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Project by ShesGotWood posted 10-28-2020 03:01 AM 587 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, my boys have been using their shop time to work on wooden swords to play with. This has been their biggest and most time consuming project so far. To start, Dad cut two strips of 3/4 plywood I had left over from my sawhorse build. Then we cut printer paper to the same width as the swords, folded it in half vertically and designed one side our handle shape, and the shapes at the base of the blades. We cut out our designs and unfolded the paper, giving us a symmetrical stencil to trace onto the wood. I helped out by using the jig saw to cut the handles then the boys sanded down their swords and created the edges of the “blade” before using the wood burner to make the lines and shapes down the center of each side. They picked out some more scrap to smooth out and make finger guards from, sho shugi’ed them and stained them with the colors of their choosing. My youngest also used green to color wash the wood burned portion because “c’mon mom, if it isn’t a full blown poison sword then what good is it, anyway?”. I second that notion, young sir. So now we’re closing in on the end of this project, we threw on some stain, glued the guards to the hilts and coated the each sword in polyurethane. For the final step, I wrapped the handles with 550 so there was no chance of splinters. They’re pretty proud!
Now if anyone has any tips to spruce up my tired, 100 year old wood floor then let me know in the comments, please! I know you lumber jocks noticed it in the pictures! :)

Sorry for the sideways picture, the uploader kept doing it for whatever reason.

-- [insert inspirational quote here]

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James Frederick

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#1 posted 10-28-2020 04:54 PM

Those look great, and when you get kids involved it makes it an event. Well done.

Don’t have any input for the floors, but I am sure one of the LJs do.

-- Change begins somewhere, let it begin with me.

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#2 posted 10-28-2020 05:55 PM

You, are a wonderful mother. Just looking at the picture of those young NINJAS made me proud for you. My son is now 34 and lives more than 1500 miles away, but I have many fond memories of him building Batlevs and many other Klingon weapons in our shop. He was prolific in arming himself against his imaginary foes. Darn! Now I have tears in my eyes from thinking how I miss his asking for advice and assistance. Yeah, he was a pain in the posterior at times when I was trying to work on my own projects. But I tried to never miss a teaching moment. It was worth every effort. THANK YOU for bringing back those memories, and building fond memories for you and your sons. In the years to come you will look back to today and grieve the fact that you cannot relive those moments.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#3 posted 10-29-2020 02:21 AM

Those are some great looking swords. Nice work. I like that they are customized and unique yet the same length so there are no unfair fights .

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 10-29-2020 02:27 AM

Thanks, fellas. Mudflap, I know you’re 100% correct on that! I already feel that way about the baby days, for sure!

-- [insert inspirational quote here]

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