How to Make a Scottish Broadsword

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How to Make a Scottish Broadsword
Make a faux Scottish broadsword from wood. (sword image by Patrizier-Design from

A Scottish broadsword, or claymore, is a sword that was used in medieval times by knights and other Scottish military members. The broadsword is very long, and often reached from shoulder height to the ground. This weapon is heavy, and takes two hands to wield. Making a broadsword from metal is expensive and nearly impossible for the average person. However, you can make a broadsword replica from wood with a table saw and a few other household tools. A wood sword is ideal for a costume or for a historical re-enactment of a famous battle. Make the sword as basic or as detailed as you like.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Hardwood 1 inch thick
  • Table saw
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch dowel rod
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper in various grits
  • Wood stain or paint

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  1. 1

    Measure the blade of the sword about 3 inches wide and as long as you want it. Traditional Scottish broadswords were about as long as shoulder height, so about 6 inches less than the measurement from your shoulder to the ground should be enough for the blade.

  2. 2

    Cut one end of the blade with two 45-degree angle cuts to make a tip on the blade. You will round the edge of the blade later.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole in the other end of the blade so that you can slip the pommel and handle pieces inside the blade.

  4. 4

    Cut a rectangle to make the cross guard of the sword. Round the edges with a rasp. Cut out a centre piece the same shape as the bottom of the sword edge so you can slip the cross guard onto the centre of the blade.

  5. 5

    Slip the cross guard onto the blade. Fit a dowel rod inside the blade and glue inside the blade with wood glue.

  6. 6

    Cut out a handle from 1-inch-thick wood. Drill a hole inside the handle with the drill. Slip the other end of the dowel inside the handle. Trim the dowel so that the handle and cross guard sit flush with each other. Glue the dowel inside the handle.

  7. 7

    Use a rasp to round the edges of the handle. Sand the entire sword to eliminate rough edges and prevent splinters while using the sword.

  8. 8

    Stain or paint the sword as desired.

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