I'm not sure you would need a 2"x4" piece to craft a bokken would you? The only use I can see to have the tsuba formed out of the same piece which is not how they are made. Anyway, good luck. I'm no expert but there are experts here.
how in any reality could that be considered negative at all? that's honest feedback from my end, I've never even heard of hog nuts hickory or whatever it's called. I'm also a martial artist and never heard of this weapon. Me not hearing of something absolutely doesn't mean it doesn't excist but after a day of being up here, plus with not getting any answers, locally the OP changed to internet options, I threw out an option. what is up with the babysitting recently? E, when someone says " not any piece will do" that leads me to think they are looking for something specific.
The more I thought about it, the more the one tail vise rail not being deep enough bothered me. I measured it this morning and it was 1/8" off so too much for me so I removed the vise and re-routed. Now it's in there perfect and I feel better about it even though it still operates the same. I put epoxy into the dog block screw holes and will re-drill tomorrow using the drill press like I should have the first time. Milled up a bunch of 8/4 for the 6 rails and also glued up the leg blanks. Those are going to be some beefy legs. A little more squeeze out than I like but the blanks are over sized and that will get cut of at the bandsaw. Rumor has it there might be a Jet Black Friday sale but I still love my old-school Bessey's.