I decided to make the sword in three parts. Handle, Cross Guard, and Blade. Then I used a threaded metal rod to to make sure the connection between the three pieces was secure. It might have been easier to do one piece that started as the handle and turned into the blade and then attach the cross guard to it, but I already started before I thought of that and rather than lose momentum dwelling on how I could have done it I just kept on pressing on.
The supplies I used were:
-Thin pieces of wood (I got mine from a pallet)
-A threaded metal rod
The tools I used were:
-Rasp and files
Step 1: Design
Once I had the design traced onto the wood I cut it out with a coping saw.