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Wooden Swords


dorky_creator
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This is a beginner project requiring only a few tools. Its what started my interest and love of wood working. The materials and wood for this project are; 1- board of your choosing, proper ppe, a coping saw or jr.hacksaw, a jigsaw (if available), a chisel, a sander (if you have access to one) and sandpaper of varying grit. My board was birch and the dimensions were 26"L x 3.5"W x 1"T/H. Trace your template or draw out your design on your chosen board. Making sure to include a center line on both sides of your piece. Then cut out your sword blank. I used a jigsaw, but a band saw, coping saw or jr. hacksaw will work, whatever you have available to you. After cutting out your sword blank, draw a centered midline around your blade. Now, using your coping saw/jr. Hacksaw, start making several, upon several small cuts from midline to midline, trust me your muscle memory will kick in. Being careful not to go past either line(this step can be skipped if you'd like to use a belt sander). When you're done, making all those little cuts, you'll take a chisel, while wearing gloves (I used 1/2" chisel) and carefully remove the little sawn pieces. Your next step will be to shape and sand your piece using the varying grits of sandpaper, and whatever sanding equipment you have available. This is where you get the opportunity of bringing the final shape and character to your sword. Also, as an optional finishing step, you can finish your piece with mineral oil (as shown in this project), polyurethane or the countless other finishes available. That's all up to you! The opportunities are endless

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  • How cool! These would make a really neat wall decoration. Your finish really enhances the luster of the wood. Nice work!
    By RYOBI Nation, on April 4, 2017

  • Thanks Ryobi Nation! These swords are functional for little hands, or as you mentioned would be awesome as an art piece. I hadn't thought of it like that. Thanks!
    By dorky_creator, on April 5, 2017

  • I NEED one of these for my next NORCAL RenFaire.
    By DarkBrite, on April 5, 2017

  • Thank you DarkBrite! I love that you're already preparing for your the next NORCAL RenFaire! For you my good sir might i recommend a longer sword in walnut.
    By dorky_creator, on April 5, 2017

  • These were made for my sons 8th birthday. These were by far his favorite present. Thank you Dorky Creator!
    By maudpod, on April 5, 2017

  • Thank you maudpod! I'm glad he loves them! You've sparked a passion I never new I was missing. And now I don't know that I can live without it.
    By dorky_creator, on April 5, 2017

  • Love these! I would make these for my 3 boys (ages 10, 8, and 5), but I have a feeling we'd be going to the emergency room....HA! Very cool project!
    By Thriftdiving, on April 6, 2017

  • Thanks thriftdriving! The kids I've sent them off to, seem to be doing ok at not injuring themselves or others lol the blade's themselves are sanded to blunt edges. I hope that our give it a go! It's a fun project, that really does open imaginations.
    By dorky_creator, on April 8, 2017

  • Great Job Kalena. I can't wait to come by and see all that you have! Your a great inspiration on getting me back on track with my projects!
    By Glitterdonewreaths, on April 8, 2017

  • Great Job Kalena. I can't wait to come by and see all that you have! Your a great inspiration on getting me back on track with my projects!
    By Glitterdonewreaths, on April 8, 2017

  • Glad I can be an inspiration to anyone! Thank you glitterdonewreaths! All are welcome to come learn, and get the passion for woodworking!
    By dorky_creator, on April 9, 2017

  • Glad I can be an inspiration to anyone! Thank you glitterdonewreaths! All are welcome to come learn, and get the passion for woodworking!
    By dorky_creator, on April 9, 2017

  • These would. E great as room decor , my son is really into swords and would live these
    By HammeredHoofDesigns, on April 26, 2017

  • They're super easy to make! And as Ryobi pointed out, you can definitely make them into a wall piece. I can see like 15 different ideas now lol thank you so much for the great feedback! Maybe I can get a set going for you ;-) you can always follow my projects on instagram!
    By dorky_creator, on April 26, 2017


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Wooden Swords

by dorky_creator
Apr 04, 2017

This is a beginner project requiring only a few tools. Its what started my interest and love of wood working. The materials and wood for this project are; 1- board of your choosing, proper ppe, a coping saw or jr.hacksaw, a jigsaw (if available), a chisel, a sander (if you have access to one) and sandpaper of varying grit. My board was birch and the dimensions were 26"L x 3.5"W x 1"T/H. Trace your template or draw out your design on your chosen board. Making sure to include a center line on both sides of your piece. Then cut out your sword blank. I used a jigsaw, but a band saw, coping saw or jr. hacksaw will work, whatever you have available to you. After cutting out your sword blank, draw a centered midline around your blade. Now, using your coping saw/jr. Hacksaw, start making several, upon several small cuts from midline to midline, trust me your muscle memory will kick in. Being careful not to go past either line(this step can be skipped if you'd like to use a belt sander). When you're done, making all those little cuts, you'll take a chisel, while wearing gloves (I used 1/2" chisel) and carefully remove the little sawn pieces. Your next step will be to shape and sand your piece using the varying grits of sandpaper, and whatever sanding equipment you have available. This is where you get the opportunity of bringing the final shape and character to your sword. Also, as an optional finishing step, you can finish your piece with mineral oil (as shown in this project), polyurethane or the countless other finishes available. That's all up to you! The opportunities are endless