Commision Cane

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Project by scrappy posted 01-16-2010 07:48 AM 1874 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got another commision job from the same guy that got the Gavel and Gavel Box projects.

Not sure what kind of wood the shaft is. It came from my step sons tree in his yard. I get it over 2 years ago and it has been sitting in the corner of the garage since. The guy the cane is for is LARGE, so I wanted to make sure it was stong enough for him. I laid it on blocks at each end and stood in the center. Only flexed about 1/2 inch with my 185lbs on it, so it should work.

I dyed the wood with black leather dye. Then sanded lightly through along the grain for highlights.

Finish is LOTS of sanding to 300 grit and several coats of hand wipe poly with sanding between coats. Buffed out after by hand with a piece of scrap fake fur.haha

The top ball is Eucalyptus. I cut the branch on an angle so the core would be top front after turning. It was drying and checking as I was turning it, so kept putting CA glue in the cracks. It helped stop them. After turning I dried it the rest of the way in the microwave. ( I used this method)

For the joint between the top and shaft, I used a hole drill from a door knob install kit. The inside of the hole saw cut a nice 1 1/8 diam stem/tenon on the top of the shaft. I also pluged the center hole with a dowel. Then drilled the 1 1/8 hole in the handle 1 1/4 deep for a good M&T fit. Figured this would be the strongest attachment I could come up with since my lathe is not set up to turn something 38 inch long.

All in all I am very happy with the results. I delived it today and he is very happy also. Put his full weight on it while walking and had no trouble. (he really like the cracks in the top knob. Said it looks like a spider.) haha

Please leave all comments and critiques. Thank you for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 08:00 AM

very nice … great shapes

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 11:11 AM

Nice job Scrappy. The knob looks great and I really like the finish on the shaft. I know he was pleased.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 12:41 PM

good job
must be some tough wood if i’m reading your test lab method right
have you used the microwave drying before?
what sort of luck?

-- Ron, Missouri

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 01:23 PM

Well done Scrappy. Thanks for the link, I have the same problem with the cracking. I think sometimes I get the wood too warm when I’m sanding.

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 03:19 PM

Nice cane Scrappy, A cane is a personal thing. I have built several, delivering one just this week. It was for a local preacher. He wanted a verse engraved in it too. I am not a good relief carver but I got it done.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 03:57 PM

Scrappy: A fantastic looking cane. I guess that he was glad that you saved his wood for him.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 04:25 PM

Thanks for the great comments everyone.

hootr I have used the microwave drying before. It works pretty good as long as you let your wood cool down ALL THE WAY betwen turns. And remember, if you have a turntable in you microwave, it need to cool down also.

Thanks Again.


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#8 posted 01-16-2010 05:05 PM

It looks great. I see why the new owner is proud of it. What is the diameter of the top?

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 06:32 PM

Good job Scrappy.

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#10 posted 01-16-2010 09:34 PM

Skylark53, The top is about 3 1/2 inch diam. Fit his paw real well. Too large for mine. haha

Thanks Jim

Thanks everyone.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 01-17-2010 03:28 PM

thanks for the info scrappy
once again really nice work

-- Ron, Missouri

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