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Step 5: Angle the Blade

Use the chisel to angle the end of the blade to 45 degrees. Sand the rough edges until the wood is smooth.

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Agreed, more pictures would be nice. Also...why did you glue two pieces of wood together? I know wood glue is strong, but I would think that having a glue core would weaken the blade considering the striking direction... Yeah...Not so sure about this one. I'd think it would be much easier to use a 1" thick piece of wood that has been planed, draw the shape of the blade, cut with a jigsaw, router all the edges needed, sand to a smooth finish, then stain or oil the entirety of the bokken for the perfect finish. NEVER use a laquer or paint unless your bokken is for show. The oil strengthens the wood and allows it to breath. Using a paint or other such finish will cause the bokken to be less than durable for 2+ person kata.
<p>it seems most bokken made to represent katanas are made with two pieces of wood. i assume it's just tradition.</p>
This is a very good I'ble! 5 stars! P.S: Although the method you used in describing this is cool and all, but try not to use boards for your bokken. That thing is so fragile and sucks more than pine ( well, the bad ones ). Bokkens are meant to be used for full combat practice or Kendo, so use hardwood instead of boards. But, nice job!
k thanks! i'll change that.
Tight-grained pine will also work, but since most pines are not tight-grained, this can be hard to fine. Although Oak, Maple, Balsa, Hickory and all other hardwood works better, I just made a European Knight sword Bokken using tight-grained pine, and it works pretty well, and it also lasted a good couple of hard whacks. It will be dented a bit, but most of my pine swords recover from their dents when exposed to sandpaper ( I wonder why ).
did you say... BALSA? as in lightweight, flexible BALSA used in making model airplanes BALSA??
Umm... sorry, that was a mistake on my part. Don't use balsa.<br />
<p>The irony is Balsa is a hard wood...</p>
You're welcome. Here's a tip: Hickory works best for bokkens.
<p>nice </p>
cool bokken, how did you make the scabbard in the last pic
nice, but I don't understand why you use two bits of wood, it would be stronger if it was just one piece wouldn't it?
wouldnt planing make it easier to break than if you had curved the wood? with a curved one the grain of the wood flows from end to end. with this method it's just cut, i could see half of it snapping off after striking something. unless of course you just intended this as an aesthetic piece, in which case, nevermind, lol.<br />
nice instructable man.<br /> real sexy<br />
could u plz add how to make the wrap that is around the handle anda sheath?also very nice instructable!
how do you curve the wood?
it isn't <em>curved</em>, it's <em>carved</em>.<br/>
thanks for the info, i was thinking it was carved to
that's what the planing does.
cool
As a iaido and kendo practitioner I think that probably the use of this bokken could be dangerous. The clash of two bokkens one made of one piece of solid red oak against one made of two plies could result in injuries if this last one brokes in pieces.
it is called a katana.
"Bokken" is a combination of 2 japanese words. Bo, meaning wodden staff, and ken meaning sword. therefor bokken means wodden sword, as it can be used as a jo (short staff) or a katana.
No,This is a bokken a katana would one of metal for REAL combat. a bokken is for practice.
needs more pictures
I wanna make a ....simple one (if that is even possible.) but can you make a Bokken out of ,um, 2x4? I wanna make it just to play around w/.
Nicely done! 5/5 stars from me!
I believe white oak is the preferred stock as it can take the shock of impact with other bokken longer without splintering. Great instructable. Nice to know somebody else is out there is training with bokken. Iaido? Aikido? A very inventive friend of mine wanted to install some sort of accelerometer on his bokken to ensure that his shomen cuts were accelerating behind the head, instead of 'hacking' at the finish of the cut. If he does it, I'll document it and put it up here.
domo arigato gozaimas!
this has already been <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Japanese-Bokken/">done.</a><br/><br/>No offense meant, but they put a bit more work into theirs.<br/>
That's alright. Doing the same project a different way is encouraged here.
Awesome!

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