I started this project with a few ideas of what I wanted and no idea how I was going to do it. In fact I didn't figure out most steps until it was time to do them. I also decided to make it primarily out of cardboard for two reasons:
First, I just happened to have a lot of cardboard laying around, making the project cheap,
Second, I am submitting this project for the gorilla glue cardboard contest.
Step 1: Materials and Tools:
Large flat pieces of cardboard
One cardboard ring
One old used bearing
Spray paint and wood stain
Hot glue gun
Step 2: "Dowels" and Rings:
Then I cut then the large ring into 4 thinner rings. I had to use a jigsaw so they didn't come out perfect, but no one should notice on Halloween night. I only needed 2 of the rings, but its always nice having extra in case you make a mistake.
Step 3: Smaller and Smaller:
Step 4: Drilling and Jigsawing:
Step 5: Checking and Covering:
I now needed a piece to cover the rings because it was looking kind of bare so I cut out a flat ring to do just that. I glued the cover onto the 2 rings. I cut the cover a little over-sized & trimmed in down after it was glued on. Also I glued each ring on separately to make sure they both got in the right place. I trimmed the cover down close to the edge of the ring & sanded it down flat.
Step 6: Stain and Paint:
I started with a stain to darken the cardboard up followed by some matte black spray paint to add a little effect. I think it looks OK, but it should look better once the lettering is on it.
Step 7: Handles and Tape:
I then put as much of the wheel as I have done together to check the progress & I think its coming along nicely.
Step 8: Finishing the Handles:
i tried normal brown spray paint, but it was glossy and looked really cheesy, I also tried the stain which didn't look terrible but it really showed the edges of the masking tape. In the end I put a thin layer of paper mache over the masking tape and used acrylic craft paint. I used the color nutmeg, because of the three browns in the bucket of paints it was the least glossy and most wood like. I also gave them a light spray of matte black to give some texture to the color.
I know what they look like...the joke has already been made to me...many times....
Step 9: Bearing and Glue:
Step 10: Rope and Patience:
Step 11: Lettering and:
I was watching cartoons with the 5 year old & he really likes Popeye right now on account of my mom sending over like 10 DVD's of really old Popeye cartoons. In one cartoon Popeye fights a sea witch that he refers to as the wicked sea hag. I found this very amusing and decided to go with that as the name of my "ship"
I cut out all the letters from the same flat cardboard I had sitting around using a band saw. I hot glued in the edges so they held stain, Stained them and glued them on.
Step 12: Finishing Touches and Yo Ho Ho:
Now I've got to figure out how exactly I'm going to attach it to my body. right now I've got just a piece of thick wire bent into a kind of pseudo harness that I don't think is going to be my final say on the matter. That may be another Instructable. I'm also thinking of running up a small Jolly Roger flag up and out of the backside of my shirt. We'll see what happens.