This week though, I wanted to try something that required a little more precision than an impromptu wooden wine glass.
This week's project is a custom cane. And, while this project may look easy (and in some respects it is), it does require near perfect tenons to be cut so that the handle, connectors, and rubber tip will fit properly.
So here we go with 2 of the same basic EWT lathe tools that I used last week, the Mini Easy Rougher and The Mini Easy Finisher. That's it this week. I only used 2 tools to do the whole thing. For wood I decided to use mahogany.
The Mini Rougher has a square carbide head, with a stainless steel shaft.
Notice how the brass coupler on the end of the shaft fits beautifully. I had to use a coupler like this because my small lathe would not handle the full length of the cane unless I made it in 2 pieces that screwed together.
The rubber tip was a piece of cake.
Here are a couple pictures of my completed cane.
So what will I do with it, now that it's finished? This one will be a Christmas gift to a very special friend of mine, who fell and broke his hip last year. Hope he likes it. By the way, in case you were wondering I used several coats of lacquer to do the finish and then I polished it with some steel wool and paste wax.
So how do I rate the Mini Easy Wood Tools for doing projects like this cane?
Without any hesitation, I give it 5 pink hardhats out of 5 again.
These tools are pure perfection.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the EWT tools, they are available through my good friends at Woodcraft. Woodcraft is the same great company that is sending several thousand Christmas gifts to our overseas soldiers again this year. Please give this generous company a call.