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I recently got a comment asking if I was going to make an instructable showing how I make the wands that I sell. Well this is it! I will show you how to turn a wooden wand on a lathe! I will, however, say in advance that this is a bit hard to do so I hope you have a lot of patience.
 
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Step 1: What you'll need!

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You will need the following:

A log or square block of wood (I chose willow).
a lathe.
a few chisels to carve with.
some sandpaper (I used 300 grit, 180 grit, and 80 grit.)
a hack saw or an extremely fine toothed saw.
wood stain (I used english chestnut, but you could use whatever you want).
lacquer or varnish (optional)
2 old rags or 2 paintbrushes that you don't mind getting destroyed.

Step 2: Round Out Your Wood.

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Get your log or block to a point that it is a nice cylinder on the lathe. Do this by taking a gouge chisel and carving it down.
Now make to lines on the wood to show where the ends of it are. To make the lines, just drag a pencil where your line will be and do the same on the other end. I made my wand 12 and a half inches long.

Step 3: Shape your wand.

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Now you're going to want to start to chisel down your wood so it starts to take shape. My wand design is a straight shaft all the way down to the end where it meets a bulb-like shape. You could use a detail chisel to start to get that basic shape.

Step 4: Preventing a Problem.

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The problem I'm talking about is the fact that when the wand's shaft starts to get thin it could very easily snap or break in half. To prevent this from happening, you could do what I like to call "spindling". To do this you can put on a glove and put your hand on the wood while it's spinning. Grip it loosely and carve the rest of it down using this method. This will reduce the pressure and the chances of the wand breaking.

MrBaggins8 months ago
good job :) it reminds me of remus lupins wand :)
ThePie1 year ago
Can i put glue gun patterns and paint them bronze?
HPandLOTR (author)  ThePie12 months ago
If you want to... Um... I sell wands on ebay so I kind of go for in all wood and wood stain kind of thing. Maybe I'll do that though! Thanks!
mikaleda1 year ago
Lol I recognized it right away, its defiantly a wand.
HP= Harry potter I would assume, and LOTR= lord of the rings I assume.
Am I correct?

HPandLOTR (author)  mikaleda1 year ago
yep! I really enjoy both of those series!
Me too, I'm reading the Harry potter series for like the sixth time, I don't know why I have it memorized almost by now.
After that I'll probably read The Lord of the rings series again too :grin:
Do you have to use wood stain?
HPandLOTR (author)  thepixelartist1 year ago
It's up to you. It looks kind of rough and nasty without it but one time I did just put lacquer straight over the wood and left it like that. But no, you don't have to if you don't want to.
HPandLOTR (author) 1 year ago
This is not a shillelagh, it is only 12 and a half inches long and the diameter of the knob at the bottom is 1 and a half inches. It is a wooden wand. Thanks for the comment, though! :)
Please reply to the comment next time so people can be informed. Although yours is not a walking stick, the link in my comment takes you to a picture of shillelaghs of different shapes and sizes.
HPandLOTR (author)  blkhawk1 year ago
well, this is not a shillelagh. It is barely 12inches.
blkhawk1 year ago
This wand or club that you have made is also called a shillelagh and it served as a weapon for centuries in Ireland.