|Project by knottysticks||posted 09-06-2010 07:26 PM||2110 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I have been admiring the turned canes here , for some time now . There are so many woodworkers making beautiful canes I thought I’d give a fancy cane a try , as I got a deal [I think?] on a new Delta midi lathe w/ a bed extension for $ 299 cdn . I didn’t want to get too fancy my 1st time , just turn a straight shaft w/ a celtic knot. I found turning the shaft straight forward but I somehow ended up w/ the knot slightly off centre [ any advise here welcome ] My blank was much larger than a pen blank so I think my band saw blade wandered slightly making the cuts . As the knot is made up of slices of purple heart cut through the shaft , to reinforce the shaft after I made sure the dowel that connects the handle travels well down past and below the knot . The shaft was made from reclaimed fir , salvaged from a 1920’s old school hand rail , so I felt this wouldn’t be a huge loss when I messed it up. I was suprised how easy the handle was to shape , and I must say that never having worked w/ zebra wood before , zebra wood finishes out to a beautiful iridescent finish . I did learn that next time I will try to marry the hardness of the woods being turned more closely , just to make it easier to turn .
I was commissioned to make a cane for a 94 year old lady who is almost blind. I felt that if I had limited eye sight ’ pretty woods ’ where of less importance than the ’ feel and shape ’ of the cane . So after turning the shaft I textured the shaft w/ a foredom to give it a contrasting feel compared to handle . But in the end I decided a diamond willow cane held more character for someone w/ limited sight . [ see cane here ] This was a fun project and a great way to learn how to use my new lathe , although this almost felt like cheating as everything is straight and w/ right angles and is so easy to sand up .
Handle – Zebra Wood
Shaft – Fir
Knot + Spacer – Purple Heart
Bottom – Brass Tip
Finish – Satin Poly
Thank you for your interest.
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