i was almost late for work trying to submit the other two pics, so i couldn't get this one submitted in time. these are just a close of of the lower and upper portions.
you can see in the lower portion that the handle has the diagonal grid on it which i did with a high speed cutter attachment on the dremel before i joined the two sections together. above the handle are two grooves which many people mistakenly use raised bands for. some of those people use it as their artistic freedom, but i prefer keeing it exactly like in the game. the two "holes in the bottom corners of the handle are only recesses, not complete holes. there is one band on each end of the top of the hand guard and only one on the outside of the bottom of the guard.
in the upper portion you can see that the crown is tapered from slightly thinner than the pole to about 1 inch thick. i'm not completely happy with the inside of the crown because i should've sanded refined the cuts before gluing the layers together, but it's good for now. the pole is 2 inches in diamter and the top of the pole is only slightly rounded on the edges as in the game.
for this keyblade i used a skilsaw to cut out the shapes after sketching. then i used my lathe to round the pole with the crown on it (the lathe kept shaking from the extra centrifugal force on the crown side, and it took a few tries to get it from chipping). then i used some new glue i heard about which works amazingly well, a whole lot better than liquid nail, called Titebond. i used a belt sander to taper the crown, and a dremel to put the grooves and recesses, and the holes in the handle for the hole in and around the handle. finish sanding with sanding blocks and a palm sander. painted with metallic gold and silver, brown, and red. the keychain pendant was carved from red oak as well, and i bought some welded steel rings, chain, and a snap hook and cold welded the cut joints with J.B. Weld. i drill an eyehook into the bottom of the key and used wood putty around the pole.