Bandsaw Walking Stick

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 04-04-2010 03:33 AM 3900 reads 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LOML wanted me to make her a new walking stick. Had to be a minimum of 44” long but my lathe can only take stock 40” plus she wanted it made from a couple of different woods and it had to taper from 1 1/4”- 1”.
Using what I had learned from making my pen blank jig I went ahead and made a new jig for making round blanks using my bandsaw. The jig had to be capable of holding the blank securely on the centers but at the same time allowing the blank to be rotated as it was passed through the saw. It also had to be attached to the fence of the saw to provide accurate cuts each time it was sent through and retracted, plus it had to be adjustable for different lengths and diameters of stock. Here is what I came up with. The blank is made from 2 pieces of bloodwood and 2 pieces of fishtail oak glued together to make a blank 1 1/2 sq x 44” long.

The stationary part of the jig attaches to the fence and has a groove routed that accepts the movable part that the blank attaches to and is able to slide back and forth along the entire length. The blank is attached to the supports using screws that are centered in the blank and are spaced using rubber washers to hold it from rotating while the cut is made. The taper is made by moving the far end of the blank support and securing with screws .
Once the blank is loaded onto the jig it is just a matter of slicing off a section then retracting, rotate ,slice and retract and so on until the blank is perfectly round.

The next step of the process was figuring out how to sand the roughed out blank to remove the saw marks. I normally would use the lathe for this step but because of the length of the blank it won’t fit so the next best thing is to make a sanding jig.
I began by making a mounting bracket to hold my electric drill which holds a 5/16” hex head driver.
A 5/16” hex head screw is then screwed into the end of the blank and acts as the center drive.

For the other end I used an old 1/4” router bit with a 3/8” bearing drilled into the end of the blank with the shaft end drilled into the support and secured to the bench.

After the set up is complete it’s just a matter of sanding through the grits until the shaft is smooth.

I went ahead and turned the knob for the top out of fishtail oak and bloodwood and attached it by turning a 3/8” tenon as part of the knob and drilling a 3/8” hole in the shaft.

So here is the finished Bandsaw walking stick. I still have to get a ferrule for the bottom and add a leather strap but this was a fun little project .LOML was very pleased. Think I’ll make a few more.

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 03:47 AM

Wow, very cool jig set up.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 04:04 AM

nice jig ,
and a super stick .

very well explained and done !


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#3 posted 04-04-2010 04:26 AM

Amasing! It could not have been that easy? It looks so round off of a bandsaw blade…. I think that I need to set down and thing about this again. Thanks for sharing, this was excellent!

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 04:31 AM

Way cool – Love the jig too.

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 04:36 AM

Amazing project. Very well explained and great photo’s. Really enjoyed your blog and I think your walking stick is top notch as well.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 05:08 AM

Excellent jig and job!!! I favorited it.

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 05:49 AM

Excellent jig. Love the idea. Great use of your imagination.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 01:13 PM

Very impressive!

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 11:44 PM

Absolutely great job.

-- James, Mississippi

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 12:46 AM

Way to go cool jig

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#11 posted 05-06-2010 05:19 PM

cool jig job

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#12 posted 05-06-2010 05:30 PM


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#13 posted 05-07-2010 04:02 AM

very nicely done , i have only done that with my legacy ornamental mill .
the taper is very sweet and the 2 tones are cool . hats off .
can you do a spiral ?

-- Kier Mizuik,Miramichi ,New Brunswick,Canada ://

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#14 posted 05-07-2010 05:01 AM

Really clever jig. well done.

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#15 posted 06-28-2010 09:46 PM

Unfortunately I missed this post, but better late than never as they say. I just wanted to tell you what a clever fellow I think you are. Of course you already know that, but it’s always good when others feel the same way.

I also wanted to thank you for sharing these unique cutting and sanding jigs with us. I have a 36” capacity lathe, but your jig would allow me to more accurately and efficiently round and taper longer things. I have had on occasion done this by cutting an octagon on the bandsaw and then shaving and sanding to a finish. Your method is a whole lot better.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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