- A piece of wood about one inch thick (a fence board, for example)
- A band saw
- A sander and/or files & sandpaper
- (optional): a chisel/gouge, wood stain, clear finish
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Step 1: Cut Out the Sword Outline With a Band Saw
Draw the outline of the sword with pencil, then cut it out with a band saw. If you've never cut something with a band-saw, the picture with the numbers shows a good order to make the cuts in. You can't turn really sharp corners with a band saw, but you can make two cuts that meet at a sharp corner.
I drew the sword free-hand on the wood. You could also find an image of a real sword, print it out, blow it up to the correct size, and trace it, but that's leaving "easy" far behind (and is probably overkill for a toy sword).
Step 2: Use a Sander And/or Files to Improve the Sword's Shape
- Lay the sword flat (the way you cut it on the band-saw) and sand to improve the sword's outline / silhouette. Mine wasn't perfectly symmetrical coming out of the band-saw, so I improved this a little on the sander.
- Lay the sword at an angle and sand to "sharpen" the blade. Leave a nice sharp edge between the grind and the ricasso (the unsharpened part of the blade). This goes a long way toward making the sword look nice.
- Use files and rough (like 60-grit) sandpaper to smooth things out, define edges, smooth the handle, etc.
Step 3: Use a Chisel or Knife to Make a "blood Groove" (optional)
- Use something sharp (like a straight-edged chisel or a knife) to score the edge of the groove you want to make.
- Use a spoon-shaped chisel (or a knife, if you're good) to carve out a groove. Sand to smooth.
Step 4: (Optionally), Stain / Finish the Wood
- For a more durable sword, use a harder wood. Pine is very soft, and dents easily (although it is also easier to shape/sand, so there's a tradeoff between how easy it is to make and how durable it ends up).
- I wouldn't recommend making it much sharper than I did, because A) it'll be more dangerous, and B) it will be less durable.
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