First "real" project...?

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Project by DaveLeHardt posted 05-03-2010 12:43 AM 1784 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Ok so I have made other stuff – the workbench, FrankenCart, and assorted small boxes for Tina – but amazingly enough it was my middle boy’s class project “How to make a wooden sword” that I really consider my first true woodworking project.

It’s a Bokken, and we used the instructions from to fashion both of them. The nearer, longer, sword was our first attempt. Zack wanted two colors like in the example instructions. We opted for poplar and red oak. I’m hoping the green in the poplar ages to a dark brown, as the contrast should be cool.

Now I insisted that the bevel should go on the convex side (not the concave side). Zack said no Davey, it goes on the other side…well the little smarty pants was right! So our first attempt looks more like one of those long middle eastern knife/swords than an Asian training sword.

So over a weekend (it takes about a day to make, the longest time is waiting for the glue to dry as it’s clamped to form the curvature) I built another out of some quilt maple. I think it turned out really cool.

And as hard and dense as both of them are I can see why the Asian sword trainees wear all that padding and work like madmen NOT to take a hit! :D

-- What? Me worry?!

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 02:28 AM

Wow! Thanks for the background info!! Zach never got that far, and neither did I, researching that part of the project. The primary focus was finding one that was easy to make. I would love to see either of the boys get into martial arts, as the discipline it would teach them would go a long way. However, these will be display pieces, and hopefully one day Zach will have the focus and desire to train with them. As for me, I loved making them and wouldn’t mind making more.

Again, thanks for the info. Definitely enlightening. Any day I can learn something new is a good day!

-- What? Me worry?!

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