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I try to do different projects to make sure I can justify my various tools. These are from 2×4's of cedar, redwood and fir. I simply draw out the pattern, cut it out with a jig saw, run up and down each side with a router and a 3/4" round over bit to make what, essentially, is just a very bent 1-1/2" dowel.

I add a rubber stopper to the bottom by drilling a hole through it, pre-drilling the end of the stick, then attaching the stopper using a deck screw.

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Very creative. I like it.
 

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Neat idea.

Very well done too.

Crutch tips ( couple sizes at least) are available places like the box store; "lumber-stores". They work well and have ridges on the bottom to prevent slipping.
 

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I use the solid rubber corks because I like the looks more than a crutch bottom. I tapper the bottom of the stick so it's a straight transition from the stick to the cork top.

They are cheap and offer good grip, because, in addition to being rubber, the screw pulls the cork in with it, as I bury it about 3/8" inch deep into the stopper. This creates a dip.

Crutch tips ( couple sizes at least) are available places like the box store; "lumber-stores". They work well and have ridges on the bottom to prevent slipping.

- ralbuck
 

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I have a few twisted 2X4's laying around that might just work for this. Great idea. Thanks for sharing
 

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Just for reference, I've had a few people ask where I got such nicely curved wood. I might have exaggerated a little with stories of shaping small trees, spending entire days wander the woods looking for just the right branch or young tree, or whatever seemed I could get away with at the time.
 

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Just for reference, I ve had a few people ask where I got such nicely curved wood. I might have exaggerated a little with stories of shaping small trees, spending entire days wander the woods looking for just the right branch or young tree, or whatever seemed I could get away with at the time.

- Kelly
LMAO….....Yes Kelly, you are a woodworker!
 

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You say you "draw" the pattern on the 2×4 and then just cut it out. How do you get such precise curves over and over? Do you have a pattern you copy? If so, is it available somewhere?

Chuck
 

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Shoofly, I don't remember if I used a coffee can or a compass and another piece of wood next to the one I was drawing on, but that or an actual circle template, whether cardboard or other, would work.

Cardboard might be the most handy for the initial drawing. To make that, I'd just draw a full circle, then cut it out.

To get the 1-1/2" thickness, I just use anything that will allow me to draw out from the first one at several points, then freehand them together, or use a compass [again, with the point on another surface next to the one I'm drawing on] and draw in that smaller diameter curve.

Using the cardboard, I could make marks on it so I set the cardboard template at the same point along the edge of the 2x each time.

If that's not clear, don't be bashful about saying so. Too, if needed, I can measure the diameter I chose and post that.

After being asked to make a couple more, I did make a Masonite template to simplify making more.

For length changes, I just whack off according to want and need at the bottom.

Once the rubber cork is mounted, I sand the end down so the cork and the stick flow into each other smoothly.

You say you "draw" the pattern on the 2×4 and then just cut it out. How do you get such precise curves over and over? Do you have a pattern you copy? If so, is it available somewhere?

Chuck

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Thanks for the info. I'm going to give it a try (it can only cost me a 2×4 , or maybe 5 or six)

Chuck
 

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Cool, Chuck.

Here is a look at what the rubber stopper bottom looks like on one of mine. To install it, I just drill a hole in a big box store rubber stopper, pre-drill a hole in the bottom of the stick sized for a deck screw, then run the screw through the stopper, into the stick.

Since the hole in the stopper is significantly smaller than the screw, the head sucks the center of the stopper in, as it goes into the stick. When it's about 3/8" in, I call it good.



The one shown is koa and fir, if memory serves, which might reveal the lie about finding that one special branch in the woods, or shaping a tree, unless I come up with a real good hybrid story.

 

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