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It started last week with a trip to San Antonio to visit The Alamo and take measurements of the 16 pounder barrel.
I took the trail cheek template I made to compare barrel to cheek ratio. I was pleased with it.
The trail cheeks will be 11' long.


Next was a trip to the lumber yard. The 4" thick oak I needed was not to be found in the lengths I needed. Plus what they had was really poor. Almost all boards were warped and they wanted almost $12 a board foot for it.


I decided to buy 2" thick boards and laminate them to get the 4" thickness I need.
I have now managed to get all the wood cut to size but not laminated yet.


This project will be the hardest thing I have ever done in my little shop.


It will take a while and I'll keep posting pictures.
I need a bigger shop!!



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Zulu. Sort of run out of words looking at your Alamo project. Very impressive! That trail cheek is so long, it takes four saw horses. How long is the barrel? Will your original plan for the trunnions still work? What wheel height did you go with?

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Zulu. Sort of run out of words looking at your Alamo project. Very impressive! That trail cheek is so long, it takes four saw horses. How long is the barrel? Will your original plan for the trunnions still work? What wheel height did you go with?

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When I measured the barrel, I discovered that the gun had below center trunnions which I hadn't counted on. My collar design had to be modified.
I have ordered 5' 6" diameter wheels.


At this point, my biggest concern is the weight of everything. I'm probably the meanest 66 year old you know, but I'm still worried. After the iron work is installed, these cheeks could weigh close to 300 lbs. each.


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6" round X 10" long for the trunnions.
2" round X 8' long for the axle to be cut to size when I get the 5' 6" tall wheels.
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At this point, my biggest concern is the weight of everything.


Engine hoist.

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I'm thinking 4-wheeler winch and ceiling mounted rail with block and tackle. Or you could just invite us all down to help lift.;o

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There will not be room in my tiny shop for an engine hoist. I am, however, thinking about inviting everyone down here to help.
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I am thinking that a lot of the work will need to be done outside.

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There will not be room in my tiny shop for an engine hoist. I am, however, thinking about inviting everyone down here to help.
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I'll come help. I am still on 15 lb weight restriction, no bending , twisting or stooping after back surgery. I could supervise, will the pool be open?

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I'll come help. I am still on 15 lb weight restriction, no bending , twisting or stooping after back surgery. I could supervise, will the pool be open?

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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