Power tools can also be used to cut a hockey stick, but cutting a stick using a miter box is so simple and quick that I wouldn't recommend them unless you already have them set up or don't want to buy a miter box. People have reported making rapid, even cuts with a chop saw or miter saw. It's not recommended, but it can be done.
The most effective way of reducing wood is with a chisel. Some people say you can get by with a broadaxe or scythe, but for simplicity' sake I'd recommend the chisel. You can use an axe to break down large pieces of wood, but for small items like pencil sticks and toothpicks, a chisel is easier to use and more accurate.
As long as you're only dealing with soft woods such as pine, maple, or oak, a miter box can be used to make nice straight cuts. But if you try to use one on a hardwood such as hickory or walnut, you'll end up with some pretty nasty edges. So if you want your hockey stick to look nice and smooth, only deal with softwoods.
Hardwood is much tougher to work with. A power miter saw or rotary tool can make nice straight cuts through hardwood, but they are also expensive. The good news is that once you have your first few cuts made, all subsequent ones will be easy thanks to the previous ones' marks.
It is not difficult to cut a hockey stick to size, but it must be done properly. Brace the shaft directly adjacent to the cutting tip to prevent the stick from wiggling when you're sawing. A bench vise is ideal for this activity. After cutting the head from the shaft, attach it to the shaft using a combination of hand and power tools.
There are several different ways to cut a wooden hockey stick. The most common method is to use a band saw or a power saw equipped with a special blade to cut the wood evenly across the face of the stick. Be sure to wear safety goggles and protective clothing when working with a band saw.
If you do not have access to these types of tools, then you will need to find another way to cut the sticks. You can use a handsaw or an ax to cut the wood, but make sure that you work carefully so as not to damage the surface of the stick.
After the head and shaft are cut, they should be joined together with a smooth fit. This can be done by either hand-rubbing or using a machine called a "fretter." Apply some kind of adhesive to the back of the neck of the shaft and slide it onto the head. If you use too much adhesive, though, the neck won't be able to bend without breaking.
With the correct preparation and equipment, newer composite sticks may be cut to particular lengths. The work is simple and can generally be completed in less than 30 minutes. Remove any hockey tape off the handle of the shaft of the hockey stick. Use a sharp knife and be careful not to cut yourself or nick the surface of the stick.
If you want to shorten your stick, start by cutting all the way through both the top and bottom layers of the wood. Then pull the halves apart until they are about 1/4 inch (6 mm) wide. Finally, chop one of the halves into two pieces again. You now have three pieces of wood that are each the right length for a new hockey stick. If you like, glue the pieces back together with epoxy resin or hot-melt glue before painting them or leaving them natural.
Composite hockey sticks are much more expensive than traditional wood sticks. However, they last longer because there are no trees dying from being used for hockey sticks. Also, composites are very strong but they can still break if you use too much force when cutting them or if you hit something hard with them. In fact, composites are so strong that some people think it's okay to beat their children with them. That would never happen with wooden sticks.
"Measure twice, cut once," as the saying goes. Some experts advise that you should err on the side of caution. Measure the shaft, mark it where you believe it should be cut, and then cut it one inch higher. This will allow for some error in measuring.
The most common way to shorten a hockey stick is to use a band saw or an electric knife and cut off the excess. Be sure to wear safety goggles when using power tools.
If you do not have access to these tools, try sanding down the end of the shaft until it's about 1/4 inch thick, then cut it off with a sharp knife. The thinner the stick, the faster it will skate. However, if the stick is too thin, it may be more likely to break.
You can also buy pre-cut short sticks. These are the easiest way to go since you don't have to worry about cutting them correctly.
However, there is a trade-off between price and quality. Cheap sticks are usually made of plastic while more expensive ones might be made of wood. Look for a balance between cost and quality when choosing which pre-cut stick to buy.
Also check the warranty.