Turning a Magic Wand is a fun and easy project that anyone can make and is perfect for kids of all ages. Turn a simple tapered wand or get creative with shapes, colors and textures to make any wizard jealous. This is a very simple project that is great for spindle turning practice.
- Select a blank 1″ x 1″ x 12″. Mark the center on each end using a Center Finder. Mount the blank between centers using a Revolving Center and Drive Center.
Turning Tip: If you are planning on coloring the magic wand, use a light colored wood such as; Holly, Ash, or Maple.
TURNING THE WAND
- Turn the blank to round using a roughing gouge. Turn the blank to your desired shape using a spindle gouge. Leave a 1/4” of waste material on each end of the blank to trim off later. Sand the wand through at least 320 Grit.
If you’re having difficulty with the spindle gouge, use a skew flat on its side or an Easy Wood Tool. This will be easier to control and allow you to focus on the shape of your wand.
(OPTIONAL) FINISHING TECHNIQUES
- The techniques below can be used to add a little wizard flare to your magic wand.
- Textured Finish- By using a texturing tool, you can produce a realistic textured or rope-like surface on the handle section as shown.
- Coloring and Appearance- To create an old or weathered look to the wand, use a combination of Liberon White Liming and/or Black Patinating Wax. Shoe polish or similar materials could also be used. Use a wire brush to rough the surface for a worn look. To create bright colors, we recommend using Tombow Markers.
FINISHING THE MAGIC WAND
- We recommend finishing the blank using with friction polish or spray lacquer. Remove the blank from the lathe and use a handsaw to remove the 1/4” waste material from each end of the wand. Sand and finish the exposed ends.
The following items were used to complete the project: