Introduction: How to Make a Bamboo Lacrosse Shaft

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There are titanium, aluminum, scandium, and wood shafts. Now...the bamboo shaft!

Of course one is not usually going to play with this in a game, but it has a little bit of extra weight to practice with and build up muscle strength.

This obviously does not have the strength of metal shafts, but it has feel and weight to improve your game.

  • I am not liable for splinters caused by broken bamboo shafts. I do not recommend using this in games, just for use in practice with little contact. It is perfect for your shot practicing.

BUT, it will definitely turn some heads and make you popular!

Lets get started.

Step 1: Materials

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Here is what you will need:

  • A piece of dried bamboo. From 32-36" long. I used a 36" piece, just because I can always cut it down if it feels too long. But remember, there are restrictions. Typically, the rules state that an Attackmen/Midfield shaft should be 40-42", but I feel that it is too long.
  • Lacrosse head of course STX, Warrior, Brine, Gait/Debeer
  • A Screw for the head and shaft Screw $0.50
  • Butt End AKA End Cap End Cap $3.00 a pack
  • Saw
  • Dremel Tool
  • Spray Paint
  • Electrical tape or painters tape

Step 2: Choosing Your Bamboo

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As you are choosing your piece of bamboo, you want a piece that has a long portion that is extremely straight.

You can usually tell if the width of the shaft is good, by the bottom of the rod. Slide the bottom of the rod onto the head and see if it fits snugly. This is extremely important, because if it does not fit snugly, then it will not be very functional as a lacrosse stick.

Try not to go for the moldy piece of bamboo. Make sure it strong, and light. Well, as light as you can get it. It will be cut down.

Step 3: Measure Twice, Cut Once

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I measured the bamboo to 36". It is perfect length for me, but for some it is a little bit too long.

A shaft I bought a few days ago was 33", so you should cut it a few inches long just to make sure you have enough room to trim it down a little bit.

Step 4: Cutting Time

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Clamp up the bamboo rod, and get your saw handy!

Take your saw, and cut through both of the lines that you drew with your pencil.

If any splits occur during this process, make the split end, the end you put your end cap on.

Step 5: Smooth Out the Ends

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Take your Dremel Tool or rotary tool, and smooth out the ends of the bamboo rod. That way, it can fit more securely in the head, as well as in the end cap.

Safety tip:
  • The bamboo has some pieces that can fly off when using the rotary tool. Use goggles, save an eye.

Step 6: Drill Hole and Test Screw

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First slide the head onto the shaft. Take a pencil and poke it into the screw hole of the lacrosse head.

Slide the head off, and take your Dremel/rotary tool and drill a hole through the dot that you outlined.

If the hole is not big enough, or does not compare in size to the hole on the lacrosse head, make sure that you extend the hole a little bit more. I just went in a few circles with the Dremel tool until the hole got bigger.

Now slide the head back on and insert the screw. The screw should be snug inside the bamboo.

Now that you know it fits, take the head and screw off the bamboo rod, because it is time to paint!

Step 7: Tape Up Your Decals!

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If you do not feel like painting your shaft, you can stop here. But if you want some sweet decals, read on!

I used electrical tape on my stick in a few different designs. The tape covers up the portion of bamboo color that you still want on your shaft. The untaped will be the color of the paint that you use.

I first did a zig-zag formation, then a "pixel" type tape job. At the bottom I just added my name in tape, and so on.

This step is up to you.

One tip:
  • I used a lighter to heat up the tape, and this improves the bonding between the tape and the bamboo. It just holds a little better, but it is just as easy to peel off.

Step 8: Build Your Painting Rig

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This was a sort of clutch rig I made.

I stuck the excess bamboo into a tree. Then, I stick the end of the bamboo shaft onto the end of the excess. This way, I could stand up and spray paint the shaft, and not use newspaper.

Clutch I say, clutch!

Step 9: Painting Time!

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I used a silver spray paint I found in our workshop.

Use any color you like!

Apply a neat coating to the bamboo portion of the shaft. Leave no empty spots behind!

It is pretty self explanatory. Shake the can, spray the bamboo.

