With this post we finish up the frame and get ready to move on to carving the shield. For my back plate I went down to Lowes and bought a 4X8' sheet of 1/4" Rough Surfaced Fir plywood. This cost me about $32.00. That's a lot of money just to make a small part of this project. But, I have other plans for the remainder of that sheet of plywood. You can use just about anything to make that part of the frame so don't run down and come home with a pickup load of lumber only to find the wife waiting with a mean look on her face. The excuse that "Lynn said I needed it!" just won't work!!
In the next part we will start carving the shield which will be quite easy...I guarantee it! Hopefully, you've been searching for a shield design and have picked out a few. I'll use a generic shape for mine and then you can take it from there. There are more photos and descriptions in the Gallery album and your comments are welcome as always.