Saw how hockey sticks are made on How It's Made. Neat.
Guess I made my original point a bit vague. A lot vague? Vague.
What point? What're we talking about. Anyway, making a cane isn't
rocket science. Sure, could look better, but needing a cane NOW, it
still looks pretty good. Major point, it was a learning experience. I
didn't expect it to look beautiful, even if I'd taken a week to make it.
It's the first one, a prototype, in fact, even if not in name. When I
make something new, I usually go thru several variations, improving each
time. I recently made two routing jigs, both from scratch, because the
first didn't work as I wanted. Modified another. May have to make a
new version of yet another. That's the way it goes sometimes. So the
cane is the first version. Acually, it doesn't look real bad, and it IS
functionsl. Function was the first requirement, looks second.
I'd been thinking about rounding the shaft of the cane, but won't.
I kind like the flat sides, and that leaves space for carving, or
painting, or both, designs - which a kid would probably like if they
happen to need a cane. I think I may make at least one octagon, later.
But all in all the square shaft makes it kinda distinctive. I was going
to round the handle too, but found e straight sides are quite
comfortable, so don't plan on rounding any of them. The inside of the
handle was cut with a 5" hole saw. Just right.
I suppose the final point is, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to
make a cane. Just make one, see how it turns out, then make another
one, and make it better. Repeat until you get something you like. I
need to double-check, but I think rubber crutch tips are less expensive
then rubber cane tips. And, if I recall right, there are rubber tips
that go on furniture legs that cost even less. Hell, glue some 1/2"
plywood strips together, nothing says you 'have' to use solid wood. Ive
got a woodburner that gets little use, and those flat sides would make a
nice place to burn some designs on.
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