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I have a new in the unopened in the box set of T-slot clamps for 5/8" slots in the shop. Much better more rigid hold than wood worker or welders clamps. Especially helpful when working heavy weight material.

What I am getting at is if you have 5/8" slots, I'll bring these when we go on our next cruise,
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I know what to get you for a Christmas, a mallet and chisel. A couple of good wallops and that plug would have popped right out.

No, couldn't hit it hard horizontally. That would have knocked off my drill bit center line.
The holes I drilled made a few vertical taps break everything off without moving anything laterally.


The sacrifice piece for the other half of the hole was done as you suggested.
But it was sitting on my work bench when I did it.
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But then again relocating the hole might have been required with you clamping set up. Do you have a set of t-slot clamps?

Just read this after my last reply.
No T-slot clamps. What I did worked well.

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You may have mentioned this earlier. But this is being built from White Oak?


What kind of time frame guess are you looking at as far as time put in, and completion. Going to be impressive for sure.

Bruce,
Getting good white oak here is tough.
Getting 4" thick anything is harder.
That's why I had to laminate.

It is red oak.


My deadline is the end of August but I'm guessing I can have this finished by late June.
We will see.
I have completely over extended my little shop. It is overwhelmed. I have to go out one door and back in the other just to get to each side of the carriage.


I also am very close to over extending my physical ability to pick up these pieces. And it will happen.

Not sure what I'll do then.
Any needed help is very sporadic. Having someone stand around while I try to figure out how to do something is not very realistic.


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Having someone stand around while I try to figure out how to do something is not very realistic.


One step at a time.
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I worked for the government. To be promoted I had to submit a package listing my KSA's-knowledge, skills and abilities. i was rated very highly qualified in standing around watching others work.

What was it you use to do before you retired an took up hobby cannon carriage building, I think you will sort this little issue out.

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I worked for the government. To be promoted I had to submit a package listing my KSA's-knowledge, skills and abilities. i was rated very highly qualified in standing around watching others work.

What was it you use to do before you retired an took up hobby cannon carriage building, I think you will sort this little issue out.

I built up to 1200' tall communication towers all over the world for 25 years.
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Today's progress.

The 3/8" X 4" flat bar bent around the trail end jig.
It took two rose buds. I had to get help with this.







Cutting the axle insets into the trail cheeks.











Had to get help to set the trails on to the floor. Way too heavy for me to do it by myself.





I can't do any of the transom pieces that go between the cheeks until I know the exact width of the trunnion collar. I am getting help with that from a friend and his lathe.
I suspect that will take another two weeks or more and will require another trip to the Alamo to be sure it is going to work.
In the meantime, working on anything I can.
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I need a 7" long piece of 12" I.D. X 3/8" wall pipe.


Anyone have any ideas?
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Ductile water pipe? That would be 13.20" od 12.45" id with 3/8 walls. Cement lined, I don't know if it helps.

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Are you using it as a form or do you need to make a part out of it? Wait, lights are coming on. To weld the trunnions too?

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