Why purchase your kids a cheap and soon to break toy when you can make them an incredible hardwood
sword that will be durable, strong, fun to play and even look great?
This should not be considered the only means to make the best wooden sword, but it definitely makes a
nicer one than you can usually find in the market.
Almost all of the work can be done with power tools or hand. Tools Every Woodworking Beginner Should Have
The blade itself needs the use of a table saw.
As such the common disclaimers are invoked; the usage of power tools and table saws can be dangerous.
So, you need to take suitable safety precautions and if anything seems unsafe to you, just stop working on the project.
Moreover, if purchasing a sword is expensive or outside your budget, or if you need a self-made sword for practice or as a costume,
you can make your very own out of wood. For this project, a 2x4 of a suitable length will be commonly available.
However, you can simply size your sword that fits your body. You need to design your sword out of your piece of wood.
Finish your sword so that its rough edges are sanded away and the final results are polished, graceful as well as professional looking. Wooden Sword Designs
Here is everything you need to know about making your first wooden sword for your kids.
Required Tools and Materials
First of all, you need to measure and cut out 8 by 32-inch pieces from the plywood panel.
To make the cut, you can simply use a handheld cutting tool.
On the work surface, place your 8-by-32 inch plywood pieces and then draw the sketch of a sword with a pencil.
Use a flexible curve ruler to shape the curved point at one end. Draw a handle at another end. This should be about 6 to 8 inches long.
The guard should be around ½ to 1 inch wide depending on your preferences.
In this step, you need to cut alongside the outline of the sword on plywood with a handheld multipurpose tool or using a jigsaw.
Moving forward, guide the tool or jigsaw along the pencil line, moving just fast enough to enable the blade to saw through your wood.
Moving forward, you need to sand off the edges of the board with a sanding accessory or a fine-grit sander until they become totally smooth.
Round the edges of the handle slightly in this way the grip of the handle will become comfortable to grasp.
With a paint brush, apply wood finish to the sword.
Allow the paint to dry for at least four hours and then apply a second coat of paint if needed.
In this step, you need to sharpen your blade.
Follow these steps to successfully sharpen the blade:
- Put your sword in the vice and among the wood file, and start removing the edges.
- Ensure that it is held on a 45-degree angle. Ensure that you put enough effort into this
- task so that you don't end up with large chip out of wood.
- Now, turn your blade over and do the same thing to its curved part
- Keep checking the progress until you are comfortable with the edge
This step lets you through from process of making smaller swords.
You may also want to have some smaller wooden swords that you could give to your kids to play with.
So, the siblings can enjoy their time with these smaller swords.
Moreover, such swords are pretty simple to make and you don't need to read the large tutorial for making these smaller wooden swords.
Just following these simple steps to get you finalized smaller sword:
- Come up with a good sword design and mark it on the wood with a pencil or marker
- Next, you need to make the cuts on smaller lengths with the jigsaw or alternative tool
- You can repeat the same process to make its handle
Making wooden sword is not difficult at all if you follow and implement the proper steps as mentioned.
Here is a great video tutorial that can also help you understand how to make a wooden sword:
All things considered, these wooden swords are long-lasting toys for kids to play with and imagine they are knights, pirates, or any other characters of history.
These wooden swords could withstand the use and abuse brought on by the enthusiastic kid much better than the foam or plastic one will.
You can also allow your kids to take an interest in the project by involving them in its finishing procedure.
The kids could help in stain or paint the sword simply or write their name on the handle with a permanent marker.
Also, don’t forget to use the ear and eye protection while using the various tools to avoid any injury.
We hope this tutorial helped you out with your first DIY project of the wooden sword.
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