How to Make Tonfas

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How to Make Tonfas
The tonfa is an effective and easy-to-make martial arts tool. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The ancient martial art weapon known as the tonfa is essentially two wooden dowels connected at a right angle. As such, it is very easy to create and requires very few items.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2 wooden dowels
  • Sand paper
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Super glue or wood glue

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Instructions

    How to Make a Basic Tonfa

  1. 1

    Purchase two wooden dowels. The larger dowel that will make the shaft of the tonfa should measure from your elbow to 1 inch past your outstretched fingers. The dowel that will be the handle should measure from the bottom of your clenched fist to 1 inch past the top of your fist. Both dowels should be at least 1 inch thick.

  2. 2

    Sand both ends of the dowel that will be the shaft of the tonfa until they are rounded.

  3. 3

    Sand one end of the dowel that will be the handle to create a rounded end. Sand the other end into a peg shape that will fit into a hole drilled in the longer dowel.

  4. 4

    Drill a hole in the tonfa shaft 1/3 of the way down from the end. This hole should be sized to accommodate the peg-shaped end of the tonfa handle.

  5. 5

    Insert a small amount of glue into the hole drilled into the tonfa shaft. Also apply a small amount of glue to the peg-shaped end of the tonfa handle.

  6. 6

    Insert the peg-shaped end of the tonfa handle into the hole drilled in the tonfa shaft. Allow glue to dry completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Wooden dowels can be purchased from most hardware supply stores or lumber suppliers.
  • Make sure the drill bit used is slightly smaller than the width of the peg-shaped end of the tonfa handle so as to create a tight fit.
  • Always exercise caution when using power tools.

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