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I love armor and have already made a shirt of chainmail that you can read about here, as well as owning a sword. So I decided to make a shield that I can use when my friend and I fight. We are trying to learn the lost art of sword fighting. 

Stuff you'll need
  • Cold rolled sheet metal (Lowes, Canadian Tire, ex.)
  • about 30 1in screws
  • about 25 1/2in screws
  • 8-10ft 1-by-4s 
  • sandpaper
  • nylon or leather strapping 
  • 4 roofing nails
  • Jigsaw with wood and metal blades
  • Drill and drill bits
  • ball peen hammer

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Step 1: Cut the Metal

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For my shields I decide that the best size was 2ft by 1½ft so that it would cover most of my body without being to heavy. I also thought that a basic rectangle would be best because I am just a beginner at metalworking.

I bought the metal from Lowes for just over 40 dollars but that was enough for 2 shields so you could get a smaller piece that wouldn't be so pricey. Now just mark the length you want with a sharpie and cut it with a jigsaw. This is better done outside, as the metal pieces will go everywhere!
Green X1 year ago

nice I know someone that would use that shield

Not bad for a LARP shield, well done! If you wanted to make a combat grade one, use carbon steel sheet, and hammer it to shape on an anvil. Also, swordsmen wouldn't use a tower or wall shield, those would be reserved for frontline spearmen. Swordsmen would use a circular buckler or at most a kite shield. OVerall, however, this was extremely well done! Bravo!
Ringer1633 (author)  ninja of suburbia2 years ago

That means now you get to make some spears! Woo!

Ringer1633 (author) 2 years ago
Please vote for me and if you have any suggestions for a shoulder strap I would love to know. Thanks, hope you enjoy.