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post #1 of 12 Old 02-13-2020, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Wood for cane?

I’m making a cane for a friend. It will have a bronze handle which has a 1/2” ID and a 3/4” OD

I’m trying to decide what wood to use for the shaft. Ebony has been suggested, but I’m not sure I can find a piece the size I need and ebony is a bear to turn.

Any suggestions for something nice looking and plenty strong? I’m especially concerned about the tenon that’s only 1/2” going into the handle.

Here are some pictures of the handle. Cool, huh?
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Walnut, maple, oak?
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I used white oak for my wifeís, but it sounds like you want something more exotic.
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I used white oak for my wifeís, but it sounds like you want something more exotic.
I Have some quartersawn white oak which would probably show some interesting grain.
I donít know that I was necessarily thinking exotic as I was thinking something dark.
Walnut would work, but I donít usually think of it a being strong.

What do you guys think of ipe?
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Any dense wood that has relatively straight grain should be fine.

I would avoid exotics if I were you. I made a cane out of marblewood and it was a nightmare. Beautiful end result, but I definitely went off the deep end in the density department. That stuff may as well been solid rock. Very difficult to work with.

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What about using ash? Straight grain, it is used in lots of handles so should work well.
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I just got back from the lumber yard. Minimal selection of Ash.

Now I’m thinking about using quartersawn white oak. The grain will have some interest and hopefully it’s strong enough.
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I just got back from the lumber yard. Minimal selection of Ash.

Now Iím thinking about using quartersawn white oak. The grain will have some interest and hopefully itís strong enough.


White oak is very strong, it would make a good club
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I used cherry for the cane I built.


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Go into the woods ......

You may find a perfect limb or sapling to make your cane from. Since you already have the handle, it can just be straight..... itsh. I found a perfect cane on a lilac bush with the correct handle included. No work needed to make it into the correct angle or anything, just cut it to length and put a rubber bumper on the end.

https://stuporglue.org/milling-lilac-trees-into-boards/


Lilac and olive are wood not normally considered for woodworking but they are very strong. Tulip may be another. Osage orange would be available out West as would Mesquite. I think and of the fruit bearing trees would work.

https://www.ehow.com/facts_7876534_d...-michigan.html

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I used Cocobolo for one I'd made a few months back. Dark wood and very strong.
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White oak is very strong, it would make a good club

Straight grain oak is certainly strong enough. But, I do not know what quarter sawn does to the grain orientation. For a cane you want the grain to be running up and down the shaft.


Cannot take any chances of the cane snapping when in use.
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