How to make a wooden viking shield

    how to make a wooden viking shield

    Epic Viking Shield

    Dec 20,  · Viking shields were made from light woods but sturdy. Alot of people use plywood to make shields but because we are making ours the authentic way we will be butting planks together. Choose 4 or five planks roughly 20cm wide by 1 cm thick. Pine planks will do, however for a truly authentic shield you should use linden, or basswood. Stop by your local plywood supplier (Home Depot or Lowe's) and cut yourself a circle out of the plywood of your choice. Now just glue or screw the pieces to your wood creating a viking shield and paint it whatever you'd like! The pieces will come to your door for you to put together (except for the big plywood)/5().

    I used hydrochloric acid to achieve aged look because the bowl is stainless steel so it doesn't rust. I used metal thumbtacks to attach the eco leather around the rim. The leather is sewed by my father :. I see how you distressed the shield boss but could you tell is a little about how you distressed the shield face to look old and worn? Question 1 year ago. I'm trying to make this shield as a gift for someone and my grandfather is making it with me.

    Thanks for your help!! Hopelyn Kovacs. Hi there, a friend of mine is fighting with sword and shield and send me this link, because he want to build such a shield of his own for an upcoming viking battle event. I'm sorry that I don't need a shield by myself or I would have build it immediately. But I was so inspired, that I made a really epic pizza plate :D I never thougt that it will look this great, but I m totaly overwhelmed about the result.

    Now the task is to create a pizza, that is epic enough to be worth beeing eaten from that plate I used your tutorial to make one of this for LARP I can post some photos here soon. Edit: Here are a pic about my version inspired on yours Reply 3 years ago.

    Reply 4 years ago. My username is Epic Workshop, so you can message me there any time and I will guide you as you build one and help you anyway I can : Looking forward to help :. Thank you, when you make it please send some pictures : Yeah I am a fan also of vikings and I also noticed that they have wooden painted shield with simple design.

    At first I wanted to make similar to theirs but everybody made same ones on yt so I made mine more special : I think that you will like my next build, stay tuned.

    Introduction: Epic Viking Shield. More by the author:. I made this shield FOR ME!!! Processing the stock 8 mm thick Gluing the panels in different pattern to make the shield stronger criss-cross Cutting the circle with jigsaw. Gluing the fabric linen on shield Paint it in any color I used acrylic paint Draw your design or just leave it in one or two colors :.

    Use chisel to remove quickly and then refine it with wood rasp or metal file. I bought a cheap dog bowl and my neighbour made it look more aged and more epic "Of course" I used hydrochloric acid to achieve aged look because the bowl is stainless steel so it doesn't rust. I made my own pins out of brass how to make a awesome mii to attach the boss on shield.

    The leather is sewed by my father : I also distressed the shield to match the shield boss. Did you make this project? Share it with us! I Made It! Penumbra83 11 months ago on Step 5. Reply Upvote. KovacsHo Question 1 year ago. Answer Upvote. AndrewB 2 years ago. Yuri Minar what are the causes of celiac disease years ago.

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    Epic Workshop Epic Workshop Reply 4 years ago. Epic Workshop dgood3 Reply 4 years ago. I have a few pics of my wood vattle axe if i can figure out how to post. Looks super great bro you now just need a shield : i want to see that also how to knock someone out with one punch. Arkarinum 4 years ago.

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    Ah, yes, the Viking shield. Hard to think of shield more iconic, or in recent times, more popular. That Vikings TV show has really popularized this thing.

    Funny how a centuries outdated object can suddenly come back into style Anywho I decided I had to make one. NOT cause of the TV show which I haven't even seen I just decided that life was too short to live without a giant round shield decorated with half of a space-wolf's head on your homemade weapons wall. Hey, it's my shield. If I want a Mandalorian wolf on it the red stuff ain't paint by the way then by golly it's gonna have the grandest half-wolf's head this side of Dathomir.

    This shield is unique to all the others i've seen made, as I am building it completely out of scraps I have laying around. The wood is pallets, the boss is a frying pan, the sheet metal I stole from my brother when he wasn't looking, and the strap was a demolished leather purse-thing from a flea market.

    Wow, now that I think about it, this sounds like the perfect entry for the Trash to Treasure challenge. Come on. Try, right now, to think of one reason not to subscribe. No, that reason doesn't count. Be reasonable. Can't think of anything? Thats funny. Neither can I. Unfortunately I'm not sure of the gauge, but it was thin. Obviously, the thicker the material the harder it will be to work with.

    As usual, you could probably figure out a way to do it with less if you are both insane and have way too much time on your hands. My pallets had seen too much o' the great outdoors. When I tried busting them up with a hammer and pry bar they were too soft and only cracked, threatening to derail my project.

