|Forum topic by RickB||posted 01-26-2010 06:47 PM||1850 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-26-2010 06:47 PM
Just brainstorming here…
I am a martial artist. One style which I have practiced uses a pole as a fighting tool. This pole is not like you might see in the movies with the dude holding it in the middle and flipping around both ends. Instead, this is held at one end and the other end is the striking surface… good for keeping someone with a blade at bay (but still horrible at blocking bullets :) ).
Anyway, what I’ve used is about 6 feet long, and about 1.25 – 1.5 inches in diameter. Think 6 foot long rod used to hang clothes on in a closet. These are usually made of oak. Problem is, after a couple of weeks of heavy use against another pole, the thing breaks.
How would one go about making one of these?
A lumber yard near my home has Lignum Vitae for sale, and I have read somewhere that that is the hardest wood that is out there. So I was kicking around making a pole out of this wood.
Would you glue up a blank from thinner boards, or would you look for a solid piece for the blank?
After knocking off the corners on the table saw, how would you go about round the thing off?
Again, just kicking around an idea and am curious as to y’all’s thoughts.