Fancy Tall & Large Cane #081: Cocobolo, Purpleheart, Padauk & Osage Orange

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Project by mmh posted 1469 days ago 1655 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an extra large handle and tall cane designed and fabricated by my husband, Michael. He used a nice piece of Cocobolo for the Harrison style handle and turned a piece of Purpleheart to fit into the handle creating a visible tenon for ultimate strength. The additional pieces of Padauk, Osage Orange and Cocobolo are also turned with a hidden tenon (dowel) also providing superior stength in each section. The handle is 7.5 inches long and very comfortable, especially if you have a large hand and need to put a lot of weight on your cane when walking. I assisted in the finishing and photography techniques. Another handsome piece for our inventory.

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#1 posted 1469 days ago

That handle is fantastic! You really made the grain pop. Well done!

-- 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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#2 posted 1469 days ago

Wow it’s got it all , well made, super wood and great design.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1469 days ago

you & michael make a great team. The handle is is very difficult to get many pieces in the stick & keep it straight..good job..

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#4 posted 1469 days ago

Nice one! Looks nice and comfortable. Super…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 1469 days ago

pimpin, down right pimpin.

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#6 posted 1469 days ago

Very nice and a beautiful finish. Always such nice work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 1469 days ago

The grain and color of the handle is super! How are the segments of the shaft held together?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 1469 days ago

Love the grain on the handle! Very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 1468 days ago

Tell Michael he done good!

Interesting color combinations.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 1468 days ago

Thank you for the generous comments. We are both having fun working in the woodshop and like to get each other’s opinions and help on our projects. It does get a little cramped when we both spread out, but otherwise the creativity is contageous.

Kindlingmaker: The sections are glued and have a 3” hidden tenon/dowel that was turned from the same piece of wood, eliminating the separate dowel used in other styles.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 1468 days ago

Very nice! I like that handle style. What type of finish do you use?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 1467 days ago

I usually use a tung/poly oil finish such as Minwax but Cocobolo is to oily and will resist the oil and it becomes gummy, so I have to use a paste wax on Cocobolo and the other woods can be applied with the tung/poly. This piece is only treated with paste wax which gives a nice enhancement but no where near as nice as the tung/poly.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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