Last year’s drill was huge and heavy. Wearing it actually did mess something up in my elbow and it hasn’t fully recovered. So if I was going to do this again this year, I had to keep it light and build in better supports.
Keeping it light means using some materials that may not stand up to the drill motion. That means it might not spin. If it does, yeah! If it doesn’t, yeah! As long as it doesn’t cause me pain, I’m going to be happy.
Like last year, the main structure is PVC pipe. Unlike last year, it is lighter amounts of PVC and has some flexible supports.
Everything is held in place with pop rivets. The two cuffs actually help to distribute the weight to my whole arm and shoulder. The blue pipe is actually a flexible PVC wire conduit. It’s been used in a lot of builds this year. Now on to the mechanics. Time for another drill to die.
Now for the *%$&#(#$$! cone.
Lots of sanding, Bondo, sculpting putty, primer, and paint later and it’s done.
So, the big question, does it spin? Sadly, no it does not. Something broke lose on the drill shaft inside the cone and it does not spin. Honestly, that doesn’t bother me at all. I just wish I could get the drill motor out so I could lighten it up even more. Plus with thing being made of fiberglass, if it did spin, it could actually hurt someone. It still has enough oomph behind it to make a good melee weapon or a good “Either get on the escalator or get out of the way!” convention prod.