The rod is a 1.25"x36" stick. The actual handle made by Ranger measures 3/4" thick but I did some thinking and wanted mine to be a little thicker so that I could just hold on to that itself and not use the knobs. When I use the original tool, I find myself holding onto the bottom part and not the handle part so why add it? So I measured my rod and used a pencil to mark 1" increments along it. I don't have fancy tools, so I just used my jig saw to cut it apart into 1" chunks (ok, not perfect 1" chunks but I tried). This cute little thing had to help me too, of course!
After I cut all the chunks I used my hand sander, may actually be called a palm sander? Anyway, a little electric sander that did the job perfectly! I sanded them down even and then I still wasn't happy with the edges so I rounded them the best I could.
Next I had to decide if I wanted them the original color or stained. I opted for stained. So yep, I applied some stain to them and let them dry. I am happy that I decided to because they are so pretty now :) It is in this next step that I truly decided that I didn't want to add the knobs to the top. I was thinking they would look pretty, but then it hit me that I could use my new label maker and put labels on top with each color name!! GENIUS, well ok, not so much but hey it was a light bulb moment for me.
So, how much did I save? Here's the run down:
Velcro- $2.97 each and I used 4 for a total of $11.88
Wood Rod- $6.00 even with tax.
So the total for those 2 items comes to $17.88/36= $0.50 each I didn't count the stain and labels because I already had them.
Compare that to $6.99 (I realize that includes 4 foam pads but they are pretty cheap) for 2 tools that makes them around $3.25 each. So my savings.....$2.75 EACH, yes EACH!! A full total savings for 36 blending tools comes to $99.00 Now that is some serious cash that I can use for other supplies, or as my husband pointed out, to pay for the Distress Oxides I splurged on.....
The best part is yes, the money saved but honestly how much I love these compared to the real blending tools. I hope this will help someone else. Happy crafting!!!