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Project by RootandBranch posted 05-29-2015 08:20 PM 1547 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Canes hold a special place in my heart. I was on one for some time when the sins of my youth and the abuses of later years caught up to me. I’ve long since stopped the abuses, fixed some damage and got myself into much better shape so I no longer require one. However, I still like seeing a nice cane. My favorite is an old shillelagh that was given to me by a friend. When I got so tore up that I required one to walk, all I had was a very utilitarian medical stick that did exactly what it was supposed to but was as appealing as a tent pole. I decided to try my hand at making some that were a bit more aesthetically pleasing. I was inspired by mmh and mtwild among others here at Lumberjocks. My attempts are not the functional art theirs are but I am happy with the final result.

I went with a standard derby style handle but instead of it being rounded at the top, I found a flatter top was more comfortable. Each has a 4 inch long piece of 3/8 all-thread epoxied into the shaft and handle. These shown are not tipped since I might need to cut them down to fit the owner.

Mostly combinations of walnut and maples with handles of both along with zebra and something I can’t for the life of me recall buying. Another consequence of my past is a case of CRS. Shafts turned on my lathe and the handles cut on the bandsaw and shaped with sanders. Had to make a steady rest which was an adventure of it’s own. If someone recognizes the orangeish wood handles with the squiggly grain on the darker shaft canes, I’d appreciate the ID. Thanks all.

-- Don, -

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 12:28 AM

Very fancy set of canes. I probably need to figure out how to make a nice one without a lathe before my wife goes in for her knee replacement. OR maybe you need a fancy box?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Don Butler

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 03:52 PM

My experience with cane and walking stick making began with a bad auto collision back when.

For a number of years I made my canes and sticks with my Legacy Ornamental Mill. Then people started noticing them and then I made canes for them. Meanwhile, I was able to get along without a cane, but I staill made them for others.

Now, I’m beginning to need a cane again and my wife, SWBTFM (She Who Buys Tools For Me) is scheduled for knee surgery and has been walking with one of my canes for months.

So, the moral of this story is, don’t stop. You never know when it will be necessary again.

By the way, do you make the handles, or do you buy them ready-made?


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#3 posted 05-31-2015 01:44 AM

Andy, I now try to keep my wife away from the projects page or I’d be horse trading right and left for all the stuff she’s seen that she either wants me to buy or make. Veterinarian services however….. Don’t have horses but do have two big yeller labs that eat like them. lol

Don, She Who Buys Tools For Me. I love that.

I made the handles. Found a pattern online then went and compared it to a live cane handle for size then modified it to my liking.

Band saw, sand, sand, sand, fit, sand more, sand more, sand more, fit, sand some more and so on. Like everything I do, the first one took forever but the curve got shorter with the rest. The shafts I made a taper jig then chucked them up in the lathe. Three seconds in I realized I needed a steady rest. That got exciting real fast.

-- Don, -

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Rafe Demers

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 06:18 PM

Beautiful work on these!

-- Rafe Demers

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