I got drug away from the GF for a bit by work, but I’ve got a couple of new projects I’m working on. This one is for my five year old son. He put in a request for a sword, and here it is, a viking era toy sword.
First, the CAD linework. The sword is built up of five layers of wood. The center layer (the blade) is 1/4" plywood while the hilt is built up layers of 1/8" hardwood. I planned to fasten the layers together with square pegs and glue.
Gorgeous!!! @RyanL Would you like to share the vector file? I have made a half dozen swords for my two grandsons and they go thru them way too fast! Maybe a more beautiful one like you made would be treated better and last longer!!!
Sorry man- not likely.
My dad thinks that my 4- and 6-year old boys will treat his artist crafted toys like heirlooms- but they get the same treatment as hot wheels.
Toys are meant for playing. Cool looking toys may get more playing- which translates to broke quicker.
Well worth the effort to feed imagination. But toys are toys.
Around here we just use pipe insulation and cardboard disks for swords. That’s a big step up. Might be worth designing a deliberate weak point in the joint between the hilt and the blade, so that it will break predictably and perhaps reparably…