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How to make a set of wooden Runes.

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This shows how to make the set of 24 runes, but I'm no expert on how to use them.
They are based on the Elder Futhark set, supposedly the oldest and original set, but If you can make one rune then you can make any form or set you like as long as you have the alphabet to copy from.
As regards tools, a saw and an old screwdriver is all you need for a basic set, there are certain types of wood which are favoured for the job such as Rowan, Elder and Holly, but for this instructable I will use Cherry as I have more than I know what to do with.
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools:

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Take care using sharp tools, and hot ones as they can hurt you.
If you are not an adult then you should borrow one for this project, do not attempt to burn the symbols without one.

Branch wood - around 40cm long and 25mm to 40mm diameter is a good starting point, use dry, seasoned wood as it may split or crack when drying out.
Saw - as fine toothed as possible so as to reduce the amount of sanding needed.
Sandpaper -  if required.
Old flat bladed screwdriver 5 - 7mm wide, or similar metal object which can be heated to red hot. (A pyrography iron is even better).
A good soldering iron of 75 - 120 watts can also be used but anything of lower wattage won't really get hot enough and could take for ever.
Wax - Beeswax, furniture wax or even candle wax can be used.
I've also included the Elder Futhark alphabet with divinitory meanings.

Step 2: Step one...

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Start by cutting the branch(es) into 24 slices approx 10 - 12mm thick or as thick as you want, Its a good idea to cut a few extra in case of accidents.
aledt1 year ago
what are you using under the branch on the bandsaw to hold it in place there? does it stop it from spinning as it goes through the blade or just keep it level?
I am in the shed! (author)  aledt1 year ago
Just a simple jig I made as my old bandsaw didn't have a mitre guide, it does keep the workpiece steady an so enables the pieces to be cut to a constant thickness. its good for general use as its set at 90 degrees.
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woodmagnet2 years ago
I've heard of rune stones but never would have
thought about making them. Well done for coming
up with the idea, plus it's "lo-cost" too. ;0)
l8nite2 years ago
hmm, cheap, interesting, looks like my kind of halloween haunt project !
I am in the shed! (author)  l8nite2 years ago
Thanks, but I'd prefer the term 'lo-cost' ;-)
gbearpdm2 years ago
I have copied all of your projects and would like to make them with some Scouts for a fund raiser. Do I need or may I have your permission to do so? Thanks for the nice easy Instructables!
I am in the shed! (author)  gbearpdm2 years ago
I take that as a complement!. As far as I'm concerned you have my permission to copy anything I submit!
I'm really pleased that someone else is hopefully going to also get pleasure from them, maybe you could report on the outcome?
Thank you
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