Sword racks are used to store swords when they are not in use. Whether you need a rack for your child's toy swords or your personal collection, you can make your own out of wood. Swords can rest horizontally or vertically in a sword rack; however, you can to store a wider variety of swords in a horizontal rack since it cradles nearly any size or shape. Vertical racks are usually customized to fit the hilt of the sword. Select quality hardwood for your project to make the rack a piece of furniture within your home.
Lay the 1-by-6-by-16-inch boards flat on a work surface with one 6-by-16-inch side facing up on each board. Draw two 3-inch-wide, U-shaped cut-outs that are angled at a downward angle along one 16-inch side of each board using the flexible curve ruler to make them uniform. Use a pencil. Draw one 3 inches from each end of the two boards. These are the sides. The u-shaped cut-outs are the sword rests.
Cut each U-shape out from the sides using a jig saw. Guide the saw along each pencil line in a steady motion to complete each cut.
Sand the cut edges of the boards with a rotary tool and sanding accessories. Sand the edges down in the same direction as the wood grain until the wood is completely smooth.
Place the sides with the cut edges facing up on a work surface. Orient them lengthwise vertically with the U-shaped cut-outs oriented up. Position the sides so that they are parallel and spaced 18 inches apart from the outside edges.
Lay the 1-by-6-by-18-inch board across the top ends of the sides so that the 6-by-18-inch side is flat against the top 1-by-6-inch ends of the sides. This is the top board. Center the 1-by-6-by-24-inch board over the bottom 1-by-6-inch ends of the sides. This is the sword rack base. It is wider so that the rack will be stable when placed on a table or floor.
Drive three evenly spaced trim screws through the outside edges of the top and base boards into the ends of the sides at each joint using a screw gun to fasten the assembly together.
Apply a clear spray finish to the sword rack. Allow the finish to dry for at least four hours and apply a second coat.
Tips & Warnings
- Adjust the size of the rack to accommodate the number and sizes of the swords in your collection.
- Wear eye protection when operating power tools.
Things You'll Need:
- 2 boards, 1-by-6-inch, 16 inches long
- Flexible curve ruler
- Jig saw
- Rotary tool with sanding accessories
- Board, 1-by-6-inch, 18 inches long
- Board, 1-by-6-inch, 24 inches long
- Trim screws
- Screw gun
- Clear spray finish
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