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The pool will be open and you can run 12 oz. weights to me. That would be within your weight restrictions.
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How about one of these? lift cart



Handy shop tool for cannons. I have one and it is very useful.
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Handy shop tool for cannons. I have one and it is very useful.

If I had that in my shop right now, I wouldn't be able to roll it more than 3' anywhere.
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I have been gluing for four days now. Trying to make 2" thick wood into 4" thick wood.
Got it done now except the 11' long X 9.5" wide pieces. If I glue them, the piece will weigh 120 lbs.
I'll cut them to final size separately before gluing.










Look at this picture. Note how the cheeks are wrapped with flat bar. I will be using 3/8" X 4" wide flat bar.
Note the very end of the trail cheek where it touches the ground. This is the hardest part of the bend.



I have a friend that has a CNC wood carving machine. He cut out my wood template to exactly the size I wanted in 5 pieces.
He sent me a DXF format file of the end piece of the cheek. I sent it to another friend with a Plasmacam CNC. He was able to cut two of the end cheek pieces out of 1/4" plate and weld them together with a 4" spread. I intend to use this jig to bend the 3/8" X 4" flat bar around so it will match my cheek tail.

All the holes in the plate will allow C-Clamps to be used to hold everything in place as the bending progresses.
I think I will have a modern blacksmith shop help me with this.
I think this effort will help ensure a good metal to wood fit.
That is important to me.
The rest of the flat bars are straight pieces and can be cut and welded.

I am facing challenges that I never faced before but it is fun.
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Some of those bends are extreme for 3/8 stock. Would it be possible to put kerf cuts in the flat stock where the bends are the tightest, fit it then weld the kerfs up and grind smooth?

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Any idea what the radius of that tight bend is? I think it will be relatively easy if you bend it hot. Bending the handle for your thundermug was no big deal and that was 7/8", although round instead of flat. But you will have some shrinkage to deal with once it cools. I would cool it after every bend so the shrinkage does not accumulate.

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Any idea what the radius of that tight bend is? I think it will be relatively easy if you bend it hot. Bending the handle for your thundermug was no big deal and that was 7/8", although round instead of flat. But you will have some shrinkage to deal with once it cools. I would cool it after every bend so the shrinkage does not accumulate.

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The radius is around 1.5".
Still not impossible if it is red hot.
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Here is what I got done today.
Glued the axle housing.
Cut both trail cheeks out.
Some cuts on the band saw, but the 11 footer had to be cut with a skill saw, a jig saw, and an angle grinder with a sanding disc. Worked out well. The 11 footer is still two pieces of 2" thick boards so that was possible to do.

I had 74 lbs. of drops. I think each trail cheek now weighs around 170 lbs

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Impressive work. I am still somewhat in Awe of the size of that Carriage. This is going to be a very fun thread to watch as you progress.
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Still not impossible if it is red hot.


Be sure to top off your acetylene tank. Don't want to run out in the middle of the job.

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