I made my Dad a hiking stick from mahogany. He is a very active. I don’t know if he will use it on his walks (we live in flat Florida), but he really enjoyed receiving it and loves the beauty of the wood.
It is 59″ tall with the hand rest 15″ from the top. This 3 inches taller than mine I made out of hickory, but Dad is over 6 foot tall. It fits him good.
I gave it two coats of shellac, followed by three coats of poly.
A friend saw his and announced that he wants one too. I will be making his soon.
PS. It was his Christmas gift, that is why the pretty bow is on it.LOL
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Nice job John the twists are very neat and uniform , you have turned out a lot of very nice projects.
Denise I do not know what the Nicholson rasp is like but a Bahco 1/2 round rasp (£12)will do a good job of roughing out the twists but does leave a very rough finish that will want smoothing out with a smoother rasp or file. My daughter has bought me a Liogier 1/2 round hand stiched rasp for Christmas but it has not arrived as yet, I am hoping that it will remove material fast and leave a good finish.
I am in awe at some of the nice comments. Thank you for the encouragement!
Denise, the twist was done with a 1/2 round rasp(NOT hand stitch), then a 1/2 round file, then a very thin card scraper, and lastly 220 wrapped around a glue bottle. In my opinion, I think you can go wild with even the roughest rasp, then clean up lightly with file, then spend time with thin card scraper the most. That thin scraper works wonders on removing the marks left by the rasp/file (on hardwoods).
As far as the uniformity, I lay a protractor out on my bench at 30º and match the rasp stroke to it. I normally move over one width of the rasp, cut a new stroke, then a third time before turning the stick in the vice.
Hope this helps, just have fun. Make canes and sticks, then post photos.
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