On our last family visit to London, we stumbled across an alleyway full of interesting shops including one selling wands and other wizarding equipment. So the three of us bought a wand each. Needing somewhere to keep the wands, the obvious choice was to make a wand rack.
The first step was to glue together some more of that offcut floorboard from the step project. That was clamped to the table for carving. I had looked at reshaping the edges to a shield or other shape but settled on a Celtic knot design in two of the corners.
The design was transferred onto the wood using a sharp knife. This was traced to give a pencil outline.
I did try carving the outline with a chisel but soon gave up, the softwood just split and splintered. So I swapped to a dremel using a sanding drum to carve out the basic shape. And then a grinding tool to crispen up the corners and edges.
The fact that the second tool had burnt the wood gave me an idea, I could char the wood to give better contrast. Once the wood was charred, I sanded it back with a mouse sander. I then gave it a coat of medium oak varnish.
The last step was to screw in the hooks. I had chosen three different styles of hook to represent the different styles of the wizards. I’ll add some eyelets to the back so it can be hung on the wall.