Wand Wood Supply ?

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  1. Mooniteman

    Mooniteman Well-Known Member

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    Just got a lathe and started some basic wood turning to make wands. Is there a site you guys specifically recommend or any kinds of wood you suggest for some simple wand turning ?

    -Moony
     
  2. Mooniteman

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    here's the first one I did in pine - the wood was terrible.

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  3. exoray

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    Find an 'exotic' wood dealer, or higher end wood craft store, in your area for the best deals... The benefit with local shops is no shipping and you will also get to hand pick the wood...

    Short of the you can find some good deals on small exotic chunks of wood on Ebay...

    If you must use some big box over the counter stuff (Mendards, Home Depot, Lowes), at least use Popular over Pine if you need a softer wood, but consider using Maple to get a hard wood that will take details... You options are really limited at these stores...

    Oh and one last option, find a tree trimmer in your area that sells firewood... If you asked nice they might let you pick through the firewood and can find some nice woods... You can easily rip the split logs on a table saw to something workable, I was able to pick up a bunch of nice walnut from a firewood pile several years ago...
     
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  4. Rogue

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    Check out knifemaking sites and suppliers. I picked up some nice bits of wood for a few projects from a guy who specialises in supplying wood for knife handles - though if all of their stuff is pre-cut handle-sized blocks it might not work for wandmaking.
     
  5. Shylaah

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    Woodcraft has a great seleciton of hardwood dowels in many popular woods--oak, beeirch, maple, cherry, walnut. They are 36" long and you should be able to get two wands out of one "stick". They are not very expensive either. Advantage to band sawn blanks, they are already smoothed up.

    And if you don't want to go with dowels or want more choices in woods, they also carry and extensive line of domestics and exotics in various sizes.

    There is probably a store somewhere in your area. Go there and be amazed!!! Come home broke!!!

    Shylaah
     
  6. Mooniteman

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    Thanks so much guys !

    Any of you cats local to l.a. know any dealers ? My searches are turning up some confusing results. Would love to know if anyone has searched for this first hand in my area !

    But either way I greatly appreciate the help !

    -AJ
     
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  8. The9thWonder

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    For a first wand that looks pretty * good. If you stained it a bit I think it would look excellent. Not sure how plausible this is but if you could get some of the wood they use for baseball bats I think it would have the perfect look for a wand.
     
  9. Mooniteman

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    Thanks guys for the help - it seems like such a simple quest, but sometimes you just need people to hit you over he head with the obvious !

    -AJ
     
  10. Interceptor6

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    Keep an eye out for old pool cues, (craigslist?) most are nicely grained maple.
     
  11. Mooniteman

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    Thanks guys for the help, found a place local to me that has a great wood supply !

    Was SUPER tempted to buy some ebony but I hear it's insanely hard. Anyone have any experience with it ?

    Here was my first crack at a cherry Wand:

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  12. thd9791

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    beautiful work!
     
  13. Mooniteman

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    Thanks - I've made a ton of other ones, but not with the lathe - this is all new to me.

    Here's some of the Dremmel made ones:

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  14. Cirian

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    *, you've really got talent for wand making!
     
  15. Hazelrah

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    Ebony is a very hard tight grained wood that is amazing to turn with. The only things to remember is to keep your tools sharp and you will have very little finish work to do... when I can I'll post pics of my snape wand in ebony... it is very expensive though. Upwards of $75 a board foot at times. Good luck with all your endeavors... and if you enjoy your lathe as much as I do you should look into getting the things to do pens... very enjoyable and quite profitable :)
     
  16. Hazelrah

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    These are the photos I have of my snape wand in ebony. Sorry for the crappy quality...
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    I did all the lathe work first and then did all the intricate carving with a dremel with a very fine high speed carving bit... there was little to no sanding required afterward, that is how hard and dense ebony is... it is also very heavy compared to other hard woods weighing nearly twice as much...
     
  17. bookface

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    It should go without saying for all woods, but ebony in particular produces a very fine dust that is particularly bad to breathe...so wear a mask. :)
     
  18. Mooniteman

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    Wow - that's awesome !

    I will have to order some and give it a go !

    Also I do need a dusk mask pretty badly - I have a terrible habit of not wearing one - so I will pick one of those up before I make any more.


    And here's one I did yesterday in Walnut - I really like working with this wood !

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  19. thd9791

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    Have you ever thought about ratio-ing the handle from the rest? I feel like handles might also look nice thicker than the rest of the wand?

    Still though man, you do have quite the knack for wand/wood work :D
     
  20. thd9791

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    Correction, that suggestion was just for the pic above, not the 3 you posted earlier
     
  21. Mooniteman

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    I dont quite follow - you mean making the handle thicker than the 'wand' part of it ?

    And thanks!
     
  22. Hazelrah

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    What speed are you running your lathe at? Roughing all your stock in at slower speeds is good to start with but the higher speeds are good for final shaping with les chatter and tear out. Also one thing you might want to look into is a spindle support if you have room on your lathe for one... I know some of the thinner longer designs can get a bit freaky to lathe when they start bowing in the middle , or god forbid fly apart. You'll find yourself loving your lathe and constantly trying to think of new things to make with it...
     
  23. Mooniteman

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    I'm still experimenting with speed - I dont even know - I usually rough it out on a medium speed and do the detail on the higher setting.

    I'm not sure the exact speeds though as I just adjust the belt on the inside to change the speed. It's an old @ss lathe !

    And I've not heard of this "spindle support" you speak of. The longer wands do tend to bow and chatter quite a bit. I haven't quite figured out how to remedy that and what I'm doing wrong.
     

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