After seeing some amazing examples of swords produced by fellow Lumberjocks, I decided to try my hand at making one. Mostly I just wanted an excuse to play around with the hand planes and use up some scrap wood…. First I took a length of 1×3 maple and cut it to give me a 32” blade and a 10” handle/hilt. I’m looking to make this a bastard sword (hand and a half) that’s based more in history than fantasy, so no swooping dragon pommels or fancy looking bla...
I recently tried my hand at making a Medieval style wooden sword. This is not something that I have ever attempted before, but I read a few articles that made me think “I could do that!” I decided to give it a go. Since this was my first sword, my intent was to make it for decorative purposes and not for actual fighting. I did some research on what the best strategy would be, and came up with a game plan. One of the number one things that I learned during my research is when you are creat...
Last time I didn’t have all four bottom surfaces sitting flat. Turns out this was due to the center piece being fitted with a slight twist because one mortise had been carved out with a slight twist. So, by the time the mortise was straightened out somewhat with a chisel, the tenons didn’t quite fit as snug as they should. So on both tenons of the center piece, I glued some thin mahogany strips to shim up the tenons to tighten the fit. These will likely end up being pared or f...
In case you missed it, here is Part 1 in this series. First thing I did was employ my new-to-me drill press to establish an inner curve for the vaulted feet. Placing the center brad of a Forstner bit ensures that an even radius is cut into both sides, which were held together with blue tape. Not an ideal clamping solution, but it’s adequate for this. Always use a backer board to avoid blowout! I had a bit of tearout around the mortise here, but the rack will obscure the flaw af...
A katanakake is an elegant way to display Japanese swords. Like much of the aesthetic that descends from feudal-era Japan, it can be purely functional or highly decorative, but form always follows function. The Edo period of Japan saw the creation of countless beautiful artworks in every possible medium, be it woodworking, architecture, sword making, painting, etc. So how did I stumble upon this specialized niche, anyway? A few years ago I started practicing Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido...
I should write a book: 101 uses for discarded wood flooring. I have a pile of the stuff and may need to see a specialist to stop hoarding it. This might be entry #1 in such a book. The Taiji practice sword. My mother-in-law is an exercise fanatic and, being Chinese, has become proficient in Taiji sword exercise routines. When she visits us, she can’t bring her sword so I made this for her. This is a great way to get familiar with the spokeshave.
It looks like more grandpa woodwork coming this weekend. When I made these swords: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/23703 , the bridal joint at the top of one was a bit loose. I thought it was good enough the glue would hold it. Without a good solid joint, it broke at the hilt. Lesson learned by novice WW ;-)
So, I just posted my entry about working on my daughter’s dollhouse. Well, about halfway through that, I was interrupted when my wife commissioned me to actually make something out of wood with a purpose. The conversation went something like this: Her: I need to stop at home depot and get some pvc pipe to make a thing for our son to store his swords. Me: ... um… Or, I could make a sword rack out of wood. Her: You’re still not giving up on this woodworking tangen...
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