Eddie's Wand - Turning

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Project by Dragonstaar posted 08-07-2010 04:43 AM 2431 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started as a 1.5” x 1.5” x 18” piece of Cocobolo. I pre-drilled one end to accept a quartz crystal and used a 60deg live center in the tailstock to hold that end.

Had the usual issues turning a long length of wood with tool chatter and material-flexing. And, yes, the pre-drilled end failed … fortunately with a clean split. I was able to superglue the pieces together, then turned a protective jam-fit collar to go over the glued end and against the tailstock.

Had lotsa fun turning the handle portion, kinda goin’ a little crazy with my new detail tool.

Finishing up the piece tomorrow and will post photos when completed.

-- Susannah, Colonial Beach VA

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 07:33 AM

Nice ! Real nice!

I should put that on my bucket list, I bet my granddaughter would have some real fun with a wand. Thanks!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 11:13 AM

Great looking wand Susannah, can’t wait to see the finished photos! A lot of LumberJocks claim to have woodworking in their blood, but that third photo makes it look like it is in more than your blood, it is taking you over!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 08-07-2010 11:14 AM

Really nice.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 08-07-2010 02:12 PM

Very nicely done.

I’m curious as to how (or if) you finished it. Cocobolo looks pretty good without any finish.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 08-07-2010 03:03 PM

Wand looks great. I made dozens of them during my kids younger days with Harry Potter being the rage.

Two things that might help:

1.) Don’t use a 60 degree center. It’s a big wedge, and if you overtighten it, it will split the wood everytime. It will also introduce vibrations because it is pushing on the wood, which flexes it.

2.) There are two kinds of people in the world: folks who are allergic to cocobolo, and folks who will be allergic to cocobolo. The allergy is built up over time with exposure. I almost broke into hives just looking at the last picture with the shavings on your hands (I am highly allergic these days, after years of turning it) It may not be the best wood to pick for something that gets handled so much.

-- Steven

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#6 posted 08-07-2010 03:51 PM

Very cool! Looks Great.

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

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 01:54 AM

@Rich – the wand is not yet sanded or finished in any of these photos. I’m intending to use a wax polish to give this beautiful wood an awesome glow.

-- Susannah, Colonial Beach VA

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