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Weapon crafting tips needed...

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I am going to be working on making my double headed ax that will be approximately 50" long and two short swords around 35" long. I will be using hollow fiberglass rods as cores and the blue camping foam pad for the foam. I am not sure on what kind of glue I should use for adhering the foam to itself and to the fiberglass. I am fairly new at weapon crafting and it may be a very very long time before I bring my character in from not having the money or time to either buy or make these weapons. I would love any help with figuring out what materials I should use for the glue and latex.

Thanks for the help guys,

- Saber

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Do not use the gel version of DAP though. It looks almost exactly the same as the regular can but has a big droplet label with "GEL" written on it. It will make you a sad panda.

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Alright, one last question before I decide if it is better to buy than craft, are solid fiberglass cores able to be used or do we have to use the hollow core only?

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Solid is fine. Do not use driveway markers. Go get 3/8" solid fenceposts from a TSC or something.

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Haha, alright! Thank you very much! my buddies and I are on a somewhat tight budget, we looked at goodwinds .505 filament wound epoxy tubing and it would be about $80 just to get the cores we needed, solid is definitely the cheaper way to go! Thank you very much for the information!

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Here is a good tutorial on how to make one that looks decent.

 

Best advice is don't rush. Wait at least a day to let the dap completely dry. If you put on the latex to early, the dap fumes will melt the latex after you put it on.

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