How to Make a Wooden Lacrosse Shaft

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Lacrosse is a sport enjoyed by many people. But like any other sport, having the appropriate accouterments is necessary to play. This includes proper protective wear as well as a netted head and shaft. You can buy the heads and shafts as one piece or separately. If you want to save a little money, you can even make the shaft yourself. All you need is some wood and to follow the standardized dimensions.

Things You'll Need

  • Hickory
  • Tape measure
  • Goggles
  • Pencil
  • Jig saw
  • Planer
  • Miter saw
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Measure a long piece of hickory with a tape measure and mark a pencil line to cut it between 30 and 32 inches long.

  • Put on goggles and cut the hickory to 30 or 32 inches long with a jig saw. Do not make the hickory shaft any shorter or longer because it will need to be 40 to 42 inches long with the head attached.

  • Put the hickory lacrosse shaft on a planer and plane it down to .0625-by-1 inch in diameter -- the regulation thickness of the lacrosse stick.

  • Use a miter saw to cut a 45-degree angle into the top end of the lacrosse shaft to fit the head over.

  • Sand the hickory lacrosse shaft smooth with medium-grit sandpaper and wipe it down with a tack cloth.

  • Apply a coat of varnish to your lacrosse shaft using a paintbrush and allow it to dry as long as directed by the manufacturer to protect the wood.

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  • "Lacrosse: A History of the Game"; Donald M. Fisher; 2002

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