Local red oak put to good use

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Project by Jim55 posted 10-15-2012 03:14 AM 1677 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I put two items in here because they are so closely related. The wood is local East Texas red oak scrounged from my firewood pile. It was a well aged stick that is the only thing that truly shows that dark red. Otherwise red oak isn’t at all dark or all that red but, let the stuff age well…

I put the cleaver to use more like a froe. I use it to split really slim pieces of kindling to start the fires in our wood stove. Anyway, that was too hard use for whatever they made the handle out of so this is what took it’s place. I didn’t have proper Chicago screws so just used what I had, considering the use I put it to.
The cane- Well, I have to use one and can’t stand those hideously efficient but, ugly adjustable metal ones VA hands out. So I figure if I have to use one, way not enjoy it?!
The handle is contoured to suit my hand. I rubbed blo- Boiled Linseed Oil into the handle every day for a week.
(I’m sure the old wood worker’s saw about Linseed Oil is well known here but just in case someone needs or wants to hear it again, here goes…
Rub the oil in about 20-30 minutes feeling the wood warm to the touch through this schedule…
every day for a week,
Once a week for a month,
Once a month for a year,
Once a year thereafter.

At least, that’s the formula for gun stocks.

This cane grip, I rubbed out with steel wool then burnished with a piece of rib bone. The image cannot convey the smoothness of the handle. The cane shaft is local too and was simply finished with a poly/stain. I have made two of these now. This one is my wife’s. We are both getting a little gimp with age and Arthur- arthritis that is.

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 11:40 AM

Your red oak looks fantastic as a knife handle and I also like your walking stick. Very nice work. You are right, your cane is much nicer than a simple aluminum stick.

I worked out my own method for finishing my gunstocks. After sanding to 220 grit, I use a 50-50 mixture of tung oil and mineral spirits for the first of several coats that I wet sand with either fine wet/dry sandpaper. The tiny bits of dust fill the pores and level the surface. Unlike BLO, tung oil hardens so I can use any finish after the tung oil polymerizes. After several coats of this mixture, I take the thinned tung oil and mix it 50-50 with exterior spar varnish and also rub it in with extra fine stainless steel wool. It takes only a few minutes to rub in a coat each evening for 5 to 7 days. Then I rub in a couple of coats using a drop on a fingertip and rubbing it in a small area till it’s dry to the touch. Two or 3 finish coats result in a hard finish that’s easy to repair if it gets a scratch.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 04:10 AM

Nice job, I have got some kitchen knives that are totally hammered and I have been thinking about regrinding and sharpening them, thanks for the inspiration!

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 11-28-2014 07:49 PM

yes, Arthur is the worst of the Ritus boys….

-- Get off my lawn!

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