Step 10: Wait for the Paint to Dry

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As you wait for your paint to dry...

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Step 11: Paint Dried? Good!

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Now that your paint has dried, 'tis time to peel the tape off.

This is the moment of truth.

Not really, but this carefully peel the tape off of your shaft. Being careful not to scratch the paint off, and voila!

Step 12: Re-attach the Head

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Now, reattach the head onto the newly designed bamboo shaft.



LucaB24 made it! (author)2016-08-11

Here is the new one: Talon Tribute Head with wood-grain dye job on a Calcutta Bamboo Shaft. The wood-grain makes the Native American Icons on the head really come alive! Still working on the shaft--need to add some pyrography.

LucaB24 made it! (author)2016-08-11

I changed the head to a Powell Pioneer and added the "eyecon". Shoots much better!

LucaB24 made it! (author)2015-12-21

Here it is: Agonizer. Iron Bamboo with Clutch Head, StringKing 2s Silver Mesh and Blue strings & Laces. Pyrography used to make grips and name on shaft. Getting the pattern down was the toughest part. I had help from a friend who started to sketch it out for me and then I continued it before burning.

Total cost for this project: It depends. If you have a strung head then just the cost of the Iron Bamboo (also known as Calcutta) $12-20 depending on the length. If you factor in : Cost of the head $20-$100 + Cost of the Mesh $32.

My Cost: $50. I have about 12 hours into this project (if you include stringing the head and the grip pattern). Would I do this again, absolutely! I came across a link to a video made by Mike Powell ( that talks about the stick finding you--well this one did!

LucaB24 made it! (author)2015-12-09

Here is the new shaft as a defensive stick. The Diameter is smaller that the one below.

LucaB24 made it! (author)2015-12-03

Here is the same shaft with a Brine Encore X head. I had to add some LAX tape to get it to not wobble. Head is on firm and this stick hits really hard. I tried a few face-offs and worked like a charm. The next one I make is going to be called Agonizer. The Bamboo Shafts were just shipped out from Treeline USA. As soon as I finish the project, I will post more pics!

LucaB24 made it! (author)2015-12-01

Here are pictures of the old shaft without the head. I took a regular shaft and traced a pattern. Then I used a Dremel tool to sand down the top. It is a bit rough, but it forms a tight fit. I wouldn't use it for face-offs until I take a solid rod and put it down the center of the shaft to re-reinforce the had. Iron Bamboo can be found at TreelineUSA. The new one will be a defensive stick.

LucaB24 (author)2015-12-01

I would suggest using Iron Bamboo and shaving it down. I did this and fit a Brine Clutch on it. I used an old hiking stick that I wasn't using anymore. It held up really well. I am now making another one with a different Iron Bamboo Shaft and then I will add more pyrography to it.

brilliant999 (author)2014-07-27

We are manufactuer of bambo products and we want to make bamboo lacrosse shaft and stick.some body send me sample of shaft and stick if he want i will pay the charges thanks your answer is help for us

kchaudhary1 (author)2014-02-07

Thanks for sharing this blog.I like this blog very much. really such an nice and decent information shared here with awesome stuff.

freeza36 (author)2012-03-20

I have a Maverik H2 Scandium Titanium defense stick. It is beast. Has a brine encore head.

pimpin M (author)2010-11-10 check out my friends lax blog

yomama123 (author)2008-06-06

where r u from?????? im from florida and there an attack or middys stick is 30'

dpr (author)yomama1232010-07-27

its universally the same

Boxcarcrzy12 (author)yomama1232009-01-16

the shaft yes, over all 40-42

dpr (author)2010-07-27

brine finalizer is where its at

jlann (author)2010-01-30

this is the hardest part for sure

LaxLuvr (author)2008-04-11

Sweet! how tough is it?

Dirk5 (author)LaxLuvr2008-05-25

tough enough to take a face off I just used mine in a game... and i also put a piece of copper tubing in myn for stability

jlann (author)Dirk52010-01-30

did the officials actualy let you use it in game??

jlann (author)2010-01-30

this is awesome.. i made a few short poles and one long, the long worked pretty decent actualy haha

austink123 (author)2009-08-11

Would this work for a long pole or would it break?

