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Gun Rack

I’ve been on somewhat of a buying spree with antique firearms lately.  I’m a low end collector and these are relatively cheap and impractical since ammunition needs to be made from scratch as they are all 1860’s through 1898 in age.  (I wouldn’t be surprised if a few became props in my steampunk projects.)

Here’s the gun rack I’ve needed for quite some time to get my firearms out of the closet/basement.  It is pine with a “gunstock” colored stain which gives it a red hue like cherry wood.  I was trying to match the television stand, but need at least one more coat.  dscn0483I skipped the obligatory black or red felt and went with a black quilted cloth instead which I believe enhances the design.  The lower right pic shows the quilting, but the color is slightly distorted by my Edison bulb lighting.

It is 5 feet by 2 feet in size to accommodate the longer barrels of the period.  It has brass brackets placed closer together to fit short carbines.   I also used peg board for the backboard so I have the option to hang items in various locations If needed. The contact cement used to bond the cloth to the backboard still fills the house.  I threw it together using pocket hole screws (the Kreg system).  Build time was about 12 hours with an intermittent overnight wait for the stain to dry.

I actually cut the wood for a second, identical gun rack, but only had the room to work on one at a time.  The second can wait until I absolutely need it.


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Gun Cabinet Finished (Sort of)

This is the cabinet portion of the Steampunk heavy machine gun.  I need to work on the gun sights, plumbing, legs/stand, and other details before I take the final photographs.

Steampunk Heavy Machine Gun Cabinet

Here’s the step by step progress:  STEP-BY-STEP  or https://fleetinginterests.wordpress.com/steampunk-heavy-machine-gun-sentry/

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Finished: Steampunk Rangefinder

Rangefinder (Front-Back)

Not a whole lot different than the last pictures. It had more work remaining than I thought, but then, I did add some unexpected details.

DSCN0189 Rangefinder Lens Detail

The goggles were originally going to be a large, single leather mask, but it covered too much of the back (and I was too impatient to let the leather shape correctly). Instead, I decided to make these: my first ever attempt at “Steampunk goggles”. They are smaller than I’d hoped and they cover more of the rear lens’ details than expected.

From the rear, the frog-eyed ends lacked interest and had “CFI” stamped into the back. One of the few things I glued was the black painted copper plate which works (at least in my eye). The damn things arrived with a single hole (presumably for jewelry making) punched into the top so I had to add brass tacks

After 7 hours of attempts at etching, I finally settled on the crosshairs shown here. Not quite as clean as I hoped, but alright overall. I can always redo them in the future since they are only attached by a single bolt from underneath.

I’ll probably touch up the rangefinder in the future, but for now, the project is complete.

I’ve yet to come up with ideas for scopes except I know I want one long and one short and they should be interchangable between guns.

The gathering of hardware for the other projects is nearly complete. I’m switching over to aluminum from steel for the carbine parts. It’s easier and faster to work and I found a way to do a “cold anodizing” effect so it can still be black.

Anyways, thanks for reading.

Rangefinder Front Detail

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Steampunk Machine-gun Sentry

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I’ve been working on the HMG the past weeks.  I’ve made more progress than shown, but I can’t assemble it further until I get the sides finalized.  A little work still remains, but the photo shows the all but completed barrel jacket assembly.  I might lash a leather strap around the upright filler before I attach the cap.  Also, I’ll make the knot less noticeable.  Thanks for your interest.


EDITED (5/9/16)  I’ve been putting some hours into the Sentry project.  I have the cabinet distressed and stained.  Both sides are completed and ready for assembly.

For the most part, the inside is all but finalized.  The gear interaction has been figured out, but I need to mock up the barrel and firing mechanism.  The empty brass chute needs to be attached as well as painted.  Exactly how it’ll be attached is a good question at the moment.

I haven’t began to design the steam engine/plumbing, but I have stumbled across suitable gun sights.

The barrel and barrel jacket remain as ugly as the picture above.  However, I have the para cord to restring the leather cover.  I still haven’t figured how to cap the top without glue or insulation foam.

As it turns out, the muzzle flash seems to be the only actual gun part used in the construction.  I’ll probably make a replacement in the future.  As can be seen in the following photo, the steam engine will be positioned beneath the barrel jacket instead of beside it.  DSCN0427

I’ll begin work on the tripod/base as soon as the cabinet is completed which should be pretty soon.  It’ll be four legged and shorter than the old swivel chair base would allow meaning I might actually be able to display it under the glass-topped end table like I originally envisioned.

EDITED (5/10/16)  –  I believe I’ve completed the internal feed and shooting mechanism.

Next, the steam engine and plumbing need to be added.  I’m waiting on some glass covers for my gauges (which will probably have to be homemade).  I scrapped the few gauges I have since they took a bit too much space and are too modern.  Making my own will allow me to customize them for machine gun use.

EDITED (5/12/16) – Yesterday I spent my hours finishing what I thought was already done.  Today I caught up, but before I assemble the cabinet, I need to replace the Swiss cheesed inner boards.  I’ve taken the opportunity to readjust the protruding gear so more can be seen.  The replacement board isn’t as wide as the original meaning I have less room for error.

