How to Make a Wooden Lacrosse Shaft

By Owen E. Richason IV

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.

Step 1

Measure a long piece of hickory with a tape measure and mark a pencil line to cut it between 30 and 32 inches long.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.


About the Author

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.

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