I'm going to build a ridiculously ornate walnut and brass case for my
trumpet. I'm looking for handles. I've found a few here and there, but
they're all pretty crappy looking.
Sooooooooo... Why don't I just make one? I could use some ideas how to
engineer it so that it will hold up well. I'll make it out of walnut and
brass, I expect. I can't do any complicated brass fabrication, so I guess
I'll have to make the bulk of it out of wood, maybe with brass pins.
I can get brass rod locally, but not brass tubing. My first inclination
would be to run the rods in tight fitting bushings press fitted into
suitable holes in the wood. I would have to go to some trouble to procure
the materials for this. is it worth it? Would brass pins running straight
in walnut probably hold up well enough? (It's not going to see hard use,
just getting carried around the house, and in an out of my truck once every
other week or so.)
What about grain orientation issues? If I scroll saw a handle shape out of
a board, it seems it will have weak grain. I should probably either
laminate something and make up some hand made walnut ply, or else bend it.
I've never bent anything more complicated than a popsicle stick, and I
didn't have a lot of success with that. I'd probably be better off to
avoid bending if I can.
I guess another plan is to make it out of any ol' plywood I have laying
around (which is plenty) and cover it with something pretty. Leather
maybe. That could be interesting, but I don't have any idea where to come
into some suitable leather, or now to sew or wrap or otherwise attach it.
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