One (critical) part of building the bases for the USFA Western Washington Division will be attaching the trophy cups to the bases. With off-the-shelf trophies the cup usually has a threaded bottom for a bolt. These trophies are the real deal though, and don’t come ready-to-bolt.
Here’s a picture of the trophy cup, pretty cool huh?
So I need to figure out how to attach this to the solid walnut base. Take a look at what I’m dealing with, and notice the lip as the metal rolls under the bottom.
So here are some of the ideas I’ve though of:
- Take the cups to a silver smith and have a piece soldered in. I’d be too worried to try this myself because I wouldn’t want to discolor the outside.
- Drill holes through the sides, so that I could secure a solid block in the bottom. Not the best looking effect.
- Epoxy a block or threaded shaft in place. Worried about this someday coming loose.
Here’s the leading idea, building a bridge across the inside of the bottom of the cup:
- Cut a circle that fits in the cup tightly, I won’t be able to get it past the lip and into the bottom but that’s OK
- Cut the center section out of the circle, and keep it as the bridge for the next step
- Shorten the bridge if necessary so that it will fit in the cup
- Put the bridge in the cup
- Put the other two pieces in the cup, and push them out to the sides
- Secure the bridge to the pieces with glue and screws
- Put a threaded insert in the center of the bridge
- Attach the cup to the base!
If you have an idea, please leave a comment. Thanks!