Archive for 2013


FYYCDT 1: Prize

Mike won the first FYYCDT challenge with his PVC bow due to its originality and functionality; outdoing Rios' more traditional branch bow. Rios did compete, he just didn't post yet (look I know the rule of the internet is "pics or it didn't happen," but this happened, ok?)

The winner of FYYCDT gets a prize to be determined and created by the challenge issuer and to fit the theme of martial prowess I decided to make a shield with a house sigil for the winner.

Wood (3: 1x5x6 and 1: 2x4x6)
Button Plugs
Miter saw
Painter's Tape

Bisect those 3(1x5x6) to give you 6(1x5x3) MATHS!

Line them up lengthwise and clamp em in place. Find the center point, measure about 14" of string and swing an arc, drawing the circumference of the layout

Add your halved 2x4 onto the board and get them situated real nice like
Square those 2x4s off so you know you have a right angle and then trace the board as your reference

I gridded out each individual plank with countersunk holes to prevent the wood from splitting, and then drilled the 2x4 into place

Cellar door project complete

Flip it over and look at the front at your (poorly) lines and get your jig handy

Jig, jig like the wind! I really struggled to make good cuts, but I was able to sand it later to my liking.

Here's the back all sanded and wiped down ready for some stain.

I went with a dark walnut stain and did my first coat, let it set 5 minutes and then wiped down the excess with a rag.

They kinda look like little muffins
I wanted to make the button plugs look like metal, but I was honestly really disappointed with the sheen this type offered, it didn't create any of the texture from the can top

See? It's all shiny and non-textured, I sanded off the sheen with some fine grain sand paper.

Now to prime, make sure to tape off the edges of your stain. I used spray primer so cover everything to prevent dusting.

Primed with two coats

I bought a little color paint sample because I needed a small amount and kinda dug the color.

Two coats of paint

I freehand drew a bear paw on the shield and then added the painter's tape, cutting out the design to make a stencil.

Notice how I didn't cover everything, don't be lazy like me, put some newspaper on that thing, prevent any stray spray paint.... Straypaint?

Peel away. Peeling anything is so satisfying, glue on your hands, saran wrap, scabs, painter's tape is no exception.

Check out the back, we need to grip this thing. So pick a belt to ruin and get to ruining it.


To keep the belts in place I used some left over wood to create brackets that I routed a belt sized groove in to pinch the belt while not cracking the wood.

Stain those blocks, what are you some sort of savage?
Screw those blocks in place, and keep a little bend in those belts or else you won't get your hands and wrist in there.

Pop those button plugs into place with some wood glue and bammo, you're done.

FYYCDT: Challenge 1 - Mike V


So the first FYYCDT was to make a bow and arrows, winner to be judged in an archery contest.

Here we go

Hey look at that lil tree

He was looking at me kinda smug...


I'm peeling off your skin, tree

Now you're fucking naked, tree.

Cuttin a notch up in this birch

Grabbin some paracord

Notched up starring Seth Rowan

That kinda looks like a decent bow


Round two, tools required:
1) 5' PVC (3/4 Schedule 40)
2) File
3) Knife
4) String
5) Ducttape

File a notch in the top of the PVC

Notch looks pretty good. I cleaned up the edges a bit.

Tie off a knot on your string that won't slip through the notch.

Put it inside the PVC.

Use the ducttape to tape off the edge.

With the other side, you want to make the knot 2-3 inches shorter than where the notch is. The above picture is a pile of shit, that knot is too far down.

Bend the PVC and slip the knot through the notch.

The bow is now strung. Tape off the other end. Your string should be taut. 

This string could play a song. A song of blue grass bullshit my dog died and my woman left me for the mailman. In kentucky.

With the file again, I'm filing a notch at the end of a wooden dowel. Arrows. 

This notch looks pretty okay.

Using the knife to make a point on the other end of the arrow.

Fuck yes.

Now I'm gonna try to shoot that box across my basement.

Okay here we go


Oh my god...

This shit is lethal.

Fletching is awful. I tried two different things. One was to use a packaging envelope as makeshift feathers.

The other was to weigh down the front by wrapping wire around the front of the arrow.

We'll see who wins later today. Fuck you Rios.