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Project by JJohnston posted 11-30-2013 02:49 AM 2057 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was inspired by BTimmons’ swords:

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This is going to my 8 year old niece for Christmas. The blade is a strip of white oak ripped from the edge of a thick face-to-face glueup. There’s a heartwood/sapwood line down the center that sort of gives the illusion of some blade tapering (there is none. It’s just a 1/4” thick slab). I started by cutting a tang with a ripsaw and rounding a point on the bandsaw.

The handguard is hickory for maximum strength. I chopped a little mortise, then used a can to lay out the curves and a bandsaw and spindle sander to cut them. I freehanded the curves on the ends on a disc sander.

For the hilt, I used a plow plane to cut a groove in a piece of poplar half as deep as the thickness of the tang, crosscut it, doubled it back on itself and glued it together. I cut the curves on a bandsaw and disc sander, and freehanded the chamfers along the corners with the disc sander to get an octagonal cross section.

For the pommel, I first chopped a tapered mortise in another piece of hickory.

Then cut it into a circle with a flat spot where it goes up against the hilt, and put a shallow chamfer on both faces with the disc sander.

Cut down the middle of the tang, and wedged the pommel on with a little hickory wedge. A little black spray paint on the hilt (before final assembly) and this one’s in the bag. Overall length is 28”. It may not last long in the hands of an 8 year old (and it may get confiscated depending on what happens), but I won’t complain if it ends up back at my house.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 11-30-2013 03:45 AM

Excellent! Cleaner lines than I managed on my waster – well done.

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 07:04 AM

At first I thought, “Oh cool, someone else made a wooden sword.” Then I saw that my own work inspired this, and it just made my whole day, and it’s already been a pretty good day!

You did an awesome job, man. I’m sure your niece will love it. Best uncle ever.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 12-01-2013 01:52 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 02:23 PM

Fine looking sword! Very well crafted and looks sturdy. I’m sure she loves it. Great job!

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