Sugar maple cane for mother-in-law

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Project by TheHarr posted 05-10-2011 03:03 AM 1535 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother-in-law is getting unsteady on her feet and needed a cane, so I made her a nice one out of sugar maple. I had to cut it down a couple of times while I was making it because it seams like she’s got shorter everytime I saw her. I had to round the cane using hand planes because I don’t have a big expensive lathe. That would be sweet—but I don’t have one. Oh well, maybe some day. I chose to use water soluble dye because it produces an even color. Well, I was wrong about that, I didn’t expect the end grain to darken as much as it did. Live and learn. This is my first attempt to produce a complex shape using rasps and files—its fun. The shaping is relaxing and you really don’t know what you’ll end up until your’re finished. I have to say the cane doesn’t look like much in these pictures, but I can assure you, it still dosen’t look like much in person. Anyway, I enjoyed it. I actually got a compliment—whew! My head is spinning!

-- The wood is good.

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 03:57 AM

looks great.. I like the shapes

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 03:58 AM

Hey, turning a cane on a lathe is the easy way. Shaping like you did is the skillful way. Nice job on the cane. That is a nice user friendly handle too. I like things that are made to fit!!
Thanks for sharing…......Jim

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 04:25 AM

I really like the style, and shape of it.

-- Chuck

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 04:31 AM

Thoughtful project, keep up the good work. I assume the compliment was from the MIL. That will make one’s head swim.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 01:43 PM

Very nice!

-- christopheralan

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