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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:35 pm 
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I have posted pictures of this before but recently had multiple orders for these things.
I turned 4 barrels out of an old cedar 6" X 6".
I made the bases out of fir. I only had enough wood for three bases.
They replicate, in part, the original Come And Take It cannon in the Gonzales museum.

The first pictures I have are of the barrels after they have been turned.

I age the metal work with yellow mustard, vinegar, and salt over night. Then just coat it with Formby's semi gloss oil.

The barrels are aged to look like old rusted metal by my lovely assistant with paint and sand.

It is a fun project that can be seen here on my website.
Zulu

http://jmelledge.com/ComeAndTakeItCannon.html


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I also took a few pictures of the original cannon in the Gonzales museum next to my replica.
Here they are.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:22 am 
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Those are kool! I really like them but, I think you spent too much time "whacking up" the blocks that the barrels sit on.
I know they are meant to look rustic but, try again with a little less antiquing and they would look more realistic. I don't mean to be a critic in a bad way, just what I feel is a positive suggestion.
I really love the paint job with the addition of sand that your painter did by the way.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:33 am 
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I can't help but wonder, Zulu, what steps you take to prevent those barrels from checking or cracking.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:02 pm 
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Roger,
I'll always listen to constructive advice. I try to make the blocks hand hewn but it's hard with power tools. :-?
I stain the blocks with brown Kiwi shoe polish. It gives me the color I'm looking for.

Dennis,
The 6" X 6" cedar I used came from a neighbor's house when he tore down something. It is probably close to 50 years old. I'm not worried about it splitting.
I have never had one of my wooden barrels split so far.

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