Journey into Woodturning #78: Spider Cane

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 10-26-2021 02:04 PM 597 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was something I’ve been wanting to do for some time now. Making a cane is one thing and to give it a theme was a bonus. And so, the Spider Cane was conjured from the depths of my imagination! That and it’s the last turn before Halloween.

I saw this spider incased in resin at a nick-nack store, the handle top was established. Looking at the scrap wood, I found the remains of some Etimoe for the handle. A piece of oak baluster for the length.

The Etimoe turns so nicely. I created a recess for the domed resin spider to sit in. On the end connecting to the cane, I created a dowel tenon. Polished it with O.B. Shine Juice and used epoxy to secure the resin spider.

The oak baluster was too long to fit in the lathe, so I cut it in half. Each half was going to be tapered down to the next one. The idea was it would look like the sections of a spiders single leg. Primarily three sections of the spiders leg.

Interestingly as I rough turned the oak, the rough cut actually produced a pretty nice texturing pattern of splintered rings around the length of the section. I decided to leave and use the texturing as a feature of the cane or the hairy fibers of the spiders leg.

Next was the task of darkening the oak. I grabbed the torch and proceeded to burn the wood. Burning the softer layers and leaving the harder layers as tan gave more illusion to the texturing. Finished the burning with a quick hit of sandpaper, denatured alcohol and a few coats of spray on lacquer.

Last but not least, was the bottom of the cane or the foot. Thinking it needed a little something to protect it I snatched a bottle stopper kit from my box of odds and ends. The metal threaded end will secure it to the cane. The metal tip should protect the wood nicely.

Overall, I’m happy with the cane and the theme. It turned out great.

This weeks video: Spider Cane


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#1 posted 10-26-2021 07:05 PM

nice spooky work dont seem old enough for a cane though ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 10-27-2021 11:53 AM

nice spooky work dont seem old enough for a cane though ?

- pottz

No… but i could use it for self defense! LOL

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