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Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« on: Apr 05, 2015, 07:59 PM »
So at a recent armor party I described my process for a super basic set of forearm armor (I know we call it a gauntlet but if you don't have armor on the back of the hand attached... it's really a vambrace... please allow me the point of pedantry :) ).

Well several of the lads were having a hard time imagining what I was going on about .... so I figured I'd toss a set together today. Also Jaelie my wife was wanting a new set so that she could mount some greebs and whatnot so it worked out.

So the basic idea is this... you have some PVC pipe that your arm fits inside. You wonder if that could be turned into armor... or at least enough to make into forearm armor. The answer is likely ... yes.

My wife used 3" pipe, I would likely use closer to a 4" pipe. The principles of this tutorial apply to ANY cylinder, it doesn't just have to be PVC pipe (old 44 ounce cups, toilet brush tubes, any plastic tubes, whatever). :)

So we start with a scrap piece of 3" PVC pipe!
2015-04-05 09.43.52 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Jaelie wanted them right at 6" inches tall... so I added 1/2" (you'll see why in a bit) and cut them down.
2015-04-05 14.23.52 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Then I cut them in half lengthwise
2015-04-05 14.24.10 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Then I put little symbols on them so that I don't forget which half goes with which half. Trust me, this came in handy so many times.
2015-04-05 14.26.58 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

So this bit is something of trial and error. Basically you're leaving the top the same diameter but the wrist area you're going to cut down. For this build I went with 3/8" inch on each side (so 3/4" total reduction in size. I could have done 5/8" easy.)

It's a triangular wedge shape.

It's zero at the top of the vambrace (your forearm) and in this case 3/8" at the wrist (remember I could have done 5/8" no problem). I prefer to do all the cutting on the "bottom" of the vambrace so that the top (back of the wrist) is as straight as possible for greeb mounting). But that's your call to make.

(If your eyes got crossed with all the fractions up there here's the summary: You're drawing a triangle. The point of the triangle is at the top. How wide you want the triangle to be depends on how much you need to reduce the size of the circle.)

2015-04-05 14.47.11 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

So I cut and sanded the wedge out on both sides (you will likely want to cut the wedge on BOTH sides rather than just one so plan accordingly)
2015-04-05 14.51.25 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Remember I made it 1/2" longer than I needed? At the back of the bottom piece, the one you cut the wedges off of it - I now trim off the 1/2" extra. This squares up the back.
2015-04-05 15.20.20 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Then I took a Dremel to the inside and just removed some of the burrs and sharp edges. Just kinda rounding off the PVC.
2015-04-05 15.18.35 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Note the overhang on top. If you don't like it, just trim the 1/2" off the top as well, but wait until after the hinge is mounted. Note I put my circle back (I had cut half of it away when I cut out the wedge)
2015-04-05 15.26.46 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Quarter inch Chicago Screws from Tandy Leather...
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some Piano hinge...
2015-04-05 15.27.19 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Use the shorter piece (the underside) and see how much you need... you'll be cutting it at the "seam" closest to the length you need but not overshooting.
2015-04-05 15.28.44 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Then the cutting (I used tin snips for the thin metal and a dreme cut off wheel for the hinge rod)
2015-04-05 15.30.04 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Grind down the jagged stuff
2015-04-05 15.30.58 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Figure out which one is left and right and where you want the hinge to be... and MARK IT. I was very glad I did this. The arrows point to the wrist opening so I know which is "up" and which is "down." 
2015-04-05 15.36.15 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Mark it and mount it.
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All one side.
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I prefer to place the middle one, and then stick the screw into it, then use the hinge to drill the other holes. It's up to you.
2015-04-05 15.46.22 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

So this build was too big by about half an inch at the wrist (my triangle cut-outs were not wide enough at the base). So I created an insert. Take a scrap of the same PVC and trace the inside diameter to some Sintra (I used 6mm).
2015-04-05 16.11.29 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Since I knew I was 1/2" too big, I moved the scrap 1/2" and trace the OUTSIDE diameter.
2015-04-05 16.12.48 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

So now I have 2 "crescent moon" inserts.
2015-04-05 16.12.52 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

I then cut them out, sanded them, and glued them in place with basic PVC cement ... yup, the stinky stuff for gluing PVC pipes from the hardware store. (PVC pipe and Sintra are all PVC after all)
2015-04-05 16.18.46 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Clamped it and went to go get lunch
2015-04-05 16.32.41 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Came back and measured out for some closures. Note the hole centered.
2015-04-05 17.04.43 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Cut them out and used some needle nose pliers to put in a hook in the central pin.
2015-04-05 17.14.22 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Rectangle looks kinda.. meh. So i am turning it into a Mando diamond shape.
2015-04-05 17.19.13 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Cut them and grind them smooth (clean up jagged edges)
2015-04-05 17.31.16 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Then mount it.
2015-04-05 17.34.12 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Done with basic build. Ready for Greebs.
2015-04-05 18.19.15 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

Here's Jaelie modelling her new vambraces. Gonna turn that insert into a dart launcher I think.
2015-04-05 18.49.12 by matt_ragan, on Flickr

I know a lot of folks with their first builds freak out about the vambraces/gauntlets. I hope this tutorial is helpful. It should get you a fairly strong and inexpensive first gaunt... you can modify to your heart's content afterwards.

This set only took a few hours to build, start to finish.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #1 on: Apr 05, 2015, 08:28 PM »
This is freaking awesome. Thanks Kuu!

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #2 on: Apr 05, 2015, 09:28 PM »
Outstanding tutorial. Of course it came out after I started my steel gaunts.... Just my luck though. Thank you for posting this, I will have to reference this in the future.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #3 on: Apr 08, 2015, 12:26 AM »
Fantastic tut!
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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #4 on: Apr 15, 2015, 05:59 AM »
Going to give this a try at the weekend. Been wondering how best to do it with pvc pipe. I got loads of offcuts at work.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #5 on: Apr 15, 2015, 08:45 AM »
You rock these tutorials dude. Good stuff yet again.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #6 on: Apr 15, 2015, 08:58 AM »
I'm going to give this a go as well, I actually went with a 5" pvc pipe, I think I might need to use that for something else. like a Besk'ad.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #7 on: Apr 15, 2015, 09:49 AM »
Thanks y'all. Glad it's useful to somebody. I tweaked the text slightly representing a couple questions I had.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #8 on: Apr 19, 2015, 04:28 PM »
I want to add my thanks to you Kuu!   :D   Easy to follow and they make good strong bases for the gauntlets. 



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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #9 on: Apr 20, 2015, 10:17 AM »
Outstanding! Glad the tutorial was useful. Yes I've found these PVC ones with the piano hinge to be absurdly strong.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2015, 10:02 AM »
You are a lifesaver. My old gauntlets are falling apart, so I'll give this a try very soon! Thanks for posting!

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #11 on: Jun 07, 2015, 09:59 PM »
Thanks, vod! This is so helpful. I was wondering what to do for gauntlets.

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #12 on: Jun 07, 2015, 10:12 PM »
I'm probably gonna give this a try.  I have a plumber in the family, so pipes will be eay to come by.  This tutorial looks great!

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #13 on: Aug 29, 2015, 01:23 AM »
I am happy I saw this. Was kind of wondering how I would be making  my gauntlets for my kit. Thanks for the info vod

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Re: Basic PVC Pipe Vambrace Tutorial
« Reply #14 on: Aug 30, 2015, 01:05 PM »
I just got a hold of some 4" courtesy of B's shop so I'll be working this soon as well.

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