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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:08 am 
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Okay, I'll start trying to wake this forum up. :-D

I am working on replacing a worn out rotten carriage for a neat little cannon barrel.
The gun was made by a company called Lapan sometime in the 1960's.

The barrel weighs 84 lbs. and has a 2 1/8" bore.

The carriage was in pretty bad shape.

This is how you dismount a cannon barrel.

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Here are the wooden parts that have to be replaced. For some reason, it was made out of pine. The axle housing is oak and doesn't need to be replaced.

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Tracing the cheeks on new 2" thick oak.

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Cleaned up the old iron work. The leveling screw is bronze. I only lightly cleaned it up with steel wool to preserve the patina.

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The wheels are cast aluminum and seem pretty heavy to me. Maybe 40 lbs. each. I had them bead blasted.

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Stripping the axle housing. The axle is a piece of 1 1/4" galvanized pipe.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:15 am 
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The capsquares need work. They are entirely wrong. I will have to do some machining on them and convert to the proper system.

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Stripping the paint off the barrel.

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The carriage lacked axle bands so I made some.

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It also lacked rigging rings so I made a pair.

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Right now, the carriage has been painted red and all I have left to do is finish the capsquare system.

Stay tuned. I'll post final pictures when I get the thing finished.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:50 pm 
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Thanks Zulu, your postings are always interesting.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:42 pm 
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wow you do do nice work


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:42 pm 
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Great to see you are alive & well, Zulu! Looks like you enjoy restoration as much as I do. It is reall a treat to enjoy your photos...gifted craftsman AND photographer!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:35 pm 
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Finished!
I'm happy with it.

Machining the capsquares and changing out the bolt system worked great

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:38 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:12 pm 
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Stunning work. The only thing that impresses me more than your work is how big the demand is for all of the cannons you deliver. Amazing


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:20 pm 
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Hey Zulu,

Magnificent work, as per your usual.
Do you have a historical context for the gun and carriage?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:53 pm 
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RixWorx wrote:
Stunning work. The only thing that impresses me more than your work is how big the demand is for all of the cannons you deliver. Amazing



RixWorx,
The demand amazes me also. I currently have over 420,000 hits on my website.


Tom,
Here is a page from the original "Lapan" catalog. It is a replica of a gun found in New York.

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This is from the 1960's.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:58 pm 
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Hey Zulu,
The carriage looks English. But as it was found in a lake, it’s just as likely not based on the original.
Interesting though all the same.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:00 am 
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Looks great as usual Zulu! Is there any brand/type of paint and primer you like best for exterior iron work? I have an iron railing that i need to paint this spring.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:18 am 
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reelinron wrote:
Looks great as usual Zulu! Is there any brand/type of paint and primer you like best for exterior iron work? I have an iron railing that i need to paint this spring.

Ron


Ron,
I just use Rustoleum flat black in a spray can. I usually put three or four coats on it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:31 am 
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A short video of the Lapan.
Zulu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwzXjvU ... e=youtu.be

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