I know I have posted a lot of naval carriage builds. Here is another one for your entertainment.
This carriage is for a 41" long Hern carronade. The owner has no intention of firing it and will display it in his yard. It will be subject to harsh winter conditions and salt air so he opted to have me make it out of fir.
When I build a naval carriage I don't need the barrel in my possession if I can get accurate measurements from my customer. Several of the measurements are critical. A mistake can be costly and the blame falls solely on the one holding the tape measure.
It has happened before several times and the barrel didn't fit properly.
It astounds me how many folks can't read a tape measure or don't know the difference between diameter and circumference.
I send this drawing for them to fill out. With this, I can build a carriage.
This is what I'm trying to replicate.
Here are some progress pictures of what I have done so far.
The wood. Fir 12" X 2 1/2" X 12' long.
And rough cut outs.
Boring the capsquare pockets. Because the carriage is narrower in the front and wider in the back, all holes drilled in the cheeks must be done at a 2 1/2 degree angle.
Boring the wheels and turning the axles on the lathe.
The cheek to axle insets must also be cut at 2 1/2 degrees to mate properly.
Together with the leveling wedge platform.
Drilling the capsquare bolt holes. The front bolt has to go vertically through the cheek at an angle so it also can go through the axle.
Note the pencil line that I am matching up to a straight bit by tilting the drill press table.
Then I start the hole with a paddle bit and then switch to a regular bit to prevent drift.
I drill as deep as I can which is the full length of the bit.
Then flip the cheek and repeat. The goal is to make the two holes meet in the middle but the bits are not long enough.
The hole is then completed with a hand drill. They meet perfectly.
After they are drilled through, the cheeks are placed on the axles and the hole is continued through the axles.
Everything fits together.
Chiseling out the capsquare washer insets.