Fancy Cane #95: Black & White Ebony w/ Brazilian Ebony

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Project by mmh posted 07-30-2010 04:46 AM 3365 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 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.

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Comments and inquiries welcome.

-- "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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#1 posted 07-30-2010 05:19 AM

Its not very often that I get accused of being a gentleman so I bow ?

a fine example of how and why I promote locally grown woodsl

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 07:32 AM

Wow, Meilie! Another beauty!

You certainly have been busy lately!


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

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 12:35 PM

Great wood combination & craftsmanship. Well done.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 04:37 PM

Once again a very fine job!

You are a a master at your craft!

That black and white ebony is just beautiful.
Very nice choice of woods.

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

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#5 posted 07-30-2010 04:42 PM

Awesome looking pattern in wood. Looks spalted.

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 05:02 PM

this might be my favorite cane on lumberjocks … excellent choice of material and design
after reading your method of making the tenon, it made me think … a wood lathe with a hollow tube thru the center of the head stock with a three jaw chuck … wonder if there are any affordable specialty cane lathes? In the metal world there are bar fed machines shaped like that

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 04:22 AM

Beautiful piece of Black and White Ebony. And ebony shaft.

Nice looking combination.

-- 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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#8 posted 07-31-2010 05:02 AM

What a beauty, great looking piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 08-01-2010 06:06 PM

This cane has a certain ‘quality’ about it that makes it look timeless in spite of the striking wood grain. Sort of like it could have been made in another century. Nice lines… on the cane and in the grain.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 08-01-2010 06:29 PM

Another Masterpiece. A beautiful combination of woods. You made an excellent shaft without a lathe. The hidden tenon is also a great idea and having just one dowel leaves more of the grain of the handle for view….I am sure the customer will be excited about the results.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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