|Project by mmh||posted 07-30-2010 04:46 AM||3125 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This cane was commissioned as a birthday present for a gentleman who wanted an elegant cane with a traditional right angle “L” shaped handle. He liked the style of Cane #079 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/34051 and this is actually the sister piece of wood from that cane. I was pleased to be able to make a second version of that cane with a shaft of my creation instead of having to use a pre-existing shaft.
The handle is made of solid Black and White Ebony, the shaft solid Brazilian Ebony. The Brazilian Ebony has a deep mustard color when worked, but readily oxidizes to a nice dark chocolate brown.
You will note that there is only one side dowel instead of the usual two that are used to anchor the internal dowel steadfast to the handle & shaft. Instead of using a separate dowel to fasten the handle, I decided to make a hidden tenon from the same piece of wood. I used the band saw with a 3/4” blade to carefully cut the 1” square x 36” blank of ebony 3” from the end to mark the shoulder that the handle would rest on. I then slivered off 3” off of the long grain off the end, using the 3/4” circle I marked at the end as a visual guide for a 3/4” round tenon, being careful not to cut into the shoulder. I also used a smaller band saw with a 1/4” blade to trim off the excess wood to create a smooth, even 3” dowel (round tenon). I used the small 36” belt sander to carefully round out the tenon and then used a flat file to shape and trim any excess wood so the handle would sit square and flat. This was a pretty simple yet tricky method, as you need to take your time and be precise or you get uneven surfaces and end up spending a lot of time fixing that. It would be a lot easier if the tenon cutters readily available as drill attachments would cut a flat shoulder instead of a curved one.
After the tenon is satisfactory, I can shape the shaft round via spoke shave and/or belt sander.
For more information on my work visit www.bigstickcanes.com.
Comments and inquiries welcome.
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