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Forum topic by merlinsr2 posted 07-15-2011 05:03 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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merlinsr2

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07-15-2011 05:03 PM

I have a few pieces of Gabon Ebony that are 1 inch square and 36 inches long that I would like to use as cane shafts but they have a slight bow in them, between 1/4 and 3/8 inches. I know that ebony does not like heat and it seems that water would be out of the question. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 07-15-2011 05:10 PM

To start with, I am NOT a turner. That being said, I personally would think such a bow might be an attractive feature in a cane. What about starting with a 1/2” round-over bit on your router table to get the basic round shape and then carve from there. Or if you have tapered the length with your TS then small round-overs might be called for as well. Just a thought…

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#2 posted 07-15-2011 05:11 PM

I have bent ebony, but you should not try to go against nature just
to straighten these pieces you have.

I might cut the ebony in half, excavate a channel in each half, and
inset a graphite bar, then glue back together. Graphite bars are
very stiff for their weight and cross section. Sold through luthier
supply houses.

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merlinsr2

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#3 posted 07-15-2011 05:24 PM

Thank You to both of your replies. I guess I have a roadblock in my mind about having a straight shaft on the cane. I sell them in craft fairs and when people pick up a stick and look down the length of it and it is crooked they seem to shy away. Cutting it in half would leave a cut line that might also be a detraction, don’t know. I do appreciate the ideas and my use them on some other woods.

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sarahss

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#4 posted 07-15-2011 11:01 PM

Could you follow Loren’s suggestion with the graphite, and maybe make the cut line into a decorative feature? Maybe a nice contrasting wood or some type of multi species glue up in there?

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merlinsr2

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#5 posted 07-16-2011 06:59 AM

Thanks for the idea, I would have never come up with that procedure. I really do not want to cut the ebony but will keep that idea in mind.

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