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Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Mearcstapa » 29 Jul 2012 19:53

Despite having only a modest collection of dangerous knicknacks, I still found (as most of us have) that they invariably ended up either in shambolic piles, umbrella stands or similarly unsatisfactory means of storage. Not particularly enamoured of any of the fairly oriental-looking options available online, and lacking the financial means to commission something beautiful, I decided to make my own from my extensive collection of scrap wood, gathered by insisting on looking in every single skip I pass.

I looked at all of these for inspiration:

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But finally settled on something like this:

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Having decided on the general form, I then had to work out the details based on the limitations of the materials I had at hand (I couldn't even afford to buy different nails or screws, let alone timber...). One of the biggest problems I encountered was how to fit in swords of drastically divergent dimensions, especially if I had a cross-piece like this:

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This was necessary to stop the singlestick, sabre and bokken thingy from hanging in such a way that their blades did not point straight down. However, the longsword (which, incidentally, I think is marvellous and is from Historic Arts) has a very wide blade and I had to find a way of accommodating it as well as the girly-thin sabre.

It eventually turned out like this:

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I decided that this sisal rope would make good cross-pieces, on account of it being aesthetically pleasing and flexible, and because I didn't have any bits of wood left that were long enough...

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The holes cut in the top plank to fit each weapon individually:

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Please add pictures of your own storage arrangements, whether homebrewed or bought, so that we can have one thread where they're all in one place (apologies if there's already one of these - if so, I couldn't find it).
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby KeithFarrell » 29 Jul 2012 20:24

Very cool! Thank you for posting, and welcome to the forum :)
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Colin F. » 29 Jul 2012 20:36

Here's the rack in the box that Paul B. made me 8) It's currently in an upright position against a wall working perfectly well there. It also has another 1796 and 2 daggers plus all their scabbards stored in it.

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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Paul B » 29 Jul 2012 21:53

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I'm hoping (slim hope but still...) to have the mega sword/mask rack that Dave commissioned ready for Fightcamp, but the metal rapier racks probably won't be done.
.... or I could be completely wrong.

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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby admin » 29 Jul 2012 22:00

Great racks! Thanks for posting these and welcome to the forum. I'm still planning to make some sort of basic rack to get a load of my antiques on the wall of my study, but I never seen to get round to it...
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Paul B » 29 Jul 2012 22:33

Ha! Just recognised my wasters! Nice 8)
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Mearcstapa » 30 Jul 2012 01:26

Paul: They sit in marked contrast to my own rather rustic handiwork...

Colin: Are the holes uniform sizes, or are they tailored to each weapon?

Admin: I recommend keeping an eye out every time you pass a skip - you'd be surprised how often you can get nice old floorboards etc. in pieces too small for most people to make use of, that can with a sharp knife and a good attitude easily be turned into attractive and wall-worthy jibjobs. Having a jigsaw probably wouldn't hurt, but depending on how much of a perfectionist you are it is relatively straightforward to knock something up.
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Derek Wassom » 30 Jul 2012 09:25

I took inspiration from the same photo and decided to make a similar, modular version. I worked out all the supplies I needed, drew the blueprints, then realized I didn't have any money! Another project put on the back-burner...
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Mearcstapa » 30 Jul 2012 15:27

Also knocked this up yesterday, and oiled it today.

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It's two bits of 2x3 laid over each other in a cross, joined to a vaguely round section of 2x4 laid flat, joined by a bit of curtain pole I found in a skip on the way back from the pub. Corners roughly rounded with cabinet rasps, then sanded (40 grit, so pretty rough-and-ready), given a quick once-over with 100-grit then oiled with linseed oil.

Mask is an old one of unknown age that I found mouldering in the school's costume attic.
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Joolz » 30 Jul 2012 20:18

Well, if we're posting things other than sword racks, here's what I make to display the daggers that I create. They are made from beech, and stand around 14" high, finished with Danish oil.

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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Mearcstapa » 30 Jul 2012 22:44

The cork at the bottom is a smart touch.

Does everyone store their blades 'naked' (i.e. unsheathed), and is there a reason for that?
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Colin F. » 30 Jul 2012 23:05

Mearcstapa wrote:Colin: Are the holes uniform sizes, or are they tailored to each weapon?


They are made sort of to the weapon, but it can be set up with various configurations. Mostly wide cross weapons at the back and smaller basket/knuckle bowed weapons at the front.
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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Paul B » 19 Mar 2013 20:05

Here's one I finished this week.
It's an oak frame with steel racks

The pegs and racks come off for transport and the whole frame can be either free standing or attached to a wall.

It holds:
10 masks
10 longswords (steel or plastic)
10 arming swords (ditto)
10 rapiers
10 dussacks


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Re: Sword racks - for reference and inspiration

Postby Mearcstapa » 20 Mar 2013 23:24

Sick.
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