How to Make a Sword Display Stand

Updated February 21, 2017

Sword display stands are used to display swords on tables, mantles or other areas. The swords are displayed in the sheaths and are suspended by two pieces of wood with grooves that allow the blade to point downward. This works well for swords with decorative sheaths. Sword display stands are often made out of decorative hardwoods like walnut that complement the beauty of the sword.

Draw a line down the centre of the 9-inch board so it is 2 inches away from each edge. Draw another line across the centre of the board, perpendicular to the first so that it is 4 1/2 inches away from the ends. Drill a 3-inch hole through the board where the lines intersect.

Cut the board in half on the 4-inch line using the mitre saw. Erase the remaining pencil marks. These are the sides of the sword display stand.

Position the sides of the stand on the edges that have the half-circles. Place them parallell 14 inches apart. Set the 16-inch board on top of the sides so the corners are flush. Drill two pairs of 1/2-inch deep, 3/8-inch countersink holes that are spaced 3 inches apart, and a 1/2 inch away from each 4-inch edge of the 16-inch board. Screw the boards together using four screws.

Sand down your sword stand with your medium-grade and fine-grade sand paper. Wipe the stand down with your tack cloth and apply the wood stain. Let the stain dry according to the instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Straightedge
  • Walnut board, 1-by-4-by-9-inches
  • Walnut board, 1-by-4-by-16-inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 3-inches
  • Mitre saw
  • Counter-sink, 3/8-inch
  • Screw gun
  • 4 wood screws, 2 ½-inch
  • Sand paper, medium-grade, fine-grade
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain
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