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Project by sepeck posted 05-31-2019 09:00 PM 779 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally found some time and motivation to work in the shop again. A friend mentioned his wife would love a wand (ahem: some time ago) and given her theatrical side, hers is the one with soft maple blade. It’s also the first one I did a separate piece for the end of the handle (walnut). The blade part is meant to be along the lines of bones.

My wife volunteers in the elementary school library where my daughter goes, so the group of wands were made for them to choose from since they are completing 6th grade and graduating to a new school. They loved them. Made with Big Leaf Maple blades and walnut handles.

The last was a quickly made one for a friend of my daughter who was having a birthday. It’s made with Big Leaf Maple. I dyed the handle part with black leather dye. I didn’t have time to make a separate handle and thought to experiment. Overall it worked out but if I am going to dye woods I need to experiment a lot more.

All of them are finished with Cpt Eddies shone juice formula and paste wax. It’s fast and easy.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org





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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 05-31-2019 11:55 PM

Great wands. Did you attach the two woods with turned tenons?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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SMP

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#2 posted 06-01-2019 12:46 AM

Very cool. I made some when my kids were into harry potter. Btw, if you make the handle from walnut or white oak(or any high tannin wood) you can ebonize it really easy with vinegar and steel wool solution. Comes out really nice if done right. It won’t ebonize other woods the same, or you can mask it off with masking tape, i’ve done that too on a solid walnut one.

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sepeck

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#3 posted 06-01-2019 04:43 PM



Great wands. Did you attach the two woods with turned tenons?

- bobasaurus


Yep. And I used epoxy to secure them together, it’s been a durable combination so far. They mostly go to kids and I don’t expect them to be treated with delicacy :)

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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sepeck

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#4 posted 06-01-2019 04:45 PM



Very cool. I made some when my kids were into harry potter. Btw, if you make the handle from walnut or white oak(or any high tannin wood) you can ebonize it really easy with vinegar and steel wool solution. Comes out really nice if done right. It won’t ebonize other woods the same, or you can mask it off with masking tape, i’ve done that too on a solid walnut one.

- SMP

I didn’t know that you could ebonize walnut. I’m going to have to try this. Since I use these to practice turning (I don’t practice enough) I should make a few more this time around so I have a little stock for surprise events.

Thanks

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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kiwilynne

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#5 posted 06-01-2019 07:42 PM

Awesome work. I’ve been meaning to turn some wands again, and experimenting with using two different wood types.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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sepeck

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#6 posted 06-01-2019 08:29 PM


Awesome work. I ve been meaning to turn some wands again, and experimenting with using two different wood types.

- kiwilynne


I turn the blades between centers generally. Mark where the tenon will be, finish it, then cut the tenon and turn the tip. Cut it off with a saw. Generally I use a chuck to turn the handles. Once it’s round, I drill the hole on the lathe and then finish turning it. This time because I was in a time crunch, I turned the handles between center points, but frankly I lost time drilling holes in them because centering them was a pain.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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