think you said, I'd coat those wheels (and everything else) with a thin epoxy to seal and weatherproof.  Something tells me those wheels won't last long outside.

 

Epoxy isn't UV stabilized, so maybe a coat of varnish or something afterwards.

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36 mins ago, makorider said:

Pretty cool

 

If going outside as I think you said, I'd coat those wheels (and everything else) with a thin epoxy to seal and weatherproof.  Something tells me those wheels won't last long outside.

 

Epoxy isn't UV stabilized, so maybe a coat of varnish or something afterwards.

gellcoat!

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I got to play with my build a little today. I had the same concerns as Makorider about the wheels holding up outdoors so I came up with a fix that along with the staining and varnishing I plan on doing should help with their ability to hold up outdoors. I used UV rated construction epoxy under pressure to fill all the joints and seams on the wheel hubs and rims. I also drilled and tapped my lavatory faucet knob to fit my elevation screw I made out of an C-Clamp.  Hopefully tomorrow I will finish melding all the sharp corners and sanding and apply my first coat of stain.

 

 

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Looks perfect for a butt pirate. What size batteries does it take? :point:

Jim

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6 mins ago, JBreese1 said:

Looks perfect for a butt pirate. What size batteries does it take? :point:

Jim

Honestly it's a tight fit.

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