a Fantasy Football league this year and asked me to make them a trophy for the winner.
They all like to hang out at the Peacock Lounge in Sunnyvale, CA so we decided to make
the trophy in homage of their favorite bar. After some brainstorming and a few sketches I
came up with a design, and my building process is as follows....
Devcon plastic welder
& TechShop =)
Step 1: Design
at TechShop I had to make some digital files (this also helped to fully visualize the project before
starting anything physical). So I did a mock up of everything except the peacock on top, due to my
3D character modeling skills being a bit rusty. Once the files were made its Making Time!
Step 2: Prep the MDF
3/4" MDF. Therefore I had to glue two pieces together before I could begin cutting on the ShopBot.
Step 3: Cuttin' the Base and Mid Section
routed out spots for the where the beer cans would nest and a center hole to keep the rod perfectly
aligned. On the mid section I also drilled a hole all the way through to help with the alignment of the
keg and peacock. I used a table router to add the chamfered edge after ShopBotting.
Step 4: BEEEEER Cans
columns of this trophy out of beer cans. So saved up 6 cans, and with a knife and pliers cut off the tops
and bottoms of the cans. Using the base and mid section to keep everything aligned I taped everything
off that I wanted to stay clean and filled the cans with Fix-It-All to make them solid. And to give the
appearance of elegance I spray painted the beer cans gold.
Step 5: Lasers!!
bottom of the base, and "The Peacock" on to the top of the mid section.
Step 6: The KEG
turn the features for the keg. Next took that to the milling machine to mill out a section on top and make
the top handles.
Step 7: Making the Peacock
time. First I made an armature using bailing wire and aluminum foil. Then layer by layer coated the
armature with Bondo. Smoothed out most of the rough spots with a Surform and knife. Then came the
hours and hours of fun with the Dremel (highly recommend using a Flex Shaft if you have this much
work to do). Once I finished sculpting all the details I sprayed the peacock with gold spray paint, and
then hand painted the green and blue accents to the feathers.
Step 8: Inlay
and spray painted them Gloss Black. After a few coats, I then mixed up a small amount of Fix-It-All and
added a tiny bit of acrylic paint for a touch of color. Next I applied the Fix-It-All to the laser etched areas
and squeegeed off the excess and let dry. Once dry I gave the base and mid section a few coats of
Gloss Clear spray paint to finish them off and make them extra shiny.
Step 9: Assemblage of the Peacock
the time to assemble everything. Using Devcons plastic welder I coated all of the threaded rods, holes,
and adjoining, flush surfaces to be mated together. Stuck everything in their appropriate place and held
together until the plastic welder cured.
And there she is.... The Peacock... behold a trophy worthing fighting for!
only the deserved shall hoist her on high