Cane made with Osage Orange

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Project by RichGreer2r posted 02-29-2016 02:01 AM 1079 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have no idea why the first 3 pictures are upside down.

Some LumberJocks may remember me. I used to be quite active before I had a bad stroke in 4/2014. I no longer have access to my old account, so I have started a new account.

This is one of my first projects since my stroke. I really need a cane and I made this one exactly how I like it.

This is a derby style cane handle but I made the handle larger than a typical derby. It fits my big hand better. The 4th picture illustrates the difference with my handle and a typical derby handle. Note – that typical cane is my burbinga cane that I did not make.

I shaped the shaft with a router. At the top the shaft is a 1 inch square with a 3/8 round over on all 4 corners. The shaft tapers down to a circle with a 3/4 inch diameter.

This is Osage Orange, a little known and little appreciated wood. It is very hard (Janka index of 2300) and very strong.

Finish is Minwax hand rubbed polyurethane.

It is great to be back in the shop.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 02:20 AM

nice piece of functional equipment. I live in wichita and have a hedge row in my back yard. have never tried to make anything out of it. i know the native indians made bows out of osage.

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#2 posted 02-29-2016 03:10 AM

Looks great! I’m sure it’s nice to have a custom fit.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 05:58 AM

The color is outstanding!
You should do a blog on your router shaping if you haven’t done that!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 03:05 PM

Nice cane. I have made lots of things from Osage Orange and love the stuff. It certainly is hard but it finishes up beautifully. You will never have to worry about the strength of this one.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 03:56 PM

When you really need a cane like I do, you want to be absolutely certain that the cane will never break. I certainly feel that way about this cane and my other canes. FYI – I have purchased canes in bubinga, wenge and hazel wood. I have the material to make my next cane with an ebony shaft and a pink ivory handle.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 05:04 PM

Rich, These are nice. I’ve thought about making a cane for my father but wasn’t sure it would be strong enough. I was wondering if you could elaborate on how you joined the handle to to shaft. Did you use a dowel? And on the darker on, is the ring there just for looks or does it add strength?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 05:31 PM

I put a 1/2” oak dowel about 2” into the top of shaft and about 2” into the handle. IMO, it is very strong.

The ring you are referring to must be on the bubinga cane I showed for comparison. I did not make it. I did not use any ring on the cane i made. A ring can hide an imperfect joint. I think my joint between the shaft and handle is almost perfect.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#8 posted 03-01-2016 12:56 AM

Rich, Really good to see you back in the shop !!!

I love hedge and you cane came out beautifully.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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