    So I resorted to the big guns and pulled out the sawzall, cutting each pallet down vertically between the slats, and then beat out sections holding them together. Pallets have a nasty habit of being imperfect junk boards that are only useful as shipping containers. Yeah they aren't perfect. I say that just makes the finished product more rugged. Nuthin wrong with that. But I do recommend getting them as good as possible, so do what you must. I contented myself with just running a belt sander over every side of the boards, which got them fairly good.

    Not perfect. As you can see in the finished shield, there are small gaps between the boards, due to them being unevenly cut. So, my idea for this shield was to double layer the boards, one layer vertically stripped and the other horizontal. I then proceeded to glue-in-screw em up.

    Actually in terms of mechanics it worked very well, but I did not realize that double layering the pallets would add SO much extra weight. The unique thing about a viking shield historically is that they were very large average 36" in diameter , but were also very lightweight for it's size. They accomplished this by being made of ONE layer of wood strips, held together by a few wood or metal cross braces.

    You would think that only being made of one layer of wood, they would be rather weak. Which was exactly the case. The smarty-pants norsemen combatted this by covering the fronts of the shields with leather or canvas, and edging them with iron or rawhide. Thus they were able to keep them relatively lightweight and still strong enough.

    Smartypants Jake thought he knew better than history and decided to double layer the pallets. Guess who now has a shield WAY too heavy to use? Drive a small nail or screw if yo' a fancy pants into the center of your new million pound board and attach a string connected to a pencil with a length equal to the radius of what you want the finished shield size to be. For a 36" shield, that would be an 18" string.

    Then do the same for the inner circle. Logically you need a certain amount of clearance so you have something to mount the boss to.

    It still was a bit rough at this point, so before painting and staining I went over it once more with an orbital sander. Do I have to explain? There are instructions on every single can, for crying out loud. We are breeding stupidity here folks The only black paint I had laying around was a flat black, which looked okay. Might just be me, but I think it would look just the tiniest bit better if the paint had a little sheen to it.

    If I were to do it again I'd probably go with a satin or eggshell. This pan is the boss! Time to make it look more like one. Start by beating down the edges, to round them over. Then, to round out the bottom, go outside and beat on it on the dirt. The dirt will compact, allowing the metal to dome. I wasn't able to get it super round, but much better. For some reason I had trouble coming up with an original design for the design on my shield face. I normally am artistic enough Thus, the only thing to do was steal someone else's original idea.

    I found this sweet half wolf half Mandalorian design on google images. Then I began painting. Be forewarned, this process takes anywhere from years, not counting coffee breaks. I really love the look of shields with a metal banded edge.

    The process is fairly straightforward, though it is time consuming. First, you want to cut the sheet metal into strips. I cut mine into strips 3" wide, which was enough for the roughly 1" thick edge, leaving an inch overlap on either side.

    At each mark, make two cuts a third of the way through the metal, one cut on each side. I didn't make all the cuts at the beginning, but as I worked along the edge This gives you the joints where you will bend the metal. I found it best to do it by attaching the end of the strip onto the face of the shield, bend the first section to the curve, and then bend the flap over onto the face. I used a hammer to crease the metal well, and then pilot holed and screwed it down. Two screws in each "flap".

    I am well aware that my description just destroyed any amount of clarity you may have thought you possessed upon first seeing this step. Apologies, my dear sir. See pictures to slightly lesson any confusion I may have caused. Thank you. The Boss is the Boss. Stick him in a nice prominent location. Traditional "historically accurate" viking VIKING shields were not the strapped on type, but rather center-grip shields. Pretty much just a super sized buckler.

    And you can throw the shield, or quickly let go of it, which prevents an enemy from hypothetically grabbing onto it and using that grip to partially immobilize you. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, my shield was far too heavy to call it "historically accurate", and any advantage gained by leaving it a traditional center-grip was lost. So I decided to add a strap, cause it would make it easier to wield that 20lb monster.

    Oh, you hadn't heard? Yes, my shield weighs 20lbs. I actually even cut it down a few inches, rather than the 36" diameter shield I had planned, I chopped it down to 32", to try and minimize the weight as much as I could. Nope, still weighs a metric ton. You now have the coolest and heaviest round shield this side of Greenland.

    Put it to good use. A plaque for your axes, perhaps. Or the most epic coffee table ever Oh, and vote for me in the Trash to Treasure challenge and i'll send ya a million bucks. Really cool, I love it! I am a direct descendant of the Viking king Ragnor Lothbok, I just might make one to hang on my wall. Reply 3 years ago. Sorry i forgot about that. Well thanks for the vote!


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