Amongst other things, he's now the percussion instructor at *censored to protect the children!* High, home of the Seakings! So I got asked by his better half to craft a mighty Trident-of-stay-out-of-the-band-section for my old band comrade. Who could resist?
I had the batshit notion of making this thing out of plywood (WHY?!?) Allegedly for strength. Pha. I glued one copy of the prints to some .5" harwood ply if I remember right, and set to cutting it out on the band saw. The outside contours were refined, and then taken to my ghetto router table to create some of the bevels. The more gradual ones were shaped by hand with a surform. The one useful aspect of the ply was the fact that it's layers allowed me to gauge the contours and keep the form pretty symetrical. I painted the whole thing down with wood glue to help seal it up and keep the layers together, and then moved on to the joyful process of bondo, sand, repeat. Periodically interspersing a light primer coat so that I could gauge my progress.
Finally, the trident head could be threaded on to shaft (which took a long damn time; it's a long threaded rod!) The cutout in the bottom of the blade fit the shaft's ferrule quite nicely, bracing firmly and making for a very secure piece. No real need to glue or locktight it in.
And there you go.
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