15The word of the LORD came to me: 16"Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.' 17Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
--Ezekiel 37: 15-17, NIV
That was the scripture reading, and I was asked to make a prop. A stick to use. God gave Ezekiel kind of decent instructions, but they're pretty vague. If only He had used Instructables.
Note: This Instructable is not intended to promote any religion or teaching. It was just an excuse to use that title. Please, no flame Crusades. Apologies if I offend anyone with my sacrilege.
Step 1: The Stick
Okay, got a stick. Old sycamore, so it's lightweight but decently sturdy. Scraped off loose bark and trimmed it down a bit.
Step 2: Israel Divided
According to the original instructions, you're supposed to use two sticks. I just used one and halved it. I sure hope that's okay.
I drew some nice straight lines on the straightest part of the stick, which allows me to drill a straight hole so they at least a little bit line up in the end.
Step 3: Oh, the Puns.
Yes, it's now a holey stick. I said it.
This chunk of heavy-ish dowel rod happened to be the same size as a drill bit I had, unlike the broomstick that I tried to turn down and was lucky NOT to break the lathe. I didn't particularly care if they were perfectly lined up, so I just found a drill bit the right size and jammed the whole thing under the drill press. Exciting.
Step 4: Nations, Unite!
We must save the city!
So, Israel's totally united now. Just thought you all might want to know.
This Instructable has sunk to a level far beneath any of the other nonsense I've posted. I have plenty of other projects in the works, but this is the only one with a deadline. Sorry I wasted your server space, Eric.