Wooden swords made with my sons

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Project by RickJ posted 01-31-2012 06:49 AM 4771 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My boys (ages 6 and 9) and I have been making wooden swords. We have made a number of different designs and imporved our technique over several months. I cut sword “blanks” with a slight taper and then the boys design a guard for cutting on the bandsaw and they carve the handle and blade on the belt sander. Both of them have gotten pretty good at making a smooth handle and a sharp (but not too sharp) point and the older one can now do most of the work on his own!

The swords are mostly Hickory. The guards are Walnut, Rosewood or Purpleheart.

We had a booth at the Maker Faire where we sold some of our first swords. The boys made some real money – which has predictably increased their interest in making more.

We just made two more to donate to our school auction. My 9 year old made a video about the process of making them as part of a class project. It is online at:

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 07:00 AM

These are great swords the boys have to love em

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 05:45 PM

Great Swords boys! I can see why people want to buy them. How fun for Dad to get quality time in the shop with his sons!!!! Great video!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 06:35 PM

Wow! Defintely beats my pointed stick w/ the board nailed across when I was a kid!

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 09:12 PM

I made a sword with my 13 year old last year… but, and this is where you’ve done yourself and everyone else a huge favor… you documented it; man I wish I’d done the same… Always next time.

Thanks for sharing; great job!

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#5 posted 06-16-2012 11:29 PM

Great Job,My son and I have just started on his own swords and daggers,Thank for sharing your son Its nice to get you son involved in the craft.
God Bless

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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