Introduction: Nunchucks, Nunchakus How to Make Them. WEAPON NOT a TOY!

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1) wooden dowel rod or closet rod 1 1/2" Diameter about 3 feet long (you will have some scrap left over either 1 foot or 4 inches).
1) 3/8 drill bit and power 1/2 drill * BE CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE NEVER USED A DRILL ASK SOMEONE
1) Vice (to hold the dowel rod safely while drilling)
1) Crosscut handsaw or bandsaw or jigsaw if you have access to one (just for a cleaner cut)
1) Tape measure to measure the length of the dowel rod
(*Measure it twice and cut once* <-Rule of construction meaning you measure it twice then mark it and then cut it because you can always cut off more, but you can't add on to that which has had too much cut off)
1) 3-foot section of 3/16 NYLON BRAIDED ROPE
1) Book of matches or cigarette lighter (to melt the cut ends so that they don't unravel)
1) 3" long nail (this will help fish the rope through the holes be careful so as not to jab yourself requiring a tetanus shot)

1) Pencil

1) Flathead screwdriver

2) Adjustable band clamps 1 1/2"

*Nunchucks (1 1/2 inch dia. about 12" long or 16" depending if your about 6 feet tall or taller just to make them easier to use).

Step 1: Step 1

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Step 1) Take dowel rod or closet rod and using either a hand saw (mark your rod with a pencil then use a band clamps tightened just enough so that it doesn't move on either side of the line and saw this will give you a straight cut), jig saw or band saw and cut it into 2 pieces either 12" long if you are shorter than 6 feet tall 16" if you're taller *because of bigger hands and longer arms and body parts the Nunchucks have to go around parts of your body.

Step 2: Step 2

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Step 2) Take the 3/8 drill bit and put it into the chuck of the 1/2 drill and and tighten it and drill your Nunchuck handles straight through the center near the top about 1 1/2 from the top (Do not wear loose clothes or jewelry when doing this).

Step 3: Step 3

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Step 3) Drill 2 more holes on each side about  1/4 distance above the hole on a 45 Degree or so angle so that the holes come out  (Parallel to each other on the top of the Nunchuck see the black and white picture i did in Microsoft paint so it looks like the side view and the top looks like the the pigs nose picture only a little closer for example; sorry it's not a kosher picture but tough LOL it was the only thing I could think of plus it will make easier to replace the rope if you ever need to replace it unlike the black and white picture with the single hole on the top that you have got a lot more fishing the rope through to do to replace it).

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Step 4) Take the 3/16 nylon rope about 3 feet long you double it over (for strength and durability) and fish the cut ends of rope through 1 hole in the top of your Nunchuck use a nail to help fish it through  then out the side then fish it through the other side hole that goes all the way through horizontally then fish the ends up through the hole that comes out at the top make sure that both ends of the rope are the same and run them through the loop end of the rope and pull it taught so the looped end is sitting firmly on top of the Nunchuck.

Step 5: Step 5

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Step 5) Do the same with the other Nunchuck except when the 2 ends come out the top of the Nunchuck the distance that the rope should be 6" - 8" (you should already know why so that the rope distance will be sufficiently long enough to go around your shoulder that the Nunchucks  can beheld in both hands and that the Nunchucks handles are parallel  to each other.) then hook the ends of the rope around the doubled over rope so that when you do step six it will loop around the  the doubled rope.

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Step 6) Now for the fun part do the slip knot in this link below (just  a short distance a couple of inches from the ends and tie a simple knot so the knots wont come loose) just remember to loop the end of the second end through the first slip knot  one the first end and tie the slip knot on it.

Sequence to Tie a Slip Knot:

Slip Knot-1
Slip Knot Step 1. Start by folding a loop under to make two loops. By beginning the knot this way you can choose which side of the slip knot will slip to tighten or untie.

Slip Knot-2
Step 2. If you want the left side to slip, pass the left loop through the right loop; if you want the right side to slip, pass the right side through the left loop. As shown, the left rope is the slipping side.

Slip Knot-3
Step 3. Tighten the slip knot by hand around the loop so it tightens evenly.

And you are done just remember THIS IS A WEAPON AND NOT A TOY   so if you hit yourself in the head and cause yourself a concussion or hurt yourself reproductive wise you were WARNED!

