Prototype Cane

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-15-2016 01:01 AM 1703 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a closed loop handle cane I wanted to try to make and I also incorporated the Celtic knot after LJ Lew showed me all the cuts This was not intended to be a finished cane but once I got started I had to finish it. Now that it is done, I think the handle needs to be wider and higher for a fuller grip and also I need to count!!!!!!! I was in such a hurry to get this thing on the lathe that I did put in all four inserts, but there are only 3 that show.
I found my mistake on the next one I cut today. I did it again!!!!!!!!! but caught it and made another insert. For some reason, I cut out an insert that I had just put in and did not notice because all the walnut pieces were inserted. Good thing the sled hit the same cut each time!!Notice the void in the 5th and 6th shots- one peak missing at the top and one at the bottom. I don’t think the average buyer would notice, but Lew would!!

It is 36 ” long and 1” diameter shaft and made from poplar and walnut . It was first coated with Danish oil and then lacquered.

Here are some process shots:

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 01:09 AM

After all that Jim, you turned out a great looking cane, I doubt if anyone would find the faults you mentioned.
Like the celtic knot.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 01:29 AM

pretty nice prototype, If you stopped there it would be a cane people would die for. nice work and enjoyed the process. I have never tried the celtic knot that many have done. Someday..

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 07-15-2016 02:10 AM

Outstanding!! I Love It!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 02:18 AM

That looks cool. I may need one of those soon … lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 07-15-2016 03:51 AM

Nice cane Jim !
That Celtic knot looks pretty special .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 07-15-2016 03:51 AM

Beautiful Cane!

Love the wood!

36” long is for a very tall person… You could cut it to proper length when the person measurements are known.

Very COOL!

Nice job as usual!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 07-15-2016 04:44 AM

Really nice for a prototype Jim.
Personally I don’t think there’s a noticible problem with the celtic knot. I think you are right, Lew is the only one who might catch it ….. and he’s too much of a gentleman to call you on it so you’re in the clear.
I’ve meant to do some of those rolling pins ever since he posted the first ones but I just never seem to get around to it. I think they are just so cool and the idea makes the jump to canes very well.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 07-15-2016 05:58 AM

Interesting additional photos, I like your technics. I try to figure all cuts for those knots, it’s not that simple as it looks.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 07-15-2016 06:27 AM

G’day Jim. That is an amazing contrast in the wood colours. Is Poplar always a white colour? Beautiful. The Celtic knot is impressive, I must see if there is something on youtube showing the Celtic knot.
Very interesting progress photos and I see your Lathe Steady being put to excellent use…...Jim, not sure how the handle is being turned? In the picture I’m looking at the angle of the Tool Rest and don’t quite get how and what is being turned…..I can visualize several angles for the tool rest but don’t fully understand the procedure. Very nice Cane, turned out really well.
Regarding the handle size….I suppose it would depend on the size of the persons hand, then again, If you were making these for sale there might be a general size to fit all hands.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 07-15-2016 07:07 AM

Very Nicely Done! I may have to dust off my lathe & attempt to do something like this myself..

-- EdwardNorton

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#11 posted 07-15-2016 11:50 AM

That is really good Jim, I too, love the Celtic knot. I’ve only made one in all the things I have made, and was not very happy with the result. But I do know what I did wrong, so there is hope for me yet.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 07-15-2016 01:34 PM

Nice job, Jim! That’s what prototypes for, working out the bugs!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 07-15-2016 02:38 PM

I’m disabled and I use a cane whenever I walk. I’m also a woodworker and I make canes. I made 2 for myself and now other friends have seen my canes and asked me to make canes for them. I’ve made 4 for friends and the requests keep coming.

I’m impressed by your design. I may try it myself. I would make a larger handle for my unusually large hands.

I assume that this cane is maple and walnut.

FYI – I like a cane to be very strong and have some spring/flex to it. For that, my favorite wood is osage orange (aka hedgewood). I taper my canes from 1” to 3/4” at the bottom.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#14 posted 07-15-2016 02:48 PM

I m disabled and I use a cane whenever I walk. I m also a woodworker

- RichGreer2r

ME TOO …...very nice cane ….. you talk of faults which I DO NOT SEE at all …......GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#15 posted 07-15-2016 04:57 PM

Nice looking cane – I bet with some time and patience (and careful grafting) I could get a tree branch to grow into a closed handle – but I could never get a tree to grow that celtic knot design. LOL

Thanks for posting – now off to the garden to start bending tree branches (Mulberry is flexible and fast growing, should be ready in a few years.) :)

-- Leafherder

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