First Cane

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Project by MShort posted 01-09-2010 07:30 PM 1437 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cane for my mother. The handle is made from a peach tree from her back yard and the shaft is made of cherry and walnut. This is my first attempt at making a cane. I used dowels and pins to secure the joints together and made a few adjustsments as I went along to fit it to mom’s small hands and height. Thanks for looking and have a great day.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 07:40 PM

Thank you for showing this. It looks like you did a very good job.

I have a special curiosity about canes. My father is very dependent on his cane. On occasion he will put a lot of weight on his cane. He uses a metal cane. I would like to make him a more attractive wooden cane but I need to be 100% certain that it will handle whatever strain he puts on it. I would feel terrible if the cane ever failed and caused him to take a bad fall. Do you have any thoughts on how one can be certain that the cane is strong enough while still being attractive?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 08:08 PM

Very nice job, especially for your first go at it. Much better than my first attempts years ago. Keep it up, as it appears you have a natural talent as a stickmaker.

-- Craig, North Carolina

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 08:13 PM


I had the same concern with the strength of the can for my mom. I made most of the shaft thicker to give it strength. I was hesitant of just putting a dowel with flat joints might result in failure so I cut a small tenon and mortise on each side of the walnut and the drilled the center with a dowel running of of the sectioned joints to give it the extra support. There may be a better way to do that. There is a lady on this site that make gorgeous looking canes (Meilie, LJ id mmh), she may know of a better method.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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