Step 1: Shape the Brass
Plan out the design you want on the shaft.
Insert the rod into your drill press chuck.
Turn the speed on the drill press to high
Using an assortment of files, shape the brass to the desired contour. Basically what you're doing is using your drill press as a lathe. So use safety!
Sand a flat area at one end and drill a hole through it to attach the key chain.
Using fine grain sand paper, sand and then polish the brass.
Step 2: The Leather
Measure and notch as shown in the photos.
Wrap around chalk to shape and let dry.
Finish shaping and trimming leather.
Punch holes and affix grommets.
Step 3: Finishing and Final Thoughts
Final thoughts, I really dig the way this turned out, I made this as a gift for a family member that plays in a pool league. Please vote and share any that you build!