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To make this question as short as possible, I'll get straight to the point.

I am making a replica of a weapon from a game from wood, however the blade is quite large. Its a kind of battleaxe (see picture below) however I'm having a hard time finding a way to get quite a big piece of wood to slope to a point like a blade would. So basically I want to make a large piece of wood into a long wedge shape but I cant figure out how to do it.

As you can see in the picture, using the hand on the handle for size reference, it is quite a large blade. The tools I have in my workshop are: A table saw, a band saw, a scroll saw, mitre saw, drills, handsaws, and chisels. (these are the only tools I think would come in handy, I do not have any tools such as a belt sander, though I do have an orbital sander if that helps)

Any help it appreciated! Thanks.

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GrumpyOldGoat (author)2013-05-06

A block plane would help immensely. Not that expensive and quite handy for nearly everything I break.

A coarse file or rasp would work, but will require more sanding.

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I concur. I'd first use a bandsaw to take off the bulk first....

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rickharris (author)2013-05-06

You can used thinner plywood and layer it as in the diagram below.

This will be easier to sand down to the finished profile.

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mpilchfamily (author)2013-05-06

You need to know some of the basic dimensions. How thick do you want the thickest point at the handle?

Start with a sheet of ply wood and trace out the shape of the blade onto it and cut it out. If it needs to be thicker then the plywood then laminate another sheet on top of the first. Keep adding sheets till it's as thick as you want the thickest point to be. Then start shaving the wood down to create the edge. Your chisels will come in handy for that. The orbital sander can give you a better finish. Or you can get a lot of 50 or 60 grit paper and the orbital can shave it down for your. The lower the number of grit on the paper the faster it will shave the wood down. A nice and sharp pocket knife can also be handy.

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