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Forum topic by MaxConners posted 07-20-2016 02:52 AM 266 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MaxConners

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07-20-2016 02:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: prop cosplay wood sword

Hello friends,

I just got asked to make a prop sword and scabbard for a friend’s cosplay and I am at a loss on how to approach it.

Here is the only real picture I have of the costume because it is only fan art:

I have looked at videos on how to make wooden swords but they are all a little too simple. The sword handle is a little complex and not just a straight piece of wood.

Anything from simple to complex solutions are welcome. Even just telling me what is a good type of wood for the sword is would be helpful.

Also if you need to know what the blade is going to look like this is a picture of it:

Edit: The 32” has been changed to 22”

Thank you.


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bbasiaga

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#1 posted 07-20-2016 03:15 AM

A lot of conventions and cosplay gatherings have rules about what material they will allow weapons to be made from, and still allowed in the convention. You may ask her to check and be sure she wants it made of wood.

If wood is still the answer, look for a board with straight grain lines. Draw out the shape. I’d think about the blade like a huge tenon. Cut the shoulders at the top of the handle, then use the band saw to cut the wide faces of the tenon, and then to cut the blade to width. You could also use the bandsaw to rough out the outer shape of the handle. Drill and jigsaw out the inside of the handle. Then carve away at the overall shape and detail.

Just some thoughts. I’m not used to putting that much fine detail in wood, so maybe the carvers will come along with better advice.

I’d think about hard maple or maybe ash. You can get pretty clear pieces of those.

Brian

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rance

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 03:44 AM

I’d say cutting out the handle will leave it brittle if you need it thin, and you prob. will. An easy bent lamination would hold up much much better.

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#3 posted 07-20-2016 03:45 AM



I d say cutting out the handle will leave it brittle if you need it thin, and you prob. will. An easy bent lamination would hold up much much better.

- rance

Yea I was thinking about lamination, how would I break up the handle? I have never done a lamination before.

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