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Timber

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Is there a spot here for newbies that shows general basics? That may save me from asking simple questions?

Gonnaake a loading block for the .54.
Type of wood mattter? Size and thickness?
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I like harder wood but anything will work, I have made them out of walnut, cherry and osage because I have a lot of each.

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The ball thickness will determine the board thickness, I like mine at or near the ball diameter, I start the balls in the block with a ball starter and have the ball slightly protruding out the other side.

Here is a drill chart for each caliber, you don't have to have a 35/64 bit to make a .54 block, I suspect you could use a 1/2" bit and sand the openings to fit.

I have a lot of .54s so I bought the 35/64 bit, even with the bit you may have to sand the hole to enlarge it a little to fit your choice of patch and ball in the hole

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I prefer leather.....here is my little turtle.
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2 layers of very thick saddle skirting.

Once I made a loading block out of red oak and it chipped pretty badly between the holes.
 
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Just make sure the holes are large enough to accept a lube patched RB, pressed in lightly.

Since my guns have an under rib that extends to the muzzle, I inlet the bottom side of each hole 1/16" to accept the muzzle.

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I like to make mine like Pietro. The larger recess fits over the end of the barrel and the ball is then perfectly centered over the bore. Nice work!
 
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I’ve made a few and the chart diameters did not work for me, holes ended up larger. I used some scrap Oak flooring and it worked well. I want to make some more and get a little fancy with the boards. My first ones were straight boards and while they work fine are not very artistic. Good luck.
 

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Never thought about making them from leather but it looks like a great idea to me. I've made cappers out of leather so I'd bet I could do it for a ball board.
 
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