Captain America Shield Wall Art – DIY’ers Assemble!

I have been very candid about the fact that I am a nerd. Well, on a recent trip through Lowes, I found a $15, 24″ table round…it looks something like this:

It’s less blurry in person…

So I thought I would inject it with some Super Solider Serum (aka Minwax Stain) and turn it into a Captain America Shield! I was already preparing for a wooden American Flag project, so I conveniently needed the water based wood stain for another project anyway.

I made circle templates from foam in order to be able to add some detail around each of the bands of the shield. I made these foam circles after knowing I would be using a Dremel with a guard to cut the grooves. My diameters for my foam circles were then 16 3/4″, 11 3/4″, and 6 3/4″. That accounts for my 1 1/8″ guard on my Dremel tool, and leaves a 2 1/2″ band for each of the stained areas.

I explain how I created the grooves on my YouTube channel (see below)…to me this was a “Thanos” level bad guy, because I had to strategize for 5 years to figure out how to beat it (ok, maybe it was more like 5 days…for real…)

Anyways, after cutting the circles into the shield, I cut the star into the shield (the star template can be found here). Then, I moved on to staining. I used Minwax prestain, and then followed that up with Minwax water based Crimson, Gray, and Denim Blue stain (the new kind that has a high solid concentration for vibrant colors).

Then, I used Shou Sugi Ban! The Japanese art of burning wood to bring out the grain. I did not totally burn the wood like the traditional method, but I singe it to enhance the color and give it some “battle damage”.

To finish it off, I used some spray Helmsman polyurethane (clear semi-gloss) to give it a “fresh” appearance. I used three coats of the polyurethane, and I used the spray version to avoid burring my stain colors together.

I’ve always wanted to have a Captain America shield, and now I do! It will hang on my wall, forever…on my left…last Captain America joke right there…

Published by Ethan P.

Ethan is a 30-something that wants to retire early to spend more time with family (like most people). Ethan enjoys talking in the third person, long walks on the beach, pizza, and nerdy things like Star Wars, superheroes, and saving money....but not Clue...Ethan does not enjoy Clue.

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