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

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Project by mmh posted 07-15-2010 01:34 AM 2118 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 07-15-2010 01:50 AM

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 07-15-2010 01:55 AM

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

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-15-2010 02:05 AM

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

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#4 posted 07-15-2010 02:26 AM

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 07-15-2010 02:29 AM

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 07-15-2010 03:02 AM

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

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 07-15-2010 03:05 AM

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 07-15-2010 04:01 AM

Love the grain on the handle! Very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 07-15-2010 05:47 AM

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 07-15-2010 08:58 AM

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 07-15-2010 04:46 PM

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

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#12 posted 07-15-2010 07:47 PM


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

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#13 posted 07-17-2010 01:22 AM

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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