Vampire Stake Attempt and Rosewood Hairstick

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 09-11-2010 12:46 AM 7243 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching the great video from the woodwhisper I had to try it out with some of my colored laminated wood. 16 inches long, shaft and handle around 1 1/2 inches thick. The video was great, funny and even if you didn’t lathe you would enjoy how well and funny it was. I did. Got some great looks and comments from fellow workers when they seen me finishing this at work. The 4th picture is unfinished, just to show you the contrast between whitewood and finished wood. This was easy to do and now I am much safer from any stray Vampire attacks, well at least while I am near my new blue stake…..

The Hair stick is made from the free bundle of Rosewood that I wrote a wood gloat about some time ago. I love turning this old wood, and every stick looks different when finished, some light and most a chocolate color. Stick is less than 3/4 inches thick, 6 1/2 inches long. You wrap long hair onto it and then stick the end down into the hair bun that you just twisted, looks cool in my wife’s hair.

Haven’t had too much time in the shop lately, just too busy, but that Vampire video was just the last straw to me getting that much needed shop time. I think that I will try one in blood red next? Thanks for reading!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 01:03 AM

Makes me want to go out and buy a lath, great job.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 01:12 AM

Really, really beautiful! Thanks for showing us. I will have to check out the video!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 02:05 AM

Ok! this is the colored wood I’ve been looking for… How do you do it? and will it work for a finger ring?
I’ve heard that you can dye the wood thru-out and then sand as desired? is this so? What Dye?
This stake is very cool and I think I live with the undead! Can I please borrow it?
Great Work! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 02:51 AM

Hi Mike,

Nice projects for sure. Your laminated wood supply is great. Great idea. Now, get a few lathe tool handles done and I’ll do a vampire stake.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 09-11-2010 02:57 AM

I’ll bring the stake sauce…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 09-11-2010 03:20 AM

Nice work! I need one of those for Vampire Stakes; you just never know when they will be by :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 09-11-2010 03:30 AM

great, I want to do one but I haven’t bought a chuck for my lathe yet!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 09-11-2010 03:48 AM

I watched the video a few hours ago and then logged on and saw this, ironic and great! I just set the lathe up on my total shop about 3 days ago…now I have something to do on it! I’m super excited!!!


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#9 posted 09-11-2010 03:50 AM

Ahh Van Helsing- Nice Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 09-11-2010 04:12 AM

Thanks for the comments. I will be making more of these. There enough weird people who might buy something like this! I didn’t use a chuck on mine, just the standard ends that came with the lathe. After all tool work was done and most of the sanding, I used a parting tool to narrow up the ends to around 3/16th inch and sanded again, and chop sawed them off, sanded the two areas on a bench sander and hand sanded the ends to clean them up.
The wood is from where I work, yea I know that is rough, but making gun stocks has it’s benfits!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#11 posted 09-11-2010 11:48 AM

I like it, I watched his video as well makes me want a lathe as well. Thx for posting.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 09-13-2010 03:51 PM

I watched that same videa a couple weeks ago, and it inspired me to make one too. Mine was just out of some cherry scrap though, I like the laminated one! It sure does get some strange looks when I show friends and family though…great job

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