I'm a part of a HEMA club and I want to make some training rondel daggers.
How would I go about doing it?
Keep in mind I have little woodworking skill and few tools.
what tools do you have?
this, make a sanding bow. you wont get the crisp tight curves, but should get something usable. also, round off the edges as much as possible with a knife or chisel, will be much faster than sanding it down. (don't use knife with drill and with drill press only if you have a centerpoint on the bottom too. too much sideways force otherwise.)
As previous posters said, lathe would be the right way to go.
Now I'm going to hijack this thread. Me and a friend are planning on doing some HEMA training at home and we are going to make wooden swords. The heaviest and hardest wood I can find here is Cumaru.
Does anyone have any experience working with it?
weight is not relevant- in fact, its more likely a hindrance.
A decent beech or ash is far more suited in that the material properties (split resistance) are ideal for training.
make a sword about 12-18mm thick, with normal proportions, and it'll handle right.
This. Hickory is also one of the best woods for split resistance, strength, and shock resistance.
Replacement axe or shovel handles might be a good starting point if the dimensions work for you. Good ones will be hickory or ash.
err sledge hammer handles was what I was thinking of. Axe handles typically aren't straight.
They use a different genus of oak to the ones found in Europe or America that is ever green: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak#Genus_Cyclobalanopsis
Probably won't find it easily in Europe or America.
Ash is probably the best available wood in Europe.
Hickory in America.
Spotted Gum in Australia