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Wooden Kid's Sword by AeonOfTime Wooden Kid's Sword by AeonOfTime
Background
I made this sword for the son of one of my best friends, it was a spontaneous idea I had one evening at lunch (lunch is a powerful ideas factory if you let it :)) I don't know how long it will survive in the hands of a 5-year old, but that's what it's there for.

Here's a side view which shows the blades a bit better:



Also on YouTube there is a video of it in action cutting a defenseless tomato in half: [link]

Technique
I started with a piece of flat Teak: I drew the shape on one side and cut out the rough shape with a jigsaw. I refined the edges with a set of rasps, and finished off with sanding paper (grain 80). For the blades, I used a motorized grinding stone (which is definitely not made for this :giggle:) to take off most of the material and finished with sanding paper again.

For the final wood finish I used grain 400 sanding paper, then made three coats of varnish with renewed sanding between coats. For the initial coat I used a two-component varnish (Epifanes PP Extra) which creates a very resistant coating as base for the final two coats of mono-component varnish (Epifanes interior satin).

Making three coats of varnish allows to remove almost all the small irregularities of the wood for a nice smooth finish. The satin varnish is also very forgiving if you make some small errors here and there, and it feels real nice to the touch as well :)

Trivia
The edges are actually pretty sharp - I was able to cut a tomato with it. Granted, it took a little patience but it did work!
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August 19, 2010
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