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06-23-2017 11:36 PM
JOAT Hah. Found this picture looking for something else. I think these are the first two canes I ever made. The sapling cane would be number 2. The number 1 is/was made from oak flooring. I planed the pieces down to 1/2" inch thick, cut them down to 1" wide, lapped them, and glued them together. I think the pieces were 18" long max. A bit heavy but a really nice cane. And lost it by putting it on the roof while I loaded my vehicle, forgot it, drove off, and lost it. Lost a number of canes that way, until I finally trained myself to hang them on the mirror, toss them in the vehicle, lay them on the hood/windshield wipers, etc. Don't lose canes anymore. Really miss that cane. Really a nice cane.

Dang. I just saw the date on that picture. Been making canes for longer than I had thought, don't know how long I had that oak cane before the picture was taken, but it looks kind of grungy, no finish, so it could have been awhile.
06-22-2017 09:25 AM
JOAT
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Originally Posted by hawkeye10 View Post
Theo I bet your canes will put a big knot on a bad guys head.

Back to shipping your canes. I just had a thought Can you ship your canes with the handle removed? That way you could ship in a thinner box.
I would think so. Should be strong enough to possibly beat an attacking dog to death if need be.

Nope, no detachable parts. I have though about sending these out later as a kit to put together, but still pondering that, there would always be some idiot who doesn't bother following instructions, so likely won't. So my present canes will always go out as a finished product - nothing left unglued.
06-22-2017 08:27 AM
hawkeye10 Theo I bet your canes will put a big knot on a bad guys head.

Back to shipping your canes. I just had a thought Can you ship your canes with the handle removed? That way you could ship in a thinner box.
06-22-2017 07:12 AM
JOAT
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Originally Posted by Herb Stoops View Post
That is a terrific idea, and be sure to let us know it would be interesting.
be a shame to ruin one of your master pieces,though.
Herb
Masterpieces. Now that is funny.

Found another use. The doors on the Dodge truck I just got open further than with my Jeep. There is a halfway position where it will stay, but usually it opens all the way. And if I have my seat belt on, can't lean out far enough to close it. But, the cane hooks the door handle neatly, and I can pull the door closed.
06-20-2017 11:25 PM
Herb Stoops
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Originally Posted by JOAT View Post
Perzactly. My canes are the most fun I've had woodworking in a good while. And yes, they are strong. Two layers of 1/2" plywood, 1" wide, so the shaft is 1" square. No voids or splits in the plywood, so it makes for a strong cane. It didn't even creak opening that hood. I hope to talk a mechanical engineering professor at NCSU into test breaking strength on a couple of them for me, to see just how what it will take to break them.
That is a terrific idea, and be sure to let us know it would be interesting.
be a shame to ruin one of your master pieces,though.
Herb
06-20-2017 09:32 PM
JOAT
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Originally Posted by Herb Stoops View Post
That is what woodworking is all about,your having a lot of fun and enjoyment out it.
Those must be strong built canes to open that hood, I was looking for you to say you broke the handle off.
Herb
Perzactly. My canes are the most fun I've had woodworking in a good while. And yes, they are strong. Two layers of 1/2" plywood, 1" wide, so the shaft is 1" square. No voids or splits in the plywood, so it makes for a strong cane. It didn't even creak opening that hood. I hope to talk a mechanical engineering professor at NCSU into test breaking strength on a couple of them for me, to see just how what it will take to break them.
06-20-2017 07:44 PM
Herb Stoops That is what woodworking is all about,your having a lot of fun and enjoyment out it.
Those must be strong built canes to open that hood, I was looking for you to say you broke the handle off.
Herb
06-20-2017 05:46 PM
JOAT
I love my cane

Had problems, still unsolved, with the Jeep, so had to get another vehicle. A week ago Saturday got a very nice 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup. Well, this morning needed to check something on the engine. And couldn't open the hood - had already pulled the latch inside. The outside latch simply refused to move for me. So, stuck the handle of my test cane thru the grill, and by pulling, with both hands, on the shaft finally got the latch to pop. But the hood still wouldn't open, seems it needed to be pulled again. Had to resort to the cane again, and was finally able to get it to open. Definitely need to oil that latch it seems. So, have discovered a new use for my canes. Not only good for walking, reaching onto high or deep shelves in the store, knocking down spider webs, poking irritating people, but now opening the hood on my truck.
06-19-2017 05:58 AM
JOAT Knew there was something I was forgetting. My cane shafts are 1"X1" square. The lozenge is close to 12" long, and 3" wide - this will give plenty of space to put your military stripes, family pictures, or whatever.

I will be making one special cane for myself. On the handle I will have a Retired US Army logo. On the lozenge I will glue one of my set of stripes, or a printout of them, then a list of my assignments, and their lengths. Don't know if I will have that on one side, with something related on the other side, or both sides the same. Thinking of making a cane can (or whatever they are called) to hold several different designs, for my personal use, and swap out daily. Figure on sticking some in my vehicle, in case I find a buyer on my travels out and about - it has happened. Be prepared, or just in case, mottos to live by. I'd type out the Boy Scouts marching song here, Be Prepared, but some of the verses are X-rated, and this is a family forum.


And think there is still something I have forgotten.
06-17-2017 06:10 AM
JOAT
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Originally Posted by rrrun View Post
My wife happens to be a geriatric nurse practitioner, and she confirms that most of her patients with decorative canes have received them as gifts from family members. Therefore, your target audience is probably 40+ and going to craft fairs featuring handmade goods.

Good craft fairs for handmade goods: unicorns, they are.
In truth, I don't know if craft shows would be a good place to sell my canes or not. And, anymore don't care - I'm just to damn stiff and all to do much carrying, so figure it would be more than I could reasonably do anymore. A friend does craft shows, or did anyway, he may not anymore as he is selling a LOT of the boxes he makes by word of mouth and repeat customers along with shops coming to him. He did good, makes some nice boxes, but it was something like $80 a day for a space, and a lot of carrying. That thought of flea markets, but again lifting, and need two people.

In my mind, decorative canes, are mostly just that, decoration. After I snapped that cane, I started taking a closer look at them, and just cannot bring myself to trust one for actual use, let alone daily use. They are just made too slender, or of material not strong enough. I figure mine are going to hold up for a long time, and if I do fall on one, I'll be more worried about my ribs than the cane. When I snapped mine, my ribs were just like nothing had happened, no ache, no bruise, nothing. Never more, never more.

Drat, was going to post a link on making stamps, which I will try for putting on the design on a few of my canes. Going to have to get the link, come back and post it. There are a few of my cane designs that are way too complex to do by hand each time, I figure a stamp will take care of that issue, well actually two stamps - one for each side. I could have them custom made, but at around $9+ a pop, that would add up fast. The simpler designs, no issue, I can just sketch those out in just seconds. I figure the more detailed designs would take at least 45-60 minutes to sketch out, and there would be a good likelihood that mistakes would be made. Don't want that. Stamps will at least be consistent. Here is the link. http://makezine.com/2011/07/05/how-t...-carve_stamps/ I've got silicone, but not run across plexiglas yet. If this doesn't cut it, I do have another method to make stamps, a lot more complicated than this tho, and I would prefer not to do it that way if I possibly can avoid it.
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