Sword Case

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Project by madburg posted 03-20-2017 03:16 AM 1123 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me to make him a sword case to house his great, great, great grandfathers dress sword. What I thought would be a simple job caused me a few headaches. The cause was a lack of veneer long enough for the outside of the sides. I had plenty of black walnut veneer but none of it would do the job. So I decide to put the grain horizontal. This meant I had to do around 5 joints to get pieces long enough for the sides.

The next issue was gluing the veneer down. I don’t have a vacuum bag but fortunately a long flat bench top which I used to press the veneer down onto, with all my clamps! I used yellow glue, but suppose I could have used hide glue and veneer hammered it down. Fortunately the back veneer was long enough but it still needed a long joint to get the book matched back panel that I wanted.

The last issue was planning the sides to width – with all that veneer end grain I had to go carefully to prevent it splintering out. Bits that did I patched up with super glue – isn’t it wonderful!!!

The door had a light wood string around the inside to match the maple back board. It was over a meter long and quite flexible, so I decided it would be prudent to use acrylic instead of glass.

Interestingly the static caused by the acrylic tended to ‘suck’ the tassels on the sword to it!!! Suppose I need an antistatic cloth to polish it with!

Thanks for looking.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 03:28 AM

Nice case! I like the Maple in the back, but why didn’t you just use Walnut lumber for the sides instead of all the veneer work.

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 03:58 AM

I like it. Nice work and good solution to the veneer problem. I’ll bet your friend is happy.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 06:20 AM

Very Nice…As Always. If he’s not happy with it, I know who would be. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 02:26 PM

you did a great job

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