How to Make a Sword Stand

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A sword stand is an effective means of displaying your swords.
A sword stand is an effective means of displaying your swords. (Image: reflet japonais image by Anthony CALVO from Fotolia.com)

A well-made sword can be not only an effective weapon, but a beautiful work of art in its own right, suitable for display and admiration. Because of their irregular shape, however, swords almost always require a stand or rack in order to be displayed properly. A simple sword stand is easy to build with only minimal woodworking tools.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-4-foot board
  • Jig saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Wood glue
  • Felt
  • Scissors

Cut out two equal lengths of board, each as long as you want your sword stand to be tall. These pieces will be the vertical supports. Also cut out a third length, which should be about 4 inches longer than one-third the length of the sword you plan to display on the finished stand. This piece will form the base of the stand.

Cut the supports into their basic shape on a jig saw. Cut one end into a round shape, with a U-shaped notch cut into the very end where the sword will rest. Leave the other end flat, but cut a rectangular notch 1 inch wide and 2 inches deep into the center of the flat end. Make sure the supports are as identical as possible.

Cut the base into its basic shape. Round off one corner on each end, so that when the base rests on its edge horizontally, the rounded corners are up. Cut two rectangular notches, identical to the ones in the supports, into the top edge of the base, each 2 inches away from one side of the base.

Sand all of the pieces smooth, then paint them in the color of your choice and let them dry.

Apply wood glue to the insides of all four rectangular notches, then slide the supports onto the base notch-to-notch so that the supports are perpendicular to the base. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Cut out two pieces of felt 1 inch wide and long enough to cover the insides of the U-shaped notches in the supports. Glue these pieces into the notches and allow the glue to dry.

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References

  • "The Big Book of Weekend Woodworking: 150 Easy Projects;" John Nelson and Joyce Nelson; 2005
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