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So, a group of friends recently started a beat-each-other-with-padded-weapons group, of which I've decided to join. So, having access to a lot of scraps and random types of padding, I decided to make a full set of gear. Including: a shield, a great battle axe, a light battle axe, and a medium sword.

This Instructable will discuss how I made a fairly large shield. In Dungeons and Dragons terms, it is somewhere between a Large Wooden Shield and a Medium-creature Tower Shield. Heavy and large enough to offer near-complete protection, but light enough to still be able to bash with it. (I think it totaled out to being ~29 lbs).

I'm using some hardware from an old shield (read: tabletop) that was broken when it met the blunt end of a hammer.

This will need:
Power drill.
Wood (1/4" birch and particle board)
Grip and plate.
Foam (closed cell works well)
Contact cement
Staples/Staple gun
Gaff Tape
Tethers (I used old hockey skate laces)
Measuring tools

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Step 1: Making the Shield Body

Picture of Making the Shield Body
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So, the first step is to actually make the face of the shield. Not too hard.

Since the shop has a band saw, I cut out a vague shape that I've seen on a shield from somewhere in Persia...I think. Anyway, it's not quite a round-shield and it's not quite a kite-shield, but it manages to cover most of the area of both and still allow for an axe/spear/sword to be held in the off-hand without too much difficulty.

Trace out what you want on your blank piece, in this case it's a piece of 1/4" birch plywood that's roughly 3'x4'.

Cut out said line using the band saw. You could do it by hand with a reciprocating saw, or even a handsaw, but it would take forever.

For the second piece, trace the first cutout and then repeat the process of cutting out said piece.

For weight, strength and durability, I added a particle board piece between that's roughly 1' x 1.25' that way everything can be bolted together and add durability.