Making A Walking Cane

Recently I lost my cane. Don't need it 99% of the time, but if the knee goes, need it right then, so've taken to carrying a cane. Then lost it. Apparently I set it on the top of the cab of my trucklet while putting my mail in at the post office, then forgot it. Went back later, but couldn't find it. So had to buy another. The last one ran me about $14-15. This one cost right at $20, a sizeable jump. So decided to make at least one spare.
Remebered this link, and thought about using it. http://arbortechusa.com/upload/pdfs/walking-sticks.pdf Nah, I'd rather just come up with something on my own, after all, it ain't rocket science. So, decided to glue up some of the oak flooring the older son gave me, overlapping pieces, tracing my present cane, and go from there.
Before I started gluing up, found out the pieces of flooring weren't really square at the ends. No prob, I got a power mitre saw from HF awhile back. It works great. Found out that if I just zip thru the pieces, it leave a slightly splintery cut. Cutting thru a bit slower gives a nice smooth non-splintery cut. I May be able to finish up the glueup tomorrow, maybe the next day. Then I get the fun of shapping it.
I talked to the older son this evening, and mentioned it to him. He asked if I was going to round it in my lathe. Slap forehead, say the obligatory"Doh". Never even thought of it. But, no prob. I'll get it cut then run it thru the planer a few passes - should probably have done that before the glue up, but forgot. Nex time. Anyway, once I've got the thing cut out I'll probably round it with a surform. I figure I'll probably wind up making at least one or two more, spares you know, so this one is basically a learning experience.
Got the wood free, all this will be costing me is a minimal cost for the glue, and my time. Can't beat that. Not sure if I'll leave it natural, or thin some latex paint way down, and use it as a stain - custom color mixed, of course.
JOAT I do things I don't know how to do, so that I might learn how to do them. - Picasso
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J T wrote:

My situation is similar. Most of the time I use the cane to beat off young women who seem to go into a sexual frenzy at the sight of my wrinkles and white hair/beard. :)
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Hah. Yeah. Just like me. That's all I really need a cane for these days.
In fact, I just had a book come out on that very subject, but...when it came time to get one for myself (the publisher still has the samples I sent), I looked on eBay and found a guy selling white ash canes, three for $15.95 plus some reasonable shipping. I was pleased with what I got, coated one with golden oak stain and some poly, and stashed the other two for when I pull a JOAT and lose the first one. Which I will.
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Charlie,
I received your new book "Make your Own Walking Sticks" as a gift from my wife. I found it very useful; I would never thought to laminate the wood for a cane instead of steam bending. Great book: Bravo Zulu
Neil
Charlie Self wrote: > Hah. Yeah. Just like me. That's all I really need a cane for these

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Sat, Aug 18, 2007, 9:33pm (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com (CharlieSelf) doth sayeth: <snip> In fact, I just had a book come out on that very subject, <snip>stashed the other two for when I pull a JOAT and lose the first one. Which I will.
Probably would have helped to know that a couple of days ago. I hang mine on my arm now, instead of setting it on the roof.
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Sat, Aug 18, 2007, 11:33am (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@guesswhere.com (dadiOH) doth claimeth: My situation is similar. Most of the time I use the cane to beat off young women who seem to go into a sexual frenzy at the sight of my wrinkles and white hair/beard. :)
Put your glasses on. It's probably old women, with pockets full of viagra.
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J T wrote: | Sat, Aug 18, 2007, 11:33am (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@guesswhere.com (dadiOH) | doth claimeth: | My situation is similar. Most of the time I use the cane to beat off | young women who seem to go into a sexual frenzy at the sight of my | wrinkles and white hair/beard. :) | | Put your glasses on. It's probably old women, with pockets | full of viagra.
Sounds like a case of sour grapes. On the off chance that JT might be right, leave your glasses on the workbench!
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Sat, Aug 18, 2007, 8:16pm (EDT-1) snipped-for-privacy@iedu.com (MorrisDovey doth imagine: Sounds like a case of sour grapes. On the off chance that JT might be right, leave your glasses on the workbench!
No grapes here. That's what viagra was invented for, so old women could get old men to have sex with them.
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(dadiOH) doth

Either way, there's a lot of beating off going on.
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So what color will you be painting/staining it ?
JOAT Yellow?
Charley
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Sun, Aug 19, 2007, 1:43pm snipped-for-privacy@carolina.rr.com (Charley) doth queryeth: So what color will you be painting/staining it ? JOAT Yellow?
The final decision has not yet been made. Yellow is definitely still in the running.
What I'm actually gonna do is use thinned latex paint, thin enough to be more stain than paint. Mostt likely a "custom" stain. Screaming Zonker Yellow comes to mind.
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