A Little Bit of Everything
 
I have recently finished crafting a baton from my limited woodworking skill set. My family just recently had a garage sale and in finding anything we could to sell my mother stumbled upon a few pieces of wood; one of which resembled a baton. So I snatched it and played around with it for a while. After a week or so I decided that I was going to full out create a baton from scratch! It took a long time, but only because I would not work on it for a few days and then get back to it later on. I first took the found piece of wood which is about a centimeter in diameter, and I shorted it to about 12 inches. A normal sized baton is anywhere from 7 inches to a ludicrous 24 inches. After cutting it I proceeded to round the top point.  Next I was able to find a long dowel (a wooden stick) that was about 3/4 of an inch in diameter. I drilled a hole down the middle so it would fit onto the baton stick and then I used a chisel to get the basic "pear" shape at the bottom of the baton.  I hand sanded it and stained it over the course of two full days.  The product that came out? A fairly well hand-made baton.  I don't want to "toot my own horn," but I'm pretty proud of the work I did. Also considering that I took a chunk out of my index finger and almost broke my thumb (while using a clamp) in the process. 
 


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