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How to Build a Hockey Stick

    Put on your skates. Measure the length from the bottom of your foot in its skate to your mouth with the tape measure.

    Draw a hockey stick shape, or trace an existing stick, on a large piece of paper. Adjust the length to match the measurement from Step 1. Add the "L"-shaped piece at the bottom at the length that you want to use for the curving blade. The blade of the hockey stick is usually 13 inches long for regular players and 15 inches long for goalies. The width of the blade ranges from 2 to 3 inches for regular players and 3 1/2 to 4 inches for goalies.

    Cut out the pattern. Attach the pattern to your piece of wood with tape. Put on protective goggles and gloves. Cut out the shape of the stick with the band saw.

    Smooth down the entire cut-out stick with sandpaper, being careful not to take off too much mass. Make sure that you smooth and sand down the curves of the hockey stick.

    Lacquer the stick with a heavy-duty outdoor varnish. Let the coat dry, and then repeat at least twice more.

    Wrap the handle in tape if you feel it gives you a better grip.

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Tips

  • According to the National Hockey League, "[n]o hockey stick shall exceed 63 inches in length, from the heel to the end of the shaft; nor more than inches 12 1/2 inches from the heel to the end of the blade. The blade of the hockey stick shall not be more than 3 inches in width at any point; nor less than 2 inches. All edges of the hockey blade shall be beveled. The curve must not exceed one half inch at any point on the blade. If it does, it shall be deemed an illegal stick and a minor penalty will be called against the player."

Things Needed

  • Skates
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Poplar or birch wood (at least two inches wide)
  • Tape
  • Band saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Outdoor varnish
  • Paint brush
  • Equipment tape
  • Protective goggles and gloves

About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Michelle Raphael has been writing computer and technology articles since 1997. Her work has appeared in “Mac World” magazine and “PC Connections” magazine. Raphael received the George M. Lilly Literary Award in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University.

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