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How to Build Professional Juggling Torches

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Today I am going to show you how to make professional juggling torches. This is also my entry for the woodworking contest. My idea for this started sometime ago. I have always been amazed about juggling fire and knifes. So like everyone else who wants to learn how to juggle I first learned how to juggle juggling balls. After I learned those I built my own clubs and learned those. Finally I was ready to try and learn how to juggle fire. But every were I checked online I found out that each torch costs around 50-75 dollars a piece! That is when I decided to make my own.
 
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Step 1: Gathering the Materials

Tools:
lathe
gouge
scrapper
tape measure
pencil
caliper
drill

Materials:
wood (4x4x20.25in)
Aluminum tape
Kevlar wicks or Kevlar gloves
paint (I recommend spray paint)


Step 2: Turning the rectangle into a Circle

Probably the most time consuming part of this project. The idea of this is to take the piece of wood and keep chiseling the wood away until it's round. To do this first you need to put your wood in your lathe and start it up, remembering to start off at a slow speed and constantly turning the wheel to hold the wood better so you wont chip the wood. Now using your gouge slowly move up and down the lathe until it is almost perfectly round. don't forget to constantly check the check the diameter of the wood using your Caliper. Your goal diameter is about 2in so you have a lot of extra wood to work with. like I said this is probably the most time consuming part and the most boring but stick with it.
Good 'ible! Can you tell me how you worked out the handle length for the balance? Is 1/3 right always for the tip? Is the wood just pine? I wonder if 2" dowel rod would be a good starting blank (if it's available that thick)? I'm going to suggest that it would be good to make a shape template from card so that all three (or more!) clubs are the same. Just cut a shape which is half the outline of your finished ideal shape so that you can place it on the piece of wood being turned (always make sure the lathe is off when doing this). That way you should never shave off too much by mistake and you can repeat the shape again and again. I hope this makes sense. If not I'll post a photo. You could also use a scrap piece of wood with panel pins nailed through at the right distances to use as a marker for where to turn your shoulders. Basically a jig that can quickly mark where to start your cut and again be used to make exact replicas.
phynicfirebird (author)  happyluckyidiot3 years ago
Ya i guess it makes sense kinda of. But instead of going through all that hassle you could just leave the part right above the bulb around 1in diameter then the top part right under the torch part around 2in diameter. By the time you get it tapered it will be perfect no matter how many clubs you need to make. Here is a pic to explain it more. hope it helps. The picture is basically showing that if you leave about 1 in. from the torch part around 2in diameter and 1 in from the bottom bulb around 1 in diameter your tapering should be perfectly fine no matter how many torches you make. Also yes i think you could make them out of a 2in. dowel but i couldn't fine one also they can be pretty expensive also if you use a 2in dowel you already have the top of the handle diameter so there is no way to fix it if you mess up.
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phynicfirebird (author) 3 years ago
Thank you, I agree nothing feels better then making something from nothing and working hard for your stuff. I think this came out really well in the end. If you guys really like it please vote for me in the woodworking contest.
canida3 years ago
Very nice!

I bought my brother a set of torches a while back, but these look much better. Certainly homemade is more personal!
ElvenChild3 years ago
I won't rate this 5 stars because I already have two many favorites but it is good
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