|Project by JJohnston||posted 140 days ago||632 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
This project was inspired by BTimmons’ swords:
This is going to my 8 year old niece for Christmas. The blade is a strip of white oak ripped from the edge of a thick face-to-face glueup. There’s a heartwood/sapwood line down the center that sort of gives the illusion of some blade tapering (there is none. It’s just a 1/4” thick slab). I started by cutting a tang with a ripsaw and rounding a point on the bandsaw.
The handguard is hickory for maximum strength. I chopped a little mortise, then used a can to lay out the curves and a bandsaw and spindle sander to cut them. I freehanded the curves on the ends on a disc sander.
For the hilt, I used a plow plane to cut a groove in a piece of poplar half as deep as the thickness of the tang, crosscut it, doubled it back on itself and glued it together. I cut the curves on a bandsaw and disc sander, and freehanded the chamfers along the corners with the disc sander to get an octagonal cross section.
For the pommel, I first chopped a tapered mortise in another piece of hickory.
Then cut it into a circle with a flat spot where it goes up against the hilt, and put a shallow chamfer on both faces with the disc sander.
Cut down the middle of the tang, and wedged the pommel on with a little hickory wedge. A little black spray paint on the hilt (before final assembly) and this one’s in the bag. Overall length is 28”. It may not last long in the hands of an 8 year old (and it may get confiscated depending on what happens), but I won’t complain if it ends up back at my house.
-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken