Sword Rack

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Project by Lukas posted 10-28-2012 12:32 AM 2600 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend and her husband both are Aikido black belts and she asked me to make a weapons rack for his birthday.
The rack, also called katanakake, holds up to eight swords. I used curly maple, walnut and rosewood for the wedges in the through tenons. Actually the wedges are fake because making them go through the tenons would have weakened the tenons too much. I originally intended them to go through but I didn’t have a jointer at the time I jointed the board with a planer jig which worked but took off more material than intended, leaving the tenons thinner than intended. Still looks good with fake ones though.
Almost all parts were shaped with a 1/4” pvc template and a pattern cutting bit on the router table.

I forgot: the Japanese letters on the top board are his name “Roger”. They are cut out of walnut veneer with an X-Acto knife. I received a very small image of the letters embroidered and it took a while to trace them in Adobe Illustrator. I put low tack masking tape on the veneer and spray glued a print-out of the letters to it. After I was done cutting them out I put another print of the letters upside down on a light box (so I could see the word “from the back”) and glued the cut out letters with the paper side (their front) to the print. This way I could then glue them with wood glue to the maple board at the exact correct spacing and alignment and lastly remove the layers of paper and masking tape from the front.


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#1 posted 10-28-2012 02:30 AM

Really nice design and well executed. The maple and walnut are perfect complements to each other…

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#2 posted 10-28-2012 02:44 PM

A work of art!!! I’m sure they both Love it!!!!!!!

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 07:22 AM

Very Nice Work! Thanks For Posting.


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