Step 1: Materials and Tools
In addition you will need a pine slat 1.5 X .25 two pieces cut about 10 inches long and another about 4 inches long.
You will need some wood glue, a drill and 7/8 inch wood bit and counter bore ( a 1 inch wood bit will also work).
Some sort of cutting and sanding implements. I used a stationary belt/drum sander from Rigid
Step 2: Prepare the Holder
Begin by cutting and shaping the longer pieces on the sander. This is fairly quick with an 80 grit belt. The should resemble a fork without the tines when complete. The narrow end should be no narrower than 7/8 inches.
Cut the short piece so that it is roughly the same width as the narrow end of the shaped pieces.
Glue and clamp the short piece of slat at the base of the narrow end.
Step 3: Make the Base
Secure the 2X3 in a vise so that one end is facing
Use a 1 inch drill bit and drill about 1 to 1.5 inches deep.
Use a 7/8 inch bit as drill all the way through the 2X3. Keep the hole as centered as possible.
Use the counter bore to enlarge one end so that is flares to about 1 inch. (Skip this is you used a 1 inch bit.
Cut and shape the 2X3 inch a rough hand piece. You can leave the larger end flared to the 2X3 dimensions if you need a flat hilt near the work area or you can take it down to a cone shape as I did.
Leave the drilled hole a little rough as this will aid in gripping later.