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Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« on: February 13, 2020, 05:04:52 AM »
So some back story on this one.2 years ago I built a lock,Got it about 75% done,then I moved locations (I am working overseas currently).Long story short,I boxed up the lock and some other things and gave to another person to mail home for me as we were in a remote location.After some prodding and messaging,and fabricated stories,I will pretty much never see this box or my lock again.So my loss is your gain.... let's build another.

Matchlocks are relative simple mechanisms,and aren't complicated to fabricate.It took longer to get the measurements/dimensions and make templates than the actual fab work.Just need basic hand tools and some basic metal working skills.


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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 01:02:04 PM »
I started at the site I found before.Here's the exact link to the page of this great resource.

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=7524&page=1&pp=30

I found the same lock I made the first time.Luckily the OP placed a ruler in most of the photos for scale.This is the only way I could tell the size of anything in any of these pics.I played with the zoom feature on my comp till I got the the ruler in the pic and mine equalized.




Then I placed a piece of printer paper over it and traced out most of the parts.



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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 01:19:20 PM »
Wow... I had to google matchlock and still not entirely sure how it worked...looks like you lit a fuse, then fired that...????

I'd say regardless, you get a  :thumbs: for perseverance in making one and going thru all that to do so...

And here I thought a flintlock was somewhat involved!  ???

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 11:39:09 AM »
Wow... I had to google matchlock and still not entirely sure how it worked...looks like you lit a fuse, then fired that...????

I'd say regardless, you get a  :thumbs: for perseverance in making one and going thru all that to do so...

And here I thought a flintlock was somewhat involved!  ???

I plan on using this to build a complete gun with at some point.Then on to a Flint lock.

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 11:51:15 AM »
Good for you...I admire those with time/talent to attempt such...

Git er done! :):)

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 08:13:02 PM »
VtMtnMan,  that's quite an undertaking!  I'm not brave enough to take on lock making...and especially not a flintlock, which is pretty complicated in comparison to the match lock.  Best wishes  :thumbs:

Doc...here ya go!



The movie Saints and Strangers had a lot of Matchlock shooting in it.  I don't know how historically accurate the whole show is, but it was a pretty good flick to watch.

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 08:19:53 PM »
Thank you, Mike...

I'd never seen how it worked before... That's intriguing...

If I thought it was hard to fire a flinter in the damp or rain, that had to be even worse... Gads...

I echo your sentiments, Mike that it's quite and unertaking on Fintnsteel's part to do all that and then build a gun to shoot it...Crikey!

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 12:49:13 PM »
Next I marked out the length of the lock plate and cut it to length.The lock plate is 1"x1/8" mild steel.Then I cleaned up the edge with a file.



Then I cut out the paper and made a template to center punch the holes on to the lock plate.





I was going to mark the lock retaining bolt holes,but decided against that,as it's better to drill those through the stock in one shot.So we'll leave those out.


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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2020, 01:01:34 PM »
Next is the serpentine.I cut that out of printer paper after tracing it off of the computer screen.



Then I grabbed a small piece of 3/16"x2" mild steel.I rubbed wood glue on the back of it and glued the template to the steel.



Next I put it in the vise,and grabbed an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel



and hogged off as much as I could...



I hit it with a grinding wheel,and then the file work begins....



After about and hour of diligent filing,we've got it shaped.


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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2020, 01:06:53 PM »
Whoa!  That sure appears to be a LOT of work...

I once made a set of grips from hardwood for my Ruger Single Actions... I used a drum sander in a press for some of it but in the end it was all file work and boy...did my hands ache when I was done... Won't ever do that again..I cannot imagine what it's like working metal...

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2020, 01:17:55 PM »
Whoa!  That sure appears to be a LOT of work...

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     ..I cannot imagine what it's like working metal...

GADS!

It's not bad if you hog off waste areas and understand file cuts and how to use a file.

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2020, 01:19:48 PM »
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It's not bad if you hog off waste areas and understand file cuts and how to use a file.

AND...you have good quality metal files...Dad was a wood butcher so that's all I have is wood files...

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2020, 12:26:26 PM »
Next we need to split the serpentine.Grab a sharpie and coat the faces



Then grab the trusty dividers



Take the dividers and adjust to where you think center is.It's ok if it's off,as you can run down both sides and it will give two lines,the center being in between those lines.


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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2020, 12:40:17 PM »
Making that particular cut would be where it became a trash piece for me! :(

Kudos to you  :thumbs:

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Re: Build -A-Long/Building a Matchlock (Yes,the lock part)
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2020, 12:44:15 PM »
Next clamp it in the vice and grab the trusty hacksaw.



I found taking my time,every few saw strokes checking the blade tracking on the line,and attacking from a few different angles,I got a good center cut.





And we're pretty good.





I took a few smaller files and cleaned up as best I could inside the jaws after I pryed them apart a little more.



Got most of it cleaned up.Not going to go crazy on it,as you'll never see it and I don't want to take off too much metal.