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Wand Display

author-gravatar Nealio Mar 31, 2021

Made this wand display based off the Deathly Hallows symbol.

#display #walnut #triangle

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Ordered some Walnut from Amazon of all places. Spent WAY too much for it. It sure is nice though. 2pcs 3/4 x6 x 24

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Not disappointed in the quality.

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I got the three sides cut down to size, I can't remember what length they ended up being off the top of my head, but I ripped them down to 2 inches. I marked out and cut one of the parts of the circle out with a jig saw. Did not have a good time...

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Ended up bringing it to my uncles and used his band saw. Pretty rookie so they came out a little wonky but I learned a lot. I trimmed the top part I'm holding down more before heading back to my shop. 

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Everything is joined with birch step dowels. 

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Flush cut came out pretty nasty but cleaned up

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I really like the contrast.

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Sanded out really good.

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I cleaned it up and brought it up stairs to see how it looked it the sunlight. My girlfriend is working on a Gandalf costume which you can see in the background hahaha

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I ended up using Minwax Antique Oil Finish. Something that can be applied over time.   

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The contrast man..   

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Here is the final form.

Side note:

I have it sitting on an antique chess board for the photo. My grandfather was a prison guard at Clinton Correctional in Dannemora, NY. This chess table was made by prisoners way back in the day. He was there from the 50's to the 80's or 90's I'm pretty sure. It needs to be restored but I am not confident yet in my wood working. I will push myself to get to that point though.

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Looks good! Couple things though. For dowels (or miter splines) you can cut them off slightly proud (above) the finished surface and sand them to level. With oil finishes, typically you only add oil until the oil dries. So add a coat, wait 20 minutes and add some more, repeat if needed. But once it dries, since it dries below the surface, you don't add anymore as it will then pool on the surface. For finishing after an oil (I use Danish oil), wait a week and give it a coat (or 5) of polyurethane. Poly is a buildup finish and you can add as many coats as you want and at any time, even after it has totally dried. Walnut in particular really stands out with a satin or glass poly. 

Now next make your own wand! 

Thanks so much for all the advise!! I'll give it some coats of poly in a week then. I was worried of the walnut blonding and thought maybe I could just apply more of that happens in the future. 

@WoodGate  said:

Looks good! Couple things though. For dowels (or miter splines) you can cut them off slightly proud (above) the finished surface and sand them to level. With oil finishes, typically you only add oil until the oil dries. So add a coat, wait 20 minutes and add some more, repeat if needed. But once it dries, since it dries below the surface, you don't add anymore as it will then pool on the surface. For finishing after an oil (I use Danish oil), wait a week and give it a coat (or 5) of polyurethane. Poly is a buildup finish and you can add as many coats as you want and at any time, even after it has totally dried. Walnut in particular really stands out with a satin or glass poly. 

Now next make your own wand! 

Ah that is really awesome display! Thank you for sharing, you should be really proud of it.

Thank you so much Sean! I was able to load these all at full resolution by the way with no issue.

@Sean  said:

Ah that is really awesome display! Thank you for sharing, you should be really proud of it.

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