Introduction: X-Wing Starfighter

I made this X-Wing out of Maple burl with a few Walnut inlays. It's 9" long, it has a 10" wing span, and is 5" tall.

Step 1: Rough Turning the X-Wing Body

I'm starting out with a 10" X 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" piece of Maple. Turn this piece down to the basic shape, roughly a 9" X 2 1/2" cylinder.

Step 2: Laying Out the Ship's Hull

I used the indexer on the lathe to lay out the basic shape. I put a center line down both sides, and then went up 1/2" on each side. Do the same for the bottom, 1/2" down from the center line. The windshield is 6" from the nose, and 1 1/2" X 1/2"

Step 3: Carving the Ship's Hull

I tapered the nose cone, and used a woodworking chisel to take off most of the wood. After getting the shape defined, I sanded it with a DA with 100 grit sandpaper.

Step 4: Inlaying the Windshield and Wing Windows

I cut out three pieces of Walnut to inlay for the windows. The windshield is 1 1/2" X 1/2" The two side windows are 1 1/4" X 1/2" tapered to a point. I traced around all three pieces, and carved them out with a chisel. Glue them in flush to the hull. After the glue dries, sand till smooth.

Step 5: Cutting the Mortise for the Wings.

I used a high speed cutting wheel to cut the 4 mortise for the wings. 1 3/4" X 1/8" each

Step 6: Making the Wings

I cut the wings out on the band saw 4" X 2" X 1/4" taper the wings down to 1" at the tips. I used double sided tape to hold all four wings together, while I sanded them. I cut a tenon on the band saw on the 2" side of the wing 1 3/4" X 1/8". Drill a 1/8" hole in the 1" side "tip" of each wing. A drill press works best for this.

Step 7: Back of the Thrusters

You'll need four of these 2" X 1/2"

Put a small tenon on one end 1/4" X 1/4" this will be used to glue the front and rear thrusters together.

Step 8: Front of the Thrusters

You'll need four of these 1 1/2" X 1"

Use a 3/4" forester bit to drill in 1/2" on the front end. Put a 1/2" collar on the front end, and taper down 1/8".

Step 9: Back of the Cannons

You'll need four of these 1 1/2" X 1/2"

Drill a 1/8" hole in the front of each one. I put a small tenon on the back side of these as well for detail 1/4"X 1/4".

Step 10: R2D2

I just turned R2's head to mount behind the cockpit 1" X 3/4" My wife painted it after I sanded him.

Step 11: Front of the Cannons

You'll need four of these 5 1/2" X 3/8"

Tapered down to 1/4" About half way down the cannon. At the point it's 1/8"

Step 12: Drill a Off-center Hole in the Thruster

There are two pieces to each thruster.

Dill a slightly off-center 1/4" hole about 1/4" deep, in each of the four front pieces on the back side.

Step 13: Drill a Hole in the Rear Pieces of the Cannon

There are four rear cannon pieces.

Drill a 1/8" hole 1/4" deep in the center of each of the rear cannon pieces.

These holes are for the 1/8" dowels that will be used to mount the cannons to the tips of the wings.

Step 14: Glue the Thrusters Together

Glue the front and rear thrusters together.

Put a small bit of glue in the 1/4" hole, and glue the rear tenon in.

Step 15: Glue the Cannons Together

Glue the front and rear cannon parts together.

Place a small bit of glue in the 1/8" hole, and glue the front tenon in.

Step 16: Drill a 1/8" Hole in the Thrusters

After the glue dries on the trusters, Drill a 1/8" hole in the center of each of the four thrusters about 1/4" deep.

Step 17: Glue on the Cannons

Glue a 1/2" X 1/8" dowel in the hole you drilled in the back piece of each cannon.

Glue it to the tip of the wings in the 1/8" hole you drilled.

Step 18: Gluing the Thrusters on

Glue a 1/2" X 1/8" dowel in the front of the thrusters. Place on the wing, and mark the dowel position on the hull. drill a 1/8" hole in the hull to mount the thruster. Place a small bet of glue on the dowel, and glue in.

Step 19: Apply the Finish

I used Howard beeswax and Orange oil, but you can use any finish you like.

Step 20: I Hope You Enjoy This Project

The final step is to glue in R2D2 I put a bit of glue on the bottom, and set him in.


DanL63 (author)2016-12-30

very nice!

Jenna♥ (author)2016-01-18

this is amazing! great details thank you for sharing

Carl Jacobson (author)Jenna♥2016-01-18

Thank you very much Jenna!


WOW. I have now followed your Instructables page sir, and when I get my Youtube channel squared away I'll follow your channel as well. Keep up the good work!


Thank you very much!


No problem! You and your wife are amazing at what you do! Keep up the good work sir! Have a great year!

patricksworkshop (author)2016-01-13

awesome work thanks


Thank you Patrick!

jedii72 (author)2016-01-11

The wood working force is strong with this one. Very cool!

Carl Jacobson (author)jedii722016-01-12

:) Thank you!!

joeschmidt97 made it! (author)2016-01-11

Wow! Incredible woodwork! I did a pretty similar Instructables except I used paper poster board instead of wood. Great mind think a like eh? Haha but wow it looks stellar!


That looks great! I love all the detail. Thank you Joe!

alexeicharkham (author)2016-01-11

Just totally incredible. I take off my wig to you, sir!


lol Thank you Alex!

David Catriel (author)2016-01-11

Nicely done, and glad to see you're on instructables as well. Your youtube channel is very interesting!


Thank you so much David!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2016-01-11



Thank you very much!!

iluvasianchx (author)2016-01-11

f'ing brilliant


:) Thank you!!

kylegilbert (author)2016-01-10

Love your craftsmanship! Very impressive!


Thank you very much Kyle!

seamster (author)2016-01-10

This is fantastic, Carl. Thanks for sharing this great little x wing. I'm inspired!

Carl Jacobson (author)seamster2016-01-10

Thank you very much!

dmwatkins (author)2016-01-10

Beautiful work!!!

Carl Jacobson (author)dmwatkins2016-01-10

Thank you!

DanL63 (author)2016-01-10

Nice work

Carl Jacobson (author)DanL632016-01-10

Thank you!

Kal0uZ (author)2016-01-10

It's just Magic...

Bravo !

Carl Jacobson (author)Kal0uZ2016-01-10

Thank you!

Raitis (author)2016-01-10

I'm very surprised at how well it looks, but then again, I probably shouldn't be with such a skilled woodworker making it. Great project!

Carl Jacobson (author)Raitis2016-01-10

Thank you very much!

Bill WW (author)2016-01-09

Nice, Carl. I also saw this on your YouTube channel, you do get around.

Like the way you are bringing a lot of other tools into this project.

Take care,


Carl Jacobson (author)Bill WW2016-01-10

Thank you very much Bill.

Take care,


brazilianmaker (author)2016-01-10

Very nice build. Congrats.

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