A Couple of Canes

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Project by MoreShopTime posted 09-11-2021 05:07 PM 500 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first completed woodturning project is a pair of canes for my Uncle. Unfortunately I haven’t seen him in many years as I live in Connecticut and he lives in Louisiana. He would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed, it was the least I could do. The shafts are both walnut with one handle in cherry and the other in walnut. I used Watco Teak Oil on the cherry handle cane and Watco Danish Oil on the all walnut cane. Both canes received a couple coats of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. I made him two so he could have a safer everyday cane and one for when he wants to show off a bit. He said the women at rehab center asked “who loves you that much to make you a beautiful cane.” That made his day and mine.

What I learned from this project
The skew chisel and I are not the best of friends
The Woodriver cane tips are not the safest, but they look pretty. I wish I used the Veritas tips from Lee Valley. I would really like to find a nice looking tip that is as safe as the rubber tips you can buy at the pharmacy.
Listen to your father when he suggests “start smaller a cane is a hell of a fist project to start with”
This is more of a reconfirmation; We can all make someone feel special gifting them a project we made with our heart, sweat and talents. Amazon can’t do that.

-- Funny thing about comfort - one man's comfort is another man's misery - Richard Proenneke

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#1 posted 09-11-2021 05:27 PM

I need to make one

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#2 posted 09-11-2021 07:54 PM

First lathe project? yes, Dad’s right -quite an undertaking, especially with a skew… Nicely done.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#3 posted 09-11-2021 11:47 PM

The “8 inch skew” can be your friend with a cane.
The “8 inch skew” is a piece of cloth-backed sandpaper you hold in both hands like the old-time shoe shine boys polish rag.
Half loop it around the cane and hold and end in each hand while the cane is turning and it will level out the surface.
Closely related is the 3 inch skew. For me that is an old belt sander belt that has split.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#4 posted 09-12-2021 01:13 AM

Those came out great. The look nice and look comfortable to use.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 09-12-2021 04:54 AM

Well done. Those are nice looking canes.

-- We live in the Land of the Free Because of the brave!

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