How to Make a Large Trophy
May 3, 2016
This week I made a trophy for the backyard wiffle ball league I play in on the weekends. For this project, I used some walnut I had laying around the shop and started by planing it down to 3/4″ thick. After that, I cut 4 pieces of 1 1/4″ conduit down to 20″ lengths. I painted them a silver metallic color to match the top piece that I’ll be putting on the trophy. As for the walnut, I used my CNC machine to carve out a bunch of circles (1-4.5″, 1-6.5″, 3-8.5″, 2-10.5″). On two of the 8.5″ circles, I had the machine drill out 4 holes that are 1.5″ in diameter. Once I had everything carved up, I sanded it all and assembled everything with some brad nails and wood glue. I finished it off with some Danish finishing oil and glued the conduit pipes into the wooden portions of the trophy with epoxy. Last but not least, I drilled a 1/4″ hole in the top of the trophy for baseball player to get bolted to (you can order trophy pieces online, I got a bunch on ebay for a really low price). Now our league has an awesome trophy to play for when it comes playoff time!
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