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Topic: From lame round table to battle ready Viking Shield!  (Read 3381 times)
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« on: May 01, 2010 06:58:51 PM »

My husband and I are huge DnD nerds, and right now we are turning our game room into the "Adventure's Guild Hall". We have seen lots of game rooms that look like dungeons and we are wanting to do something different. So far we have lots of potions and scrolls made. A "Monster chair" (We were thinking of him as a mimic chair from DnD Tongue) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337211.msg3900022#msg3900022 we are starting on wall decoration now, so we have been playing around with the idea of making weapons, taxidermy style monster heads, wanted posters, treasure maps etc. My husband has been wanting to make a shield forever so we started looking for a pretty wood to use when I literally stubbed my toe on this awesome Red Oak round table that was in a junk room in our house and it had seen better days.. Well, problem solved. So we started sanding it down! (I forgot to get a before picture of the table  Embarrassed

You can see my best friend's hands and his crazy long hair here lol My husband is the sander. We have no problem using our friends for hard labor!

This is the closest thing I remembered to get to a "before" picture, but as you can see from the middle part of the circle it was pretty beat up, and oh my goodness someone LOVED their Varnish! We sanded most of the first day that we worked on it. This ended up being a two day project.

We then spent countless hours with a roll of masking tape, trying to make the design, which considering how awesome I looked after sanding for 3 hours, I'm thankful the guys forgot the camera lol I couldn't find any stain that I liked so I made my own with some outdoor paint watered down then applied like a stain (applying then wiping it off) I did this with the brown and black but the green we really loved and ended up just painting it on. After everything was dry we took some antiqued brass furniture tacks to embellish the outside. I think i want something in the center but I haven't found it yet. So here is the our shield!

For the arm straps I found my husbands old belt that I took for crafting a few weeks back, because it was so ragged and cut one large enough for his forearm and another as a hand strap and my handy drill and I secured it into place with a couple of screws.

And here is my happy adventurer! He is ready for battle!!!! (I find him holding a shield in my very girly craft room funny Grin)

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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010 07:29:57 PM »

Great looking shield.

If you want something awesome for the middle, go to a wrecking yard and ask to buy a lug nut cover.  They are chrome and look really cool on a shield.

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2010 06:28:05 PM »

My youngest son would probably give an eye tooth for a real wooden shield!
Awesome job on it!!
My husband doesn't fit in my craft room... it's very over crowded!

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010 11:08:43 AM »

THAT IS SO AWESOME! And it looks so easy! <---- never worked with wood before. :S
I totally want to make my own now!

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