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Blog entry by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler posted 09-29-2009 09:16 PM 867 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I acquired a largish pile of black walnut I was interested in a project that would give me a finished product in a relatively short time.
So there, under a pile of things I was too lazy to put away, is my Legacy mill.

The lights went on.

I glued up a turning stock and went to work.

The first thing is to affix the connector.

Then it goes into the Legacy headstock.

Notice the pen marks. If I need to take the work out for anything it can go back in exactly where it was.
The other end is supported by a dead center just like a lathe.

The first step is to round the blank.

The first rope cuts.

A little sanding and the ridges start to disappear.

I did a lot more work and decided, in addition, to taper the work. Finally, it started to look like the vision in my head.

As long as I’m showing you how I made this cane, I might as well show you how I support a cane that has fresh finish on it.

Except for some fine sanding and a coat of hard wax, that will do it for this piece.

Thanks for watching!


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#1 posted 09-29-2009 09:33 PM

Nice work

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#2 posted 09-29-2009 09:43 PM

Exceptional Don!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 09-29-2009 10:11 PM

A really cool project and thanks for showing how it was done!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 09-29-2009 10:19 PM

I must have this machine.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 09-29-2009 10:31 PM

Fit for the finest of gentleman Don, nice work…Blkcherry

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#6 posted 09-29-2009 11:34 PM


Go here:

-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#7 posted 09-30-2009 02:21 AM

Very nice Don, that is one handsome cane! Oh by the way were is the sketchup drawing for this :-)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 09-30-2009 02:32 AM

Well done.

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#9 posted 09-30-2009 05:11 AM

Gotta love that Legacy.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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