My First Turning Project

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Project by bamabubba posted 04-22-2011 02:10 AM 1202 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I guess this would be my second turning attempt, but my first project here on LJ :) I made one of these (even cruder, if you can imagine that) years ago for my oldest son. My youngest is now 6, an loves Harry Potter. He was begging for one of the over-priced ones they sell so I decided to make him one of his own. I scrounged up a scrap of 1 inch oak dowel I’ve had collecting dust in the garage for a few years. Turning this thing taught me one major thing: MY GOUGES NEED SHARPENING!

It is oak, as I said, sanded to 220 and with a light walnut stain coat. Its overall length is 11 inches. It’s a little small for me but I figured it would be just right for little hands.

-- --God bless! Brandon

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 02:15 AM

What a great idea, never thought of turning a wand before, hope he enjoys it, and once he has practised, you should get him to conjour up some wood for your future projects, be a lot cheaper ;)

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 02:24 AM

And what a wonderful start

-- Norman

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 04:30 PM


I’ll definitely have him trying to figure out that wood conjuring spell…some fiddleback maple would be nice :)

-- --God bless! Brandon

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 10:56 PM

Funny, my first turning project was also a wand. Never could quite figure how to get the Unicorn hair or Phoenix feather into the core though. ;)

Nice work Dad! I bet he loves it.


-- Chris Knowles, Mount Hope, Ontario,

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 05:51 AM

I’ve started turning wands as well. Have a niece up at college who is on a quiddich team (no, really) – so I figure they need wands. Kinda fun!

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 11:16 AM

I made couple of wands myself. Something like yours. Lot of fun for kids. Couple of blue marks on the skin too. Mr. Potter watch out!

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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#7 posted 09-27-2011 05:40 AM

I’ll be making my son one soon. He got one of the overpriced ones from his grandparents but it is too fragile to play with. Consider using cabinet knobs and small finials below the handle for an added touch.

-- Derek St.Louis, MO

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