Austin's sword

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Project by Rob W Jr posted 1389 days ago 1220 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this sword for my best friend, Austin. It took me way longer than it should have, but I eventually finished it. As Austin put it, my skill in woodworking is often surpassed by my skill in procrastinating.

The blade is made from pieces of cherry on the sides and a piece of ash in the middle. The ash continues back to form a tang in the handle (which is also cherry). I went a bit crazy with the cherry, considering that in the original design, it was all to be made of ash. The flame finial that forms the pommel of the sword took the longest to finish. I wasn’t completely sure how to design and create something like that, because I haven’t really been carving that long. Admittedly, I got a little bit of help from my dad on that part. I’m happy with how it turned out, though.

Once the actual woodworking part was over and the sword was glued up, I finished it rather quickly. I burned the Hebrew word for “brother” into the blade, and then finished it all with four coats of satin polyurethane. I presented the sword to Austin the day after I finished it, which was the same day that we had gone to the Renaissance Festival. Yes, I did that on purpose.

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#1 posted 1389 days ago

You make me proud my boy 8o)

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#2 posted 1389 days ago

Good Job. nice finish! did he take the sword with him to the fair?? my wife and I went to the one here in Oregon and it was a blast! lots of woodcrafters and vendors with some amazing pieces.

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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#3 posted 1389 days ago

Lovely looking weapon, Rob.

I too suffer from procrastination. When I was studying at the university, they had a seminar scheduled on procrastinating, but I wasn’t able to attend.

They kept postponing it! ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 1389 days ago

sweet sword! welcome to LJs!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 1389 days ago

JoshJock: I gave it to him after the fair

Bigtiny: Yeah, i was going to take a class on procrastination too, but I never got around to signing up lol

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#6 posted 1389 days ago

Nice sword. It looks to be patterned after a longsword. What’s the blade length and handle length?

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#7 posted 1389 days ago

Now, I’m not sure if this is how it turned out, but in the design the blade length was 2.5 feet and the handle was 9 inches. And yes, it was patterned after a longsword. Good call.

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#8 posted 1389 days ago

Great Job. Now get some steel, brass and wood and do it again. If you can do it with wood you can do it with steel. Give it a try. Again GREAT JOB

-- David, Inverness, Fla.

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#9 posted 1388 days ago


-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#10 posted 1387 days ago

I would love to make a real sword, but unfortunately I lack the equipment and money for it.

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