How to Make an Army Sword Holder

June 13, 2017


This week I’m making a sword holder for an Army Veteran that goes to the same college as me. For this project, I used solid oak 1×4’s to construct the holder. I started by cutting up 4 – 1×4’s down to 4′ long and using edge joined them with dowel joinery. For the design on the board, I used my X-Carve to carve out everything. While it was carving, I cut out 2 blocks of 1×2 oak at 3″ long with a 45 degree bevel on the front and cut a slot on the top of each of them for the sword to go. Once my CNC machine was done, I glued on the blocks to hold the sword in place. While the glue for that was drying, I painted the areas that were carved out on the CNC with black paint. Once everything was dried, I sanded it all down to a nice smooth finish. This gave the lettering/helicopter a nice sharp edge and now I’m ready to apply a finish. For this project, I went with a few coats of wipe on polyurethane. This really pulled the grain out in the wood and I have to say that I’m very happy with how this came out. I’m sure he’ll be happy with the final results too!


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