|Project by footprints||posted 12-10-2010 07:36 PM||1483 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
An athletic friend developed Parkinson’s disease a few years ago and has resisted using a cane. I thought he might like this walking stick as a more manly option. Just in time for Christmas.
It is 60” long, 1-1/4” square walnut stock with 1/8th” thick yellow heart inserts. The top hand hold portion is described in Lew’s blog on Celtic knot rolling pins. The bottom portion uses the jig shown in photo 4. It produces a 1/8” saw kerf at 45 degrees to the walnut stock. After the initial 1 3/16” deep cut is made, it is slipped over the aluminum spacer bar (which is adjustable) shown in photo 5. This assures even spacing all the way down the stick and locks the stock in safely.
Use plenty of glue for the .120-.123 thick inserts. Plane off excess glue and insert and rotate 180 degrees to get a “falling chain” pattern. Rotate 90 degrees and stagger the distance down the stick to make more complex patterns.
The stick is too long for the lathe so I used a 7/8” quarter round router bit to rough it out and finished with a spokeshave. Finished in shellac and acrylic.
-- Ray, Phoenix, Maryland