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Posted: 7/30/2005 7:01:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2005 7:02:32 AM EDT by PBIR]
My son turns 5 in August so I wanted to make him something nice to offset all the plastic junk he'll get from the relatives. I thought since all boys like to be knights I'd make him a wooden sword. By the way, this has been much more labor intensive than I originally thought with all the hand fitting and sanding. I used one of the lord of the rings swords (the one that gets broken and is later reforged by the elves) as a design model. I'm about 1/2 done with it, what do you think? Fathers, got any other ideas for a good 5 year old present? I really want this to be a special birthday for him since he starts school this year.

Sword disassembled

Sword dry assembled
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 7:12:16 AM EDT
Keep the plans or cut-outs if there are any. You'll probably have to replace parts on it some day.

I always ended up destroying the guards on my swords; the blades always lasted for some reason.

A shield to go with it might be a good idea. My dad also made me some sweet armor out of a bigass plastic bucket. A couple of jigsaw blades and a ton of spraypaint, and I had this wicked silver breastplate with a lion's head on it. Was friggin' tough too, as it was 1/4 inch plastic.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 7:32:07 AM EDT
That's friggn' COOL!!!!

I'm sure he'll love it. And it should last years. Long enough that he'll find it in 15yrs or so and bring back fond memories.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 7:43:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2005 7:44:46 AM EDT by corwin1968]
That would be an awesome gift for a 5 year old. Heck, I'm 37 and I'm still in love with swords.

If he gets really serious with the sword stuff you can get him a waster. He'll have a hard time breaking one of these!


Link Posted: 7/30/2005 9:19:42 AM EDT
Good links there Corwin, thanks.

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 3:05:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:
I'm about 1/2 done with it, what do you think? Fathers, got any other ideas for a good 5 year old present? I really want this to be a special birthday for him since he starts school this year.

A health plan? Just kidding. That looks like a great gift
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 3:12:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 3:32:57 PM EDT
There can be only one!

For some ideas, see below:

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 3:38:42 PM EDT
that is awsome.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 4:37:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Looks good so far...keep the pics coming as you go. Can't wait to see it finished.

Will do, handguard is glued and pinned and curing overnight. Tomorrow = detail sanding if all goes well and I can break away from the little guy long enough.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 4:40:04 PM EDT
Looking good! Can't wait to see more progress!

(What a good Dad!)
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 4:41:56 PM EDT
that rocks!

he'll poke his eye out for sure with that! Its ok though, it builds charachter
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 4:50:53 PM EDT
Thanks for the kind words! Now it's time for daddy to take a break :)

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 4:54:57 PM EDT
looks great ! i would consider puttin a real blunt tip on that thing cus it looks like a eye poker to me .

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 6:49:53 PM EDT
While I normally don't combine alcohol and tools, the glue set up pretty fast so I decided to go ahead and knock out the handguard finishing. I'm really happy with the way this turned out since my woodworking usually is of the basic handyman sort (not that this is anything fancy).

handguard view

Another handguard view

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 6:59:40 PM EDT
Looks awesome. All I got was the crappy hollow plastic swords until I went out and bought the real deal.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 10:09:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2005 10:10:13 PM EDT by PBIR]
Since I've still got several days til the birthday, I decided to work out a shield to go with the sword. Here's the rough materials, who knows how this one will turn out :

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