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Unread 01-13-2013, 12:46 AM   #1
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How to keep a wood sword from warping?

This is my biggest concern for a possible upcoming prop. I'm worried about the blade warping and twisting after its finished. Will sealant and paint stop most issues with wood warping, or is it inevitable?
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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yes sealant and paint, also when you go to put it away make sure the blade is always laying on a flat surface
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:24 AM   #3
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A few things can help:

As you're working it, try to keep it clamped or sandwiched between two two flat surfaces as much as possible, especially when you're not working on it. Even if this means pressing the blade down onto a table using some books, keeping it pressed against something flat will keep it flat. Moisture in the paint, air, sealant, etc may seep in and warp the wood as it dries/cures/hardens.

If you can brace it with something that won't warp, all the better. If you can embed a metal rod inside, that should keep it from warping. Plastic might even work as well if the wood is thin enough.

Always store it with the blade supported in a way that relieves pressure from just one spot. Don't store it on its tip, on the pommel (end of the handle) or leaning against something, as gravity and its position might put stress on the blade. Lay it flat, with the full length of the sword being supported.
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