First thing to do is carefully cut out the center (compass)
circle out of the front grapple piece. Save this, you will use it later.
Using the pattern cut three grapple shapes from the wood. One with the large
hole (front). The second with the small hole (back). And the third with no
Pieces should look like this:
Next sand the rough edges, to get rid of the splinters. It
doesn't have to be perfectly smooth yet. Make sure the pieces line up, then
glue and clamp in the right order.
When the glue is completely dry, remove it from the clamps
and using the file and some elbow grease
:) sand the
edges smooth. After sanding, if the edges are still uneven or there's seam
lines use the wood filler and when it's dry.....sand again.
When you're finally happy with the shape. It's time to paint. There's two
versions of the grapple, depending on which outfit Lara is wearing: a
off-white color and a dark grey.
After you're finished painting, take the center (compass) circle and using
mod podge or plain white glue, glue it into the large center circle on the
front of the grapple. Use the mod podge or other sealer of your choice
to...well seal the paint
After it's dry, use goop or E6000 to glue the magnetic snap
into the small hole in the grapple back. Attach the other part of the snap
to your belt.