Brennn10 (author)austink1232009-08-12

It isn't sturdy enough. You know how when you cut a piece of bamboo down, it is tough to lift it up and all that?

Airsoft_Maniac_96 (author)2009-04-30

this is sweet

AnarchistAsian (author)2009-03-30

if you buy some nice bamboo and finish it with oil, the stick could be very strong, nice instructable, i play lacrosse now

nfLAX (author)2009-02-26

um i play long pole and whrer can i get bamboo like home depot? nice instructable though also for anyone else trying making a stick out of a tree ill probaly make an instructable for it some time

Brennn10 (author)nfLAX2009-02-26

I actually found this bamboo in my back yard. I let it dry, and then used it. I bet you can find it somewhere in a wooded area. It grows like crazy!

turtleshane (author)2008-08-14

what if the bamboo doesn't fit? how would you make it thicker? I was thinking a wooden ring would suffice, but idk if it would work.

i make shooting things (author)2008-07-19

Hey i made a LaX group and added ur instructable.

Neat! Thanks!

OhWheelie (author)2008-07-18

Will this really make me popular?

schmidtty (author)2008-07-07

does anyone else have a warrior villian?

fireandshadows (author)2008-03-19

ive got a maverik wonderboy shaft and a custom strung warrior evolution 2.0 head. by the way, there is a really cooltalon butt end that is ten bucks. I might have to try this when I get some bamboo.

schmidtty (author)fireandshadows2008-07-07

evolution 2.0 is the best i love mine.

Brennn10 (author)fireandshadows2008-03-19

Neat, my brother has a Wonderboy. I use the original Titan Pro, and my backup is a Scandium. I have a Profile and a Proton Power.

LaxLuvr (author)2008-06-15

is this legal to use in a game

Brennn10 (author)LaxLuvr2008-06-15

To tell you the truth, I am not sure. I probably would not take any chances with it.

lax rocks (author)2008-05-30

i made one of a pine branch anc it rocked

ledzep567 (author)2008-03-12

i have a the brine Edge and F-15 in defense ofcourse. i dont think this would work too well for a defense shaft. does it flex at all when you shoot? more importantly, have you broken it yet?

Brennn10 (author)ledzep5672008-03-14

It flexes a little bit when I shoot, but I am not planning on trying it in a game.

ledzep567 (author)Brennn102008-03-14

yea, if an offensive stick flexes i wouldn't advise using it in a game haha i blew my mesh for the second time in 2 weeks. and im not talking about the sidewall string, there literally a hole in the mesh. and i started doing an instructable on stringing a lacrosse head.

i make shooting things (author)2008-03-12

Awesome great job, i just started lacrosses and im trying to get my friend in it i have a brine 6000 series with a Brine head for free.(obviously a beginner stick) I have a second Brine head but no shaft perfect match. (Bamboo By far is my Fav Building material)

nerdherd4life (author)2008-03-02

Im rollin with a warrior levitation with a brine clutch with a rock-it pocket. I play middie and it it is super light and still withstands hard checks. Its a great stick.

nerdherd4life (author)2008-02-24

Brine Answer right???? Sick head. I made a stick out of a old broom stick one time and the solid wood hurt SO much. lol. Nice job im gunna make one of those bamboo sticks now.

fireandshadows (author)2008-02-19

did you dye the head yourself? sweet instructable by the way. +1

Brennn10 (author)fireandshadows2008-02-19

Yea I died it a while ago. Thanks!

austin (author)2008-02-10

seem like it would not hold up for a d-shaft but i bet it works great for midi or attack

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-02-10

Awesome. I've always wanted to play lacrosse, but never got a chance to. Great instructable

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-10

Awesome Instructable Brennn10!
Lacrosse is hard for me kind of, and you're posting awesome stuff!
I repeat--awesome!!!

Keep up the great work, your stuff is always awesome. :-)
+1 rating.

Brennn10 (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-10

Thanks dude!

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