Making a wooden sword

Dan asked for more photos on how to make a wooden sword. I have actually made a few of these now. So, let’s begin.

I cut out the parts in wood but it is actually put together like a real sword would be.

sword parts

sword parts

You have the blade, the guard, the handle, and then the pommel. I found a piece of wood, drew the pattern out with pencil. Cut the parts out with various wood working tools. I have a wood shop so I have lots of tools. You will have to use what you have. All of this could be made with just hand tools if that is all you have. I used a bandsaw, a jigsaw, a scroll saw, a router, a drill press, a random orbital sander, hand files and rasps.

handle parts

handle parts

You could make any shape sword that you wish. You could also leave it in one piece if you wanted.

guard

guard

This is how the guard attaches. A hole allows the blade part to slide through.

handle

handle

This is the handle. It is actually two halves. Each half has a groove cut into it, then the two halves are glued together.

pommel

pommel

So there you can see all the individual parts.

put together

put together

It all just glues together.

handle assembly

handle assembly

This is probably not a beginner level woodworking project, but it is not difficult. Just slowly address each piece as you go along. If you ever want to make one of these, let me know and I can help walk you through the actual woodworking parts of it. You could probably make this with a hand saw, and some sandpaper.

finished sword

finished sword

A sword like this probably takes me two days or so to make. So, at this point you could stain it, or paint it. My next blog post I will show you how to paint this exact sword to make it look old and rusty.

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