Hello Do It Yourself-ers! This is my first instructable, and I thought I would give documenting my machete build a shot and turn it into a How-To for the site!
Now, we all know that a nice, big axe/knife comes in handy during camping trips or in survival packs. In my case, I will be using this hefty, sharp piece of metal for camping trips. It will serve the purpose of cutting down firewood or building small shelters, and boy, will i look cool doing it!
1/8" x 3" x 3' steel or metal of choice (size, material and thickness depend on what you are looking for out of your machete)
Steel rod or dowels (to hold the handle to the steel)
jigsaw or cutting tool of choice
Grinding wheel and sharpening stone
Vice and clamps
Belt sander or disk sander
Rasp or file
Sharpening tool of some sort
Step 1: Make your design and START HACKING!
To start off, you may want to have a design or shape for your blade in mind. For this blade I chose to keep it simple and have a larger section for weight towards the tip of the blade, and had it taper off into the handle. NOTE: the blade will be built right into the handle so don't cut it short! I cut about a 1/2" shy of the bottom of the steel for the bout at the tip, and tapered it down to 1 1/4" where the blade meets the handle, then continued on at 1 1/4" for five inches or so for the handle.
Make the outline of your blade shape on the steel, and start cuttin'! You want to make sure the steel is secured properly or it will just jump around on you and cutting will be a pain. And please wear safety glasses!