Toy Pattern: Wands

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  • Band Saw
  • Mop or Flap sander – 80 grit
  • Sponge sanding blocks -100 and 120 grit
  • Drill
  • Router with 1/4″ round over bit (Optional)
  • Drill Press (Optional)


  • 1 x 4’s -for all tops except the Duck
  • 1 x 6’s -for the Duck
  • 1/4″ x 12″ dowel rods
  • 1/8″, 1/4″ or 3/16″ ribbon – variety of colors
  • Small rubber bands – like for braces – to hold the ribbons to the dowel to keep them neat
  • Pipe cleaners – for cat whiskers
  • Glue


The better the wood you start with the less sanding you will have to do. I used select pine from Menards because it is very smooth and fairly straight.

  1. I cut the pieces into two-foot lengths for easier handling then traced and cut shapes on the band saw.
  2. I routed all edges then sanded all pieces smooth with mop sander.
  3. Next, I drilled ¼” holes , approximately 3/4” deep, in the bottom of each piece for the dowel rod.  The drill press made this easy, but you could use a vise and hand drill.
  4. I then slightly tapered one end of the dowel rod with a standard (hand crank – 3 turns) pencil sharpener. Makes for easier insertion into wand top ( Tip from Bill Schuchat). You can also use sandpaper to taper end.
  5. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon 12-13” long.
  6. Put a small amount of glue in wand hole and end of dowel rod.
  7. Lay the 3 pieces (spread out) of ribbon over wand hole and tap dowel rod in so it’s secure.
  8. Use rubber band to secure ribbon strands to dowel rod.
    1. Drill holes where eyes are
    2. Drill 3, 1/16” holes on each side of cat and insert 1-1/4” pieces of pipe cleaner, dipped end in glue, for whisker.


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