Crossguard template cut
Blade and handle template cut
Templates screwed to production boards
Quickly trimmed on scrollsaw and ready for first trim bit attempt
Yesterday we got started building my son’s Master Sword from Legend of Zelda. We started with paper templates to cut some wooden templates from. The idea was to then screw the templates to the final boards and reproduce them with a router trim bit.
Holding them by hand on my router table caused a ton of chipping, tear-outs, and throwing the wood around. I’m gonna have to try a jig similar to this or just scrollsaw all the pieces.
Almost 2 1/2 years ago I built my oldest son a Dwarven Axe to his specifications and now my youngest has decided what he would like me to make him. He’s been playing lots of Zelda lately, though we don’t have a Switch, and wanted me to build him a wooden Master Sword. The design above is what I planned out and finally settled on based on pictures and a cardboard mock-up we made to test the scale and measurements. We bought the board for it last weekend and should be cutting on Saturday. Hopefully I remember to take pictures throughout the process. I still haven’t gotten my oldest to decide what he wants to do with his axe. Teenagers…
sword cardboard mock-up
I recently sold some solid wood d20 widgets (icosahedrons) through my Etsy store, so I thought I’d post a picture. If anyone else is interested in some, or dodecahedrons, please leave a comment here or at my store.
A couple of the gifts we wanted to make this year were some turned wooden trees. This meant I had to save up and purchase a lathe, which I’m still learning how to work on. But I have been able to turn out (get it) a few trees that we gave out as Christmas gifts. The stars on top were carved out separate.
tree – plans
tree – cut and laid out
tree – louvers spine
tree – base plate and braces
tree – assembling
Finally getting around to posting some process shots from our wooden Christmas Tree.
No Fluff Tree
Due to family allergies we’ve always had a fake Christmas tree and my wife and I unanimously despise fluffing that stinker. So this year we decided to make a rustic wooden tree to use in the house instead. I’ll post some of the process photos later this week when I get time.
Lots of hooks (83) on the louvers to hang stuff
Lights up close
wood scrap outline finished
After some sanding and painting, the wood scrap outline piece is all done. I’ve got another one, but it’s a present so I can’t share that one yet.
wood scrap grain up close
A few months ago I ran into the amazing work of Dolan Geimer on etsy or somewhere, and wanted to create something smaller but in that vein for my wife. With the help of my good friend Kevin, I’ve been amassing a collection of wooden scraps to make this possible. I just need to sand off some wood putty and finish painting the outside.
This was way easier now that I have a miter saw. I’m going to have to start keeping track of how many I’ve got out in the garage (9). I’m not counting my rotary tool and my router.
- table saw
- miter saw
- band saw
- scroll saw
- circular saw
- spiral cut saw (had forever)
- jig saw (had even longer)
- mini-hack saw
- coping saw
Barn Wood Quilt
This year for Mother’s Day, Anniversary, and Wife’s birthday ( all usually within a week or so) I finally got around to making her this Barn Wood Quilt she’d asked for some time back. It’s made with pallet and fencing wood, since I have no old barn to rip apart.
quilt design in inkscape
quilt parts cut on my table saw sled
quilt assembled first on a table
ladder garden finished
Here’s a picture of the finished ladder garden. The planter boxes freely rotate so they should self balance, and it ever need to get moved, they won’t spill out. I still need to do some simple finish for the top of the legs, decide how I want to seal the planter boxes, and then put in some drains. Another project I thought would be super quick to make and ended up being more complicated and time consuming.