Quick, fun project
I was informed just a day or two ago that I was attending a Murder Mystery dinner party by my wife and daughters and their friends, and I needed to make a main dish and come up with a costume..... nothin' like waiting until the last minute to tell me!
It is a fairy tale theme, and my character's name is Prince Cane, brother of Belle from 'beauty and the beast'. I didn't have any idea what to make, but 'cane' was implanted in my brain and got the gears turning.
I remembered a project from long ago on the old Legacy Woodworking VHS tapes of a hammerhead cane. I dusted off the ornamental mill (which I mainly use as a wide surface planer and mortiser), and the result is pictured below.
I didn't have exactly the stock thickness I needed for the hammer head, so it is a touch too skinny, but not bad. The poplar was an offcut from a bench I had just finished, and probably isn't the best wood choice for a real cane, I feel a little more flex than I would like. I hadn't used the spiral feature for a while, and I made a 3 start rope instead of a 2 start, but it doesn't look that bad.
If I had to do it again, I would add a taper on the shaft of the cane instead of just reducing it in one step. This might give a bit more rigidity and make it look a little bit better.
I almost forgot how much fun it is to play with the spirals and indexing head on that machine.