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10-05-2009 11:10 AM

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On my dads property my cousin and I found a lot of sticks on the property that we thought would make great walking sticks. My cousin who goes to a lot of farmers markets and garage sales says that people pay big bucks for walking sticks so we thought we might play around with a few and see what we could do with them. I am not sure what kind of wood they are because I know nothing about woods but I know some of it is cedar. We want to make them shiney and pretty so how do we do this?

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 09:42 PM

Cedar probably won’t make a good walking stick because it is too soft. You would do better with oak, maple, beech, etc. Sand thoroughly, probably starting at 80 grit, then 100#, 150, 180, and finally 220. After it is all sanded smooth, apply several (at least 6-8) coats of wipe-on polyurethane. Apply with a cotton rag (tshirt material), let sit for a few minutes, wipe off. This applies a very thin coat, thus you need the multiple coats.

Good luck and please post pictures when you’re done.


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