Magic Wands & Boxes

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Project by Rafe Demers posted 08-21-2013 04:00 AM 1885 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very good friend called and told me his sons are into “Harry Potter” and asked me if I could make some Magic Wands based on the books & movies. I figured this would be a good project to practice turning and set to it. I turned a couple of wands out of some tropical wood “seconds” I found at a local wood supplier and after turning them i thought they needed proper boxes to be presented in. I am not 100% sure of the species but I am pretty sure 1 is Cocabolo but the other I can’t quite tell. I made the boxes out of 1/4 Poplar and gave them a antiqued finish with spray enamel and stain. I designed and created the labels and gift cards as well. A few years ago I created the Owl Woodworking name and logo for my walking stick business and it turned out to be the perfect name for the wands as well. Anyone who knows about Harry Potter will understand the owl reference. The boys loved their gifts and after showing these around I got several more requests to make some. Looking forward to getting some more practice on the lathe.

Thanks for looking,


-- Rafe Demers

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 05:30 AM

Great work. I’m certain these will be a great hit!

-- Jim, Ca, [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 05:31 AM

What a great idea.
They look great. I like the boxes too and the sliding top is a nice touch.
Make me want to get in some well needed pratice.

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 03:01 PM

Our girls are huge Harry Potter fans. They would flip over something like this. You did a good job, and these will definitely make someone smile… which, in my opinion, is the whole point.

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 03:36 PM

These are all very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 04:30 PM

nice job, I had made a few before and now I fell I have to call them back and say sorry, these look so much better than mine

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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Rafe Demers

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 09:25 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. It definitely was a fun project and I am in process of making 6 more sets of wands and boxes, so more posts to come.


-- Rafe Demers

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