*Side note this can also be used for a 3 sectional staff using three 3 foot (cut down to 33 inches except for the center rod which is 30 inches = 9 feet) 1 1/2 inch dia. dowel rods the middle rod will have to be drilled on both ends and more rope maybe needed of course.



wrksnfx (author)2016-07-23

Thanks for the 50K+ views.

I have added to the list of items needed, 1) Pencil, 1) Flathead
screwdriver, 2) Adjustable gear clamps that can adjust to 1 1/2".

wrksnfx (author)2016-07-23

Over 50,000 views in 6 years that's awesome thank you.

wrksnfx (author)2015-10-26

Over 40K in views THANK YOU!

wrksnfx (author)2015-08-03

Over 36K in views, what next 50K 100K a quarter of a million? :-)

wrksnfx (author)2015-06-05

Five years and almost 35K views that is almost an average of 7K per. year.

wrksnfx (author)2015-05-03

33K+ views in 5 years man I a amazed, now if my financial service business in Michigan, was doing as awesomely, it would be great.

wrksnfx (author)2015-02-24

30K+ views, I would have NEVER believed it.

wrksnfx (author)2015-01-11

Almost 30K views in 5 years. Thank you all!

wrksnfx (author)2014-12-23

27K views in 4 1/2 years thank you all.

wrksnfx (author)2014-12-02

Over 26K views in just under 5 years OMG! THANK YOU!

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wrksnfx (author)2014-07-28

OMG almost 20K views in 4 years and 1 month!

wrksnfx (author)2014-05-29

Over 15,000 views in less than 4 years WOW!

wrksnfx (author)2014-05-06

Wow when I created this ible, that I would EVER see something that I created read by almost 14,000 people OMG in just under 4 years or 3,500 views per year.

Thank you all.


Skarin_Blackraven (author)2014-02-09

To all who like this check area codes against such things as they are generally illegal in most states as they are seen as concealed weapons so check and get a permit for them, also nice job!

In some states they are illegal to carry or own, while in some states like mine you can own them, however you just can't carry them, New York we can't yet I revived training them

wrksnfx (author)2014-02-11

WOW! Over 10,000 views in 4 years 4 months and 19 days. THANK YOU ALL!

wrksnfx (author)2013-09-22

WOW! In just 3 years, 3 months and 22 days, and this instructable is just 49 views away from 6,000 views.

wrksnfx (author)2013-08-10

Just 3 years and some change and over 5000 views WOW!

wrksnfx (author)2013-04-04

WOW almost 4 years old and nearly 4,000 views THANKS!

wrksnfx (author)2011-05-14

I PERSONALLY want to THANK everyone who has viewed this instructable and getting it to almost 100 views a month in less than 1 year!


jtobako (author)2010-06-04

What's needed now is an instructable called "How not to hit yourself in the back of the head with your new nunchucks"...

wrksnfx (author)jtobako2010-06-06

If you ever paid attention Bruce Lee NEVER swung them backwards where he could be hit either in the back of the head or groin; still learn to tilt your head to the opposite side that way you lower the odds of hitting yourself.

EmcySquare (author)wrksnfx2011-02-17

this might seems blasphemy to most, but Bruce Lee was not the god of nunchucks, but the one that made them famous. This does not mean that if he did not use a technique it should not be done. That would also go agains the principle of JetKuneDo itself!
You can swing the chucks backwards, from under your opposite armpit up to over the shoulder, and sometimes you need to do it to get control back afther a downward swing.
It's not the head that has to be tilet, is the chuck that has to be driven at the side of the head in a spiral, not circular, motion

wrksnfx (author)2010-07-27

I updated step six and included 3 images of the knots.

unkldave (author)2016-07-18

I'm working on a set of nunchakus made from a seasoned switch handle, and am using a small hand router to allow the rope to lie flush. Your 'chunks look great. What kind of finish would you recommend?

wrksnfx (author)unkldave2016-07-23

Whatever finish you prefer, that's because their your nunchakus, unless you are sending them to me for my birthday present, however you may think of using tung or linseed oil to finish them, because if you are going to be using them they'll take a beating and any paint or stain is going to be messed up.

AtanasA (author)2015-06-19

WARNING! Regardless of measuring twice or even more it's still have a risk the rod to stay short yet, no matter how much you cut it.

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