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    howdy.. currently i'm working towards my Purple Belt and at my school we start learning the club curriculums around where i'm at.. my Instructor said to get some 1" thick oak dowel rods, and how to measure the length for my own personal set. to me this is really awesome.. because i have an oldskool mentality that if you make the weapon yourself it becomes a part of you, as opposed to you becoming one with a weapon someone else made..

    I already have the rods.. and some sand paper to smooth it out and round off the ends after i cut it.. my question is. staining/coating..

    i know i'll want to coat it (as i like to train outside in the rain at times).. also id like to stain it a shade of green or blue (havent decided) are there colored (aside from wood tones) stains.. or would i have to paint it, then coat it? what would the order in which i do things go? obviously the measuring and cutting, then sanding.. common sense says staining then sealing.

    any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeku
    howdy.. currently i'm working towards my Purple Belt and at my school we start learning the club curriculums around where i'm at.. my Instructor said to get some 1" thick oak dowel rods, and how to measure the length for my own personal set. to me this is really awesome.. because i have an oldskool mentality that if you make the weapon yourself it becomes a part of you, as opposed to you becoming one with a weapon someone else made..

    I already have the rods.. and some sand paper to smooth it out and round off the ends after i cut it.. my question is. staining/coating..

    i know i'll want to coat it (as i like to train outside in the rain at times).. also id like to stain it a shade of green or blue (havent decided) are there colored (aside from wood tones) stains.. or would i have to paint it, then coat it? what would the order in which i do things go? obviously the measuring and cutting, then sanding.. common sense says staining then sealing.

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    Get some kind of stain for decks if you plan on leaving them outside. Sand it first and between coats put a few on until you like the color then seal it. Sand between clear coats (seal) too.

    That method worked for me

    Good luck, upload a picture when you finish them.
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    Do you do any contact training with the clubs? As in club on club striking or the like? If so, I recommend you use rattan instead, when hardwoods break you get sharp pointy splinters and pieces flying around, rattan just bends.

    Regarding staining hardwood, you may be able to find a stain that is both a stain and have a protective coating to make your life a little easier. Do you want a complete paint (only the color visible) or do you want to be able to see the grain through the coloring? There certainly are non-wood shades out there in stains if that is what you are looking for.

    Your common sense is correct, cut, sand, stain/paint, protect.

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    I do a lot of wood work, and you can get stains in many colors. my suggestion is push the stains into the wood with a cloth, and do several coats. Then find liquid wax and do 3 - 5 coat with it. It will hard as it dries and give a great shine, and realy make the sticks strong.
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    thanks all.. iv already sanded.. i need to cut and round the edges off some still.. i dont know where i could find a colored stain though.. i didnt see any in Lowes of all places (if its there itd be in a gallon container). haha. im guessing a hobby/craft store would?

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    http://www.minwax.com/products/woods...ased-color.cfm

    Minwax is VERY common, I'm surprised you can't find it. But they might only sell in larger containers, I have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeku
    thanks all.. iv already sanded.. i need to cut and round the edges off some still.. i dont know where i could find a colored stain though.. i didnt see any in Lowes of all places (if its there itd be in a gallon container). haha. im guessing a hobby/craft store would?
    They sell it in small cans too, just ask someone.
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    gah!! Lowes doesnt have the colored stains.. same as walmart just the wood shade stains.. imma try Ace hardware.. then a local craft store..

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeku
    gah!! Lowes doesnt have the colored stains.. same as walmart just the wood shade stains.. imma try Ace hardware.. then a local craft store..
    Do you have a Home Depot, Jo Ann Fabrics or Micheals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by madeku
    gah!! Lowes doesnt have the colored stains.. same as walmart just the wood shade stains.. imma try Ace hardware.. then a local craft store..
    The internet is your friend, you can order online ya know....
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    WOW... i feel like such a dumbass... you buy a clear coat, and have one of the paint guys color it.. *smacks forehead* i told you all im not crafting oriented.. so i guess later today ill stop by Ace (since its right by my dojo) before class and get some Minwax mixed.. and whatnot.. im going to try and work on rounding the edges, making grooves, and some more sanding.. i wont post again till im done. so ill spare you all.

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    If you have a digital camera, could you post pics when you are done? Clubs are cool.

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    Nice work.
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    Nice job! Care to make me a set now??
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    http://www.franksupply.com/rattan_po...tanwithoutskin
    haha wish i had known before i bought those dowels.. maybe someday ill make some from Rattan..

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    Most of the escrima sticks leave the skin on, skinned rattan shreds way too easy. Of course if you aren't doing contact drills then this wouldn't be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeku
    i have an oldskool mentality that if you make the weapon yourself it becomes a part of you, as opposed to you becoming one with a weapon someone else made..

    any advice?
    I don't think the Old School guys had a choice.... But I would make some safety sticks, pvc pipe, plumbers pipe wrapping and a bunch of electrical tape rapped around to save some coin.

    My advice: Keep that level of enthusiasm, but don't get suckered into the "old school" stuff...Logic is the word of the day. If it didn't take away from your training and you enjoyed it, rock on!!!!!

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    p.s. I got mine here in bulk...
    http://www.kali-eskrima.com/cart/rattanstick.htm

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    yeah im making a foam club for doing techniques, we have them at the school but id rather have my own... and yes the club drills are contact.. just light though. shouldn't be a problem with the oak.

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    I am assuming that you will be using the set clubs for Arnis or Escrima. You didn't say. While the oak clubs will last a while ,they will tend to dent and splinter, possibly even break. Most Arnis Sticks are made of Rattan. It is a vine made up of thousands of fibers. It gives and doesn't break and dent.
    Also it is probably half as heavy. That is very important in the speed you need in Arnis. I would put the oak sticks on the wall for display ( you did a nice job on them) and get a set of Rattan ones. We have been in Arnis ovr 25 years and that is our experience.

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