The inner center board mounts the barrel’s threaded rod as well as the internal roller placed above the barrel and the hole for the spring and guide rod placed in the rear of the cabinet.  DSCN0432

Here is a photo of the interior.  It’ll be a bit more presentable when finished.  The space to the right shows the rear pocket which will hold the “recoil spring” and maintenance props.

EDITED (5/13/16) – The inside gears are about as complete as they are going to get.  I attached the top completing the cabinet.  Of course, measuring one and cutting twice I manged to put several holes into the bottom board’s underside.  It looks like someone hit it with buck shot, but thankfully it won’t be seen.  I have repainted the ammunition chute and the side plate.  I can see an end in sight.  I need to get a punch set to make a brass identification plaque to mount to the side plate.

In the morning, I should be ready to mount the engine and begin the plumbing.

I was going to take a photo, but I forgot the memory card and was too lazy to go back to the basement.  It looks nearly identical to yesterday’s picture.

EDITED (16-5-18) – Progress is being made.  A lot of time is being wasted while waiting for paint to dry.  Also, I’ve removed and patched up the mounting holes and recessed door bolts.  My realignment of the front and back boards caused the holes to be out of alignment by a few millimeters.  Just enough to force me to fill i the gap and start over.  I haven’t done any drilling yet.  I’m waiting on some threaded rod and wing nuts from Ebay before I do anything final.

The muzzle flash hider arrived, but I’m not certain I like the look.  I situated the engine and decided to use 1/4″ tubing.  The larger scale goes better with the overall look.

Next, I need to prep and mount the barrel so I can begin running copper tubing and placing the gauges and valves.  I’ll spray the interior gears and mechanisms with some fine oil (WD-40) for protection against the notorious humidity here in Delaware.  I’ll do so just before I remount the ammo chute.  Otherwise, I’ll get the cloth ammo belt full of oil when I load it.

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Steampunk Light Machinegun Project

Seeing the newly arrived gears has inspired me to tackle yet another project.  It’ll be purely aesthetic so it’s more of a sculpture, but then, all props are sculpture with a purpose.  

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Flintstones Inspired Stonepunk Slingshot Gun

With the completion of the Steampunk HK MP5 project in sight, I’m feeling confident in pulling out another of my oldest projects — the Slingshot Rifle aka the Flintstones Rifle.  It sounds easy enough, but you know I need to over complicate every project to the point of impossibility.  Anyways, I’ve had a few good ideas pop into my head over the past couple days.  All I need now is some leather, a walking stick, and a few ounces of artistic ability.  In lieu of the last, I’ll opt for plenty of bandages.  Of course, a bit of research is needed here, but other than shipping time, I don’t see anything really holding me back from completing this project rather quickly.  But then, that isn’t really my way.

Update 7/30/13

Good progress on the gun.  I really need the leather cord, but I can still do the decorating.

Later the same day…

I’ve done as much decorating as I can until I get the leather cord.

Update 8/1/13

The leather cord just arrived.  The end is in sight.

Update 8/2/13

I’ve completed the leather wrapping, but I’m not certain how to attach the “elastic” cord without making it look like a child’s project?  Anyways, I’ve had a few more brain storms and have ordered some tree bark.  In addition, I’ve decided I can’t include all my ideas in this one project, so i’ll most likely make another stonepunk gun.

Later that same day…

I now see it needs more decoration.  I’d like to add some paintings, but am afraid I’ll foul it up.  Anyways, here’s the pics of the WIP.

Right Side:  Traditional Cave Depictions

Right Side: Traditional Cave Depictions

Left Side:  Tongue-in-cheek Drawings and Carvings

Left Side: Tongue-in-cheek Drawings and Carvings


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“Martian” Needle Gun Project

“Martian” Long gun / I’m having trouble locating what I need for the barrel and jacket.  Also, I remain uncertain what the receiver area should look like.

Update 7/23/13

I’ve been brainstorming and have some good ideas about the stock specifics and overall look of the gun.  It’ll be following the cliche matchlock rifle look, but I’d like to make it more upscale.  I’m currently stuck on the sights and receiver details.  As for the fore grips, I’ve decided to stop looking for end caps and just use washers.  It’ll probably be tough finding washers with the proper outside and inside diameter.  The swivels will be unconventional, but will keep with the circle theme.

Update 7/25/13

I’m reluctant to purchase anything I need for the project until I’ve figured out the stock mount.  Also, even though the gun is intended to represent an alien firearm, the design still has to be somewhat practical for the human body.  The good news is I’ve found the parts I need to build the project.

Update 7/27/13

I made the plunge and began buying the materials.  I bought conduit instead of the copper since nobody will ever see it and I don’t plan to used copper fittings.  I won’t be using conduit fittings either.  I also bought the wood veneer for the stock.  I really wanted something exotic for a stock supposedly inspired by or made on Mars.  However, I ultimately decided that most people wouldn’t appreciate the exotic Waterfall Bubinga details enough to warren the expenditure.  So in the end I compromised and bought Rosewood.  It has a beautiful appearance and nearly everyone has heard, if not seen, rosewood.  On the gun, it will simply look like a reddish-toned walnut which is disappointing.  Once the glass arrives, I’ll take a good look at the receiver and scope.  The rest is pretty much completed (in my mind, anyways).

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