Thank you sir! on my .56 cal carriage I through drilled cheek pieces through the axle.DD,
The capsquare bolts in that drawing are screwed in. That will never work for very long with a "firing model". They must go vertically through the cheeks and the front one also through the axle.
Your transition work is Notable
Hallmark of a Napoleon barrel, no sharp lines all smooth and flowing transitions. It would be simple to make sharp lines on a Napoleon. But I have to wonder if Napoleon made the lines round and flowing for reason. Could he have made the exterior rounded lines thinking of them as exterior stress risers to give the barrel added strength?
Without those smooth transitions lines its just not a Napoleon.
If you are following the drawings, those cheeks will need five holes drilled vertically through them. Four are straight holes and one is at a pretty good slant.Scale plans for a 13 inch barrel call for 0.5 inch wide cheeks. As the trunions on the barrel are 1 inch thick by 1 inch wide; lm thinking to go 3/4 inch wide cheeks just for the added strength...ideas???
Thank you for the advice and pics! I plan on using 1/4-20 bolts for all cheek piece holes. The benchtop drill press rotates up to 45 degrees.If you are following the drawings, those cheeks will need five holes drilled vertically through them. Four are straight holes and one is at a pretty good slant.
What size bolts are you going to use in those holes?
A .5" cheek doesn't give you much room to drill vertically.