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Had a polished horn laying around and thought I'd give it a shot at making a powder horn.

I think I have it mostly roughed out at this point.

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Taking my time as I only work on it in 10 minutes increments, 4 to 6 times a day when I go out to the garage for my smoke breaks. Not going to try and get fancy with it, just want to try a basic horn first and see how it goes.

Suggestions are welcome.
 
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Your doing well, pilgrim - congrats !

You might want to consider trying your hand at engrailing ( small notches circling the horn, stained) your horn with a small concave wood carving chisel (after laying out the spacing so the cuts end up even.)



 

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Your doing well, pilgrim - congrats !

You might want to consider trying your hand at engrailing ( small notches circling the horn, stained) your horn with a small concave wood carving chisel (after laying out the spacing so the cuts end up even.)



I have been considering it. By the way, would leather dye work instead of using something like Rit dyes?
 

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By the way, would leather dye work instead of using something like Rit dyes?
I would suggest that you try whatever dye on the inside of the horn, prior to installing the end cap, until you determine which floats your boat.
 

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Had a polished horn laying around and thought I'd give it a shot at making a powder horn.

I think I have it mostly roughed out at this point.

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Taking my time as I only work on it in 10 minutes increments, 4 to 6 times a day when I go out to the garage for my smoke breaks. Not going to try and get fancy with it, just want to try a basic horn first and see how it goes.

Suggestions are welcome.
Lookin good so far. I like where you are going and can see a lot of potential.
Can we please see a pic of the spout end? Trying to get an idea of how much thickness you have to work with.

I love the proportions you have for each section.

I think that horn will look absolutely fantastic if you can get the spout section from the rings to the tip thinner and work the tip down nice and small so one can see what one is doing when priming from the horn.
 

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Lookin good so far. I like where you are going and can see a lot of potential.
Can we please see a pic of the spout end? Trying to get an idea of how much thickness you have to work with.

I love the proportions you have for each section.

I think that horn will look absolutely fantastic if you can get the spout section from the rings to the tip thinner and work the tip down nice and small so one can see what one is doing when priming from the horn.
Yeah, the spout end is pretty thick and I was debating narrowing it some more.
 

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Lookin good so far. I like where you are going and can see a lot of potential.
Can we please see a pic of the spout end? Trying to get an idea of how much thickness you have to work with.

I love the proportions you have for each section.

I think that horn will look absolutely fantastic if you can get the spout section from the rings to the tip thinner and work the tip down nice and small so one can see what one is doing when priming from the horn.
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
To me the spout looks too chunky.
It needs to be thinned down and more “graceful”.
 

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You might want to consider replacing that spout plug with a more graceful violin tuning peg (about $2ea)

 

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You might want to consider replacing that spout plug with a more graceful violin tuning peg (about $2ea)

Powder Horns & More has been my go to so far. They have multiple different styles of spout plugs pre-turned base caps, etc. That's where the horn came from, medium size polished horn cost me $13.
I finished off the two small powder horns I bought from Bubba here. They needed spout plugs and the smaller one I put the brass plug on it.

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I was referring to a spout plug, and not an endcap plug for re-fills - but it looks like you already chose a violin pegs for the horns pictured......
 

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Okay, the throat is getting more streamlined but I did make one mistake, I grabbed a 5/16th inch drill bit instead of a 1/4" bit when I drilled the spout hole. Might have to custom make a spout plug for it. It'd work great for smoothbores using 2Fg..........

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Okay, the throat is getting more streamlined but I did make one mistake, I grabbed a 5/16th inch drill bit instead of a 1/4" bit when I drilled the spout hole. Might have to custom make a spout plug for it. It'd work great for smoothbores using 2Fg..........

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kje54:
Yeah, 5/16" drill bit...bad choice out the gate, too big. I start with 3/16? then work my way up depending on how much (or little) horn I have to work with, but great job so far. Looking foward to seeing the finished product.
God bless:
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kje54:
Yeah, 5/16" drill bit...bad choice out the gate, too big. I start with 3/16? then work my way up depending on how much (or little) horn I have to work with, but great job so far. Looking foward to seeing the finished product.
God bless:
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I'm thinking plug the hole with an epoxy - horn dust mix, let it set overnight then re drill it with a 3/16ths bit.
 

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I'm thinking plug the hole with an epoxy - horn dust mix, let it set overnight then re drill it with a 3/16ths bit.
That will "fly" but be very careful. Epoxy is a LOT harder than horn, and the bit may be prone to drifting off center? Just a heads-up. I'm no pro. just a guy who occasionally makes a powder horn. :thumb:
I think you have the right idea though, jkeep it up. It looks good so far.
God bless:'
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Powder Horns & More has been my go to so far. They have multiple different styles of spout plugs pre-turned base caps, etc. That's where the horn came from, medium size polished horn cost me $13.
I finished off the two small powder horns I bought from Bubba here. They needed spout plugs and the smaller one I put the brass plug on it.

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Really like the smaller horn.
 
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