Wooden Toy Sword - Gondorian Ranger Sword

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Project by lordbyron posted 08-29-2011 05:20 AM 9223 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my homage to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I loved all the swords and armor from the movie. Each one had a sense of realism and history to its character. For all you Lord of the Rings fan geeks, this sword was carried by the Numerorian in the prologue to the Fellowship of the Ring. It is also featured in The Return of the King as the Standard sword carried by all Gondorian Soldiers.

I make the blade, hand guard, and pommel out of poplar and the handle out of red oak. I try to make the swords very realistic and durable as well. I’ve given many of my swords to 8 & 9 year old boys and was surprised that they have held up very well!!!! I paint the blade to look very “battle worn” and put some light coats of oil on the handle.

I am quite proud of the handle as it is rounded on the bottom (pommel side) and gradually tappers to a square at the top (hand guard side). To do this I cut out the handle about 1/8”wider at the top, on each side, than what I wanted. Then I rounded over the entire handle on all four sides. To get the top square, I just sanded the top half of the handles sides until it was square and the bottom was still round. It turned out perfrectly!!!

-- Homer Simpson: "Hi Bart, how was school today?" Bart: "Os-Os.....Thats backwars for so-so" Homer: "Wowwww"

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 05:28 AM

That is extremely realistic, I love it.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 08-29-2011 05:41 AM

Way to go Byron. You are getting the hang of it. This is one of my favoites, although I like them all.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 08-29-2011 05:53 AM

I am the offspring of the Wooden Wizard. Had to pick a lordly and regal nickname.

-- Homer Simpson: "Hi Bart, how was school today?" Bart: "Os-Os.....Thats backwars for so-so" Homer: "Wowwww"

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 05:58 AM

This is great, I was thinking of doing one for my sons birthday or Christmas. Can you talk about your process?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 08-29-2011 11:32 AM

Really like it! Great work!


-- Paul,

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#6 posted 08-29-2011 04:51 PM

This is so well done I think I would call it a wooden waster(wooden practice sword) rather then a toy sword. NICE WORK!!

-- Hrolfr

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#7 posted 08-29-2011 05:10 PM

Outstanding piece- well done !

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#8 posted 08-29-2011 06:53 PM

great work!

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#9 posted 08-29-2011 07:11 PM

What a great piece! Your are a wonderful father to let the boys use it. My dad Gave me a hammer one nail and two pieces of wood for my sword. Will you be making Gandor’s staff?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#10 posted 08-29-2011 07:42 PM

Nice work!! I wouldn’t dare put that much effort into the ones I made for my grandsons. They are a bit rough on toys like that ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 09-05-2011 09:00 PM

Great job I love it, can’t wait to see more from your collection. I’ve done a couple and hope to do more..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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