Walking Canes a la Sellers

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Project by Mattyboy posted 07-20-2015 06:44 PM 925 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made three canes, one of which I’ll give to my best buddy, who recently had a bad accident with head trauma. For now, his balance is not what it should be (among other things), but indications are that he will have a full recovery. These canes are of the Paul Sellers design. The others two canes I think I will donate to a charity.

These canes were made from:
1. Oak with light mahogany handle, wedged with walnut.
2. Walnut (dark) with walnut (dark) handle, wedged with maple.
3. Sapwood (light) walnut with heartwood (dark) walnut handle, wedged with maple. This one had no spiral.

The finish was: two coats shellac, second coat buffed after 24 hours with 0000 steel wool. Three coats of a tung/BLO/poly mix, buffing each coat after 24 hours with 0000 steel wool. Finally a coat of paste wax.

Another really satisfying project. My stock was 3/4” thick because I didn’t have any of the prescribed 7/8” material. I think the handles are a bit thin with 3/4 and would probably be more comfortable with 7/8, or even 1 inch thick material. If I use thicker stock next time, I will taper the canes to keep them fairly light. Paul was right in his video series when he said that adding the spiral significantly reduced the overall weight.

All done with non-electric hand tools. Comments and critiques are welcomed.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 07:25 PM

Wish I lived close to you so you could make one for me. They look great!

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 09:11 PM

Very nicely done. I have been contemplating making a couple of canes as Paul has done myself. Disabled vets would probably be able to find a real good use for them. Thanks for the share.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 01:41 AM

I don’t use a cane but they fascinate me for some reason. Well done.


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#4 posted 07-21-2015 03:31 AM

Thanks guys.

Richard, they’re not too tough to build. I’m sure you could do it. Start with blanks that are 7” x 2” x 7/8” for the handle and 38 to 40” x 1 1/4” x 7/8” for the shaft. Paul Sellers has great video for the build on Woodworking Masterclasses (for a fee).

Ron, that is a great suggestion – I may just bring the two that I planned to donate to the local VA hospital.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 03:38 AM

Nice workman like job Matt, your Buddy has a good friend indeed

That Oak one is my pick

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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