Wands for Harry Potter Party

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Project by InventorFisher posted 08-02-2015 07:47 PM 1056 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, a few years ago, my oldest son asked for a Harry Potter party. My wife said, “Let’s make wands for each of the kids to take with them.” She showed me some cheeze-doodle pintrest wands made from dowels, paint, and glitter. They weren’t cool. So, I dug into my scrap woods and found a bunch of oak, maple, and cherry slats. I cut them to size and started playing with all my sanders (especially the sanding drum attached to the drill press and my trusty Dremel tool). Well, after 8 hours (and 7 wands completed), I finally asked my wife “how many of these things do we need?” Unfortunately, she had showed some prototypes to church friends and the word got out. We had 24 kids coming. I did the math and tried to figure out a more efficient way to make wands. In the end, I probably spent 20 hours on 28 wands and realized several things – kids really like wands and I needed a more productive creative outlet. Three years later, my kids still have their wands, as do a few kids in the neighborhood (though they are all getting too cool to talk about it). I also had a dozen requests from Facebook friends for wands. My only excuse for saying “no” is that my day job gets in the way. My suggestion is that, if you really need to go crazy and do something silly, build some majestic wands. You can’t go wrong. Finally, if you get your magical wand to work, let me know how. From what I can tell, that Land Rover Defender 110 isn’t going to drive itself into my driveway without something magical happening along the way!

-- Inventor Fisher

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 12:59 AM

I think my Land Rover Discovery has a magic wand that makes money disappear from my wallet.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 01:15 AM

I have a Jaguar S-Type, so the magical money thing hits me, too. Why I lust for the Defender is beyond understanding or reason.

-- Inventor Fisher

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 02:51 PM

No good deed goes unpunished :-)

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 03:07 PM

Very cool. Unfortunately I made the mistake of showing these to my wife. I might be making a batch of wands for future birthday parties. Hahaha.

-- This is not the signature line you are looking for.

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 07:48 PM

TheGreatJon – sucker! If you do it, don’t be cheesy. My kids bought “real” Harry Potter wands in Florida and concluded they liked the box more, but our wands were better. I felt like a million bucks. Good luck!

-- Inventor Fisher

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#6 posted 08-04-2015 05:59 PM

Good thing you did not say anything on the forum about the party. I am sure many of us would have showed up on your door step!

Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brad, Texas,

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