After having made the Lego Ninjago Sword of Fire for my son, he decided he wanted the rest of the Ninjago golden weapons. Being more than happy to oblige, the next weapon I wanted to make was Cole's Scythe of Quakes.
Here is how I put it together:
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Step 1: Materials
The materials I used for this build were: (with affiliate links)
The tools I used for this build were:
Scroll saw - https://amzn.to/2Vi84lf
Wheel guage - https://amzn.to/31ahnlS
Clamps - https://amzn.to/2XDyJq4
Spoke shave - https://amzn.to/2LUk72X
Chisels - https://amzn.to/2tNRs4F
Wood threading kit - https://amzn.to/2jYtIJP
Belt sander - https://amzn.to/2unXEkj
Micro Sander - https://amzn.to/2KszX46
Drill press - https://amzn.to/2UL76JX
Dremel - https://amzn.to/2tNS769
Sanding sponge - https://amzn.to/2unPGaF
Step 2: Make the Blade Outling
I starting by taking an image of the scythe into Inkscape and using the pen tool to trace the outline of the scythe. After shaping the lines to the curved edges, I made a 1" reference mark and sized the scythe to the reference mark. I then took the outline of the head of the scythe and printed it out.
After taping and scissoring, I drew the outline onto my piece of bassword, then used a scroll saw to cut the shape out.
SIDE NOTE: I used a scroll saw because that's what I have. A bandsaw would be muuuuuch better for this type of cut.
Step 3: Tap and Die
Using the drill press, I drilled a 5/8" hole into the scythe head where I marked the handle to go. After clamping the head down, I used the die to thread the inside of the hole, then used the tap to thread one end of the dowel.
I then screwed the dowel into the head to make sure that the threading was deep enough to ensure there was a secure fit between the handle and the blade.
Step 4: Shape the Blade
I started by tracing the designs of the blade head onto the basswood. For the blade part of the head, I took my wheel gauge and marked a center line along the length of the blade. Referencing that center mark, I used the spoke shave to start to shape out the curve of the blade.
I used the chisels to help with the rest of the angle of the blade and the flames, up to the point where the dragon's head begins.
Step 5: Carve the Dragon Design
Using my markings I made earlier, I start chiseling out the shape of the dragon's head. I started off by making shallow cuts tracing the design (to ensure that I wouldn't loose the designs if the pencil markings rubbed off), then started carving out the different sections of the dragons head.
At first I didn't go deep enough with most of the designs, but once the basic shape was cut out I took the designs deeper into the wood, helping to give more shape and dimension to the dragon's head.
I repeated the process for the blade and the dragon head on the other side of the basswood.
Step 6: Sand... in the Place Where You Live
Old joke yet?
Anyways, I took the micro sanding pad and started with 120 grit and sanded down the head piece of the scythe. For the areas where the micro pad didn't reach, I grabbed my Dremel and sanded out the smaller areas of the blade.
I progressed up to 220 grit and resanded the blade to the point where it was smooth.
Step 7: Carve Out the Pommel
Using a piece of cutoff from the basswood, I measured for center then cut a shallow 5/8" hole into the piece with the drill press. I then took the tap and threaded the inside of hole. I also took the die and threaded the other end of the dowel for the pommel to screw into.
Using a combination of the belt sander and chisels, I shaped out the pommel of the scythe to try and match it to the one from the show. When I got the shape to a point where I liked it, I lightly sanded it.
Step 8: Make and Add the Handle Accents
Using the rest of the basswood cutoffs, I took them to the drill press and with a 1" forstner bit drilled out as many holes as I could from the wood I had left. I cut out the areas around each of the holes and used the belt sander to even them out into rings. Marking a shallow V on each side of the ring, I took it back to the belt sander and sanded a V into either side of both sides of the ring.
I used some sand paper to lightly sand the dowel so that each of the rings for the handle would slide on without breaking.
Step 9: Paint
With all the pieces cut out, I glued and assembled (much like the Avengers) all the pieces together. I used the gold spray paint and added a couple layers of paint over the entire scythe. After letting it dry for a day, I went back and added a few layers of polycrylic. After another day of letting the polycrylic dry, the scythe was done!
Step 10: Enjoy!
The last thing to do is enjoy! Even if you look like a dork doing so. The best way to enjoy is have someone else grab the Sword of Fire that you already made and battle it out!
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