Ready, Fire, Aim: Twisted Laminations Cane #2: So Now How Do You Get It Round?

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 03-07-2011 09:43 PM 3666 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A scraper removed the excess glue. Looks like about 120 degrees of twist.

The other flat laminations that I had glued up in the same process were easy—clean them and square them and then octagonized them on the TS and they’re ready for rounding.

This was both bigger and harder to handle, and wouldn’t sit stably on the TS. I could have built a carriage I suppose, but instead I turned to my Ritter edge sander, 4×132, with 80 grit paper.

I clamped a stop on the table and held the stick at an upward angle and, turning it with my left hand, applied right hand gentle pressure to the belt while it was moving, releasing pressure while I reset my left hand for another twist.

It took about an hour, but it’s round, ok, roundish, straight enough, and looking pretty good. There won’t be a lot of filling to do, which is nice because poly glue requires one to clean out the gaps with dental tools—tedium well beyond medium. I slathered on some naptha so I could work on learning to spell the word and let you get a glimpse of the contrast in the laminates.

I worked on tapering it at the same time and that too seems about right. A 5/8” crutch tip will work on the small end. I’ll get it smoother and cylindricaller and get his approval (and the correct length measurement) before I install the handle. Should be done by the end of the week.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 10:20 PM

Definitely unique!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 10:48 PM

I remember reading an article on a kayak building forum where someone had built a twisted paddle shaft, but I can’t remember the details! I think he did something very similar as you Lee. If I find the article I’ll post a link if there is anything worthwhile. Not very helpful – am I?

On the other hand, it looks like you’re making good progress – I’m looking forward to seeing the end result!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 11:38 PM

If you have a lathe, no problem! If not you could, put a dowel in one end provided you have not cut it down to size and mount it in your drill clamped in a vise or to a table and turn it on and sand away. Set up a jig for holding the other end steady or it will flop all over the place. Good luck.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 01:34 AM

Hi Lee, Interesting process, and I’m really curious to see the finished cane. Thanks for sharing the process.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 09:15 AM

my uncle asked me if I could make him a cane. All kinds of ideas are going off in my head. Great post I like the idea.can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like lwhen you’re done

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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