Scooped Walking Stick With Rope

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One thing I like about working in wood is, the variety of things you can do without spending a lot of money, once you acquire a few tools.

This stick, like all of them I make, was made from a 2×4 cut down to about 1-1/2” square, after which I made sweeping scoop cuts, as I moved down to the tip and turned the stick ninety degrees for each cut.

For whatever reason, I drilled holes in it and it sat around my shop for years, until I decided to run rope through the holes in this pattern.

Just for reference:

1) I make my tips using rubber corks from hardware stores. To do this:

a) Taper the tip to nearly the size of the cork;

b) Drill a slightly undersized hole, for a deck screw, into both the end of the stick and through the cork;

c) Attach the cork. Because the hole is slightly smaller than the screw, it forms the tip a bit as it sucks down into it, about 1/4” to 3/8”;

d) Sand the wood to the diameter of the work to finish the taper.

2) Because this stick/staff and ones like it are made from 1-1/2” square stock, I can use a 3/4” round-over bit on my router to knock off most the stock and give me, essentially, dowels.

Keep in mind, after stock is taken back, the router bit bearing will ride further in and you are likely to get a line you will have to sand out. To deal with this, you can back the bit off a bit when the bearing has to ride on a previously routed section to reduce the amount removed by the bit and sanding.

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 10:12 PM

Great job! What kind of finish did you use?

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 11:19 PM

The finish on this one is just a gloss waterborne poly.

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