|Project by Mattyboy||posted 07-20-2015 06:44 PM||1037 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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