First turned Cane

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Project by Roger posted 749 days ago 1634 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1st of all, this is a collaborated project between my neighbor & me. My neighbor (he is over 80), asked me if I would turn a cane for him out of a 3”x3” piece of Poplar he had layin round his garage for a long time. He still does a little woodworkin himself, but, he doesn’t have a lathe. He actually made the handle for it. Pictured here is the cane that I turned (this is my 1st attempt at turning a cane)(my part is done), and the handle that he is going to finish. He just roughed it out so we could get the length right for him. OH, and check out that tool rest…...(plz be careful if you try this at home).................... It’s the longest pipe clamp I own….. I had to “shim-up” each end of my lathe, but, hey, it worked fine for rounding this 35” piece o Poplar with a 3/8” piece o Walnut laminated in the middle. I will try & get a pic when he is finished doing what he wanted to do to it. Thnx for lookin and any comments are appreciated.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#1 posted 749 days ago

Beautiful job and that walnut strip you put in really added to the character of this cane. Great turn!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 749 days ago

Nice job, Roger. I like the look of the laminated contrasting colors. he’ll love it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 749 days ago

looks great. Did you save a few more blocks off that 3×3? ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 749 days ago

Classy lookin stick Roger, would never thought of the laminate approach, very well done man

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 749 days ago

The pipe clamp is a neat idea! I thought I recognized the cane from when you posted the steady rest.

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

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#6 posted 749 days ago

thnx everybody. Topa: He brought me a 9’ 3×3, and I only cut off the 36” that would fit in my lathe. I actually cut off 40”. I did use the 4” block on my “football-helmet” steady rest as the base. Lew: yup, dat’s da one.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 749 days ago

Cool! It looks awesome!


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#8 posted 749 days ago

Now thats a walking stick. Great job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 749 days ago

This looks great Roger. Really fine turning!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#10 posted 749 days ago

It’s like a giant pen blank… hehe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 749 days ago

Roger, I really like that you laminated the poplar and walnut and included that knot. I know nothing of lathes/turning but it looks like ya done good here. I can’t believe all those HF clamps (and no shrapnel!) Mine exploded the first time I used them.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 749 days ago

Thnx Andy… LOL yep, that’s why I had to use everyone o those cheap-ass (excuse the explitive) clamps….. I can’t afford any o them high dollar ones tho

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Monte Pittman

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#13 posted 749 days ago

Very nice job. I always appreciate the tutorials as well.

Your profile picture is looking too serious though. Go back to the hammock.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#14 posted 749 days ago

Looks good Roger. That oughta hold up for quite a while. Nice collaborative efforts.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#15 posted 749 days ago

Nice cane roger but a question what is that jig? in picture #6

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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