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I have been making props for over a year and a half now and I was recently commissioned by my friend to make the Elucidator from Sword Art Online. This was a fun commission for me to do and I want to share how I made it and how you can make one yourself!

This build is relatively easy, even for beginners and only requires a couple of basic power tools which are widely accessible to most people. (chances are you already have the power tools needed in your household) This entire build was made only with hand tools, but if you have access to big tools, (like a band saw, or a drill press) take advantage of using them.

This build uses a layering process as opposed to a solid piece being carved; this means that layers are applied to build thickness. This process is a great way to build lots of different kind of props because it means that symmetry is maintained and accuracy for detail is easier to control.

This build took me about 30 hours from start to finish over the course of 2 weeks so don't expect to make a decent prop if you rush it! Take your time on this build and the pay off will be much better.

 
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how long did it take for you to make this?

looks great I want to do this cosplay next year for Dragon con.

den.chew.31 month ago

Looks amazing!

... but I'm curious, how did you make sure you'd get a nice strait drill when you drilled out the hole in the wooden dowel for the handle?

drjagCreations (author)  den.chew.31 month ago

That's a good question you've provided. Without a drill press handy (which I didn't) it's quite tricky to get it straight. I tend to have a good eye for drilling straight, plus my drill had the added benefit of having a spirit level built in, which shows when the drill is straight. The only options you have is mark the centre by drawing 2 lines across the handle and mark the area where the 2 lines cross, or have a drill handy that it set at a 90 degree angle.

Robokidd_001 month ago
I'm a huge Sao fan...good job!!
hinagiku1 month ago
I LOVE SAO :O good job :)))
NutBros1 month ago

great..................................................................................................................................

watchmeflyy1 month ago

Looks great!

seamster1 month ago

Nice sword! I looks awesome.

drjagCreations (author)  seamster1 month ago

Thanks!

RandyPerson1 month ago

If your pipe is a little too tight on the dowel, that's perfect. Use a heat gun (no, I actually didn't say a torch would work if you're really careful) and heavy gloves to gradually heat the plastic pipe until it becomes pliable, but still retains shape. Blow the hot air through the center as well as on the outside for even heating. When it's pliable, it will also have expanded just a little. After doing a test fit with a small piece to make sure it will work, slip the warm, soft, expanded pipe over the wood dowel. Have a good mark or stop in place so you can get it right the first time. As it cools, you'll get a clean, glueless joint that will never loosen.

drjagCreations (author)  RandyPerson1 month ago

Thanks for the tip! A tighter fit is definitely better than a looser fit. I did consider using my heat gun for the same reason, but I wanted this instructable to have tools that are easily accessible, and I don't consider a heat gun as a regular tool that everyone has.