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Rilack
06-17-2008, 06:18 PM
Hey guys and girls.

ok, so I'm a super newb at wood work or any crafts! I haven't made anything with my hands for over 6 years (since I was in Secondary School!)

I have been thinking of using balsa wood (which I can buy in a month when I have money) or some planks and other bits of left over wood thats in the garage.

Now, I'd like to pick your collective minds on the best way to go about making this 42 inch sword. any help? :confused:

Tofu-Sama
06-17-2008, 06:44 PM
We need a reference pic to go by, if you wouldn't mind.

And, I'd suggest using Insulation foam or something other than wood, because many (or some) places won't allow wooden props on the premises. Cardboard works well too, if you search for featherweight's tutorials, he makes really amazing props.

Rilack
06-17-2008, 07:32 PM
well, id like it to be strong enough to hold up to being hit (apparently there are sword duels outside the con in the big open space), and I've replied twice with a link but no go :(

NekoMimiChan
06-17-2008, 07:42 PM
I like using wood, but it really depends on what the design of the sword is...reference inmage would really help

In any case, you probably don't need to buy balsa wood specifically, spruce boards are inexpensive and readily available, and for my purposes they work fantastically.

JonathonWolf
06-17-2008, 07:52 PM
http://www.heavenlyswords.com/images/P/dragon-ball-z-trunks-sword.jpg
http://ui13.gamespot.com/1548/trunks_2.jpg
http://www.100megsfree4.com/fleur/dbz/trunks12.gif

Tofu-Sama
06-17-2008, 08:23 PM
I'm going to guess that you don't have a compound mitre saw, which would make it much easier. Or a table saw, which would actually be better.
I'll be back on later, but I'll first ask if you have access to a mitre saw or a table saw.

Rilack
06-17-2008, 08:29 PM
thank you to jonathonwolf! for some reason, my posts containing links refused to go through!

and no, i dont have a mitre saw or a table saw. all i have is a ripsaw/crosscut saw (not sure which) and a jigsaw. Both are my dads, heh.

I may be able to scrounge some more manual saws from family, but i don't think there are any electrical ones.

OH! and I would also like to make the sheath to go with it! heh. but im thinking of just getting two pieces of balsa wood and coating it in foam? how does that sound to all you experienced people out there?

Tofu-Sama
06-17-2008, 09:26 PM
Hmm, your ripsaw/crosscut saw, is it mounted on a bench, or can you change the angle it cuts on?

Rilack
06-17-2008, 10:03 PM
its just a handsaw, its not connected to anything. I'm starting to feel really ill prepared for this XD

HellfireSamurai
06-18-2008, 03:23 AM
You could always buy a wooden "waster" sword from ebay. They don't cost much and are pretty much the same basic shape as Trunks' and are made for contact practice. I've included some links below of a few examples that would require minimum modifications to make them look exactly like Trunks' sword and the one in the first link even come with a sheath. The others would require you to make the sheath and to cut the blade length down so that the sword is 42 inches instead of 48 inches and that can be done even with a handsaw.


http://cgi.ebay.com/Medieval-Weapons-Knight-Armor-Wooden-Practice-Sword_W0QQitemZ150258070060QQihZ005QQcategoryZ4333 7QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


http://cgi.ebay.com/47-Wooden-Medieval-Practice-Waster-Long-Knight-Sword_W0QQitemZ320263968537QQihZ011QQcategoryZ4333 9QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


http://cgi.ebay.com/48-WASTER-Medieval-Wooden-Practice-Bastard-Sword_W0QQitemZ370061055447QQihZ024QQcategoryZ4734 7QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

JonathonWolf
06-18-2008, 08:02 PM
You know, I might use that advice for a sword that I need. It's about in that shape as well. I'll have to make sure with my reference pics.

Michi
06-19-2008, 01:45 AM
Sorry, Rilack, your posts were caught in the spam filter on accident. But since references have already been posted, I guess it's fine now. :thumbsup:

Rilack
06-19-2008, 12:07 PM
stupid spam filter >_< those wooden swords look cool! I just need to find out how much it would be to ship them to England >_<