Walking Cane: Episode 2

Walking Cane 2

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In this episode, Paul shows us how to shape the handle of the cane using stop-cuts, the chisel, the spokeshave and rasps. He also shows us how to shape the shaft so it is round in cross section at the bottom and oval at the top, with a gradual taper. He will show us how to put a twist in the shaft next week.

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  1. RL on 6 November 2013 at 3:42 pm


  2. George Bridgeman on 6 November 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Love the shaping! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the process.


  3. Xavi Molina on 6 November 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Nice, good job!

    Sorry Ken!!

  4. Eddy Flynn on 6 November 2013 at 4:11 pm

    fantastic demo such a range of tools to do the same task something for everyone i cant wait to have a go at this thanks

  5. jonkilleen on 6 November 2013 at 6:46 pm

    What’s happened to Ken? Is he OK?

    • Ken on 6 November 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Hey Jon, all good buddy, I have been busy on my DVD cabinet. Thanks for asking ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Great episode guys, thanks for this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Mark Armstrong on 6 November 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Great job Paul and team. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Me starting to think I might have a go at this one.

    A good set of rasps is what I am short of have to get some.
    Not a problem with spokeshaves could use a file to refine some edges.

  7. STEVE MASSIE on 6 November 2013 at 9:22 pm

    That is coming along nicely, I just purchased some nice NOS rasp’s from a fellow in Chicago in the States who know his stuff.

    I will be staring one or two of these projects in the very near future. Thanks Paul and team for yet another great project.


  8. david o'sullivan on 7 November 2013 at 12:22 am

    now lads and lassies i am even more pleased i purchased a set of Aldi chisels .when you see a master craftsman with a set along side his Auriou rasps one must conclude that they are decent set of chisels and no silly micro bevels on mine either .one thing i would like to know is the grain size i would be looking at the narex.but fine it a bit confusing

    • Ken on 7 November 2013 at 12:57 am

      Must be a lot of silly people out there, Including some well respected woodworking teachers using micro bevels, including me. Why do people think anything different to what they use is silly.

      • david o'sullivan on 12 November 2013 at 12:34 am

        use them myself Ken , i find it easier to get a sharper edge with a micro but it takes longer and i do understand the practicality of Pauls method hence the ยฃ8 Alidi chisels not worried about ruining them

    • RL on 7 November 2013 at 1:47 am

      I use a Auriou 12-inch number 10. I tried various grains before settling on a #10 which I found to be fast-cutting yet left a relatively smooth finish which needs only a quick going over with 240 sandpaper.

      I would like to get a finer riffler at some point in the future as well.

    • qupia on 17 May 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I wish we could get Aldi in America ๐Ÿ˜

  9. hallamjeff on 7 November 2013 at 12:33 am

    I have a couple of the Auriou rasps which I used on a fishing net project. They really are superbly made. An alternative, though equally priced, are those from Liogier.


    • RL on 8 November 2013 at 2:22 am

      Jeff, which rasps do you have? I am eager to add another one to my collection at the finer end of the scale and was wondering whether to get a 13 or 15 grain?


  10. Charles Hart on 7 November 2013 at 8:19 am

    Hi Everyone,

    Paul at 4:18 on the video you mention that you need a macro-bevel and that a micro bevel won’t work well either. Could you explain that. I have micro- bevels on my chisels I just want to know what you mean by a macro-bevel. Thank you for all you do you’ve help make my woodworking alive again.


  11. Charles Hart on 7 November 2013 at 9:07 am

    Ken where do you live in the sates? I am in Seatte so I have the west coast. Which means I have far more saw mills to pick from than most,

  12. elvishefer on 7 November 2013 at 9:21 pm

    So today I was staring at a couple of panels I’d just clamped up, glue totally wet, unsure how I was going to spend the rest of my time in the shop.

    So, I started a cane with some oak scraps I’ve had for a long time and I’m really enjoying it. I managed to catch up to where Paul leaves off in this video in a surprisingly short amount of time.

    Great, quick, rewarding project!

  13. humanic on 7 November 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Great episode. Awaiting the final one to get the shaft shape.

    Shaping wood by hand is a pleasing and therapeutic task to do. I used regular rasps, files and spokeshaves following the Paul’s indications. I hope it will be a great gift for a relative.

    Thanks for this one


  14. clarkey104 on 8 November 2013 at 10:09 am

    Hi Paul

    Just had a little look at a photo of your famous rocking chair on Pinterest. I have always admired it and am looking forward to making it one day bif you put it on the masterclasses. What struck me was the similarity of many of those joints in the chair to the walking cane joints in the current series. Is this just coincidence?? ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Resi Tomat on 11 November 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Hi John
      we just agreed on running a Rocking chair course in the autumn at Penrhyn Castle, North Wales, if this helps?

      • wdelliott on 28 July 2014 at 12:11 pm

        I have a set of files (coarse, medium and fine) to supplement rasp work, which I have found useful after rasping. Files are not as expensive as rasps.

        Does this correspond with your experience?

        Instructive project, Paul. Even though I looked at it months ago, I have come back to the cane project and am excited over the techniques used here. So much to learn.

        • Eddy Flynn on 28 July 2014 at 12:44 pm

          hi William i hope you dont mind me jumping in here ,i also use a set of files after rasping as i only have a set of coarse Narex rasps and without the finer files the work would be a lot more difficult and it would create so much sanding it wouldn’t be a pleasure to do just my opinion i hope it helps

  15. Michael Barnes on 28 October 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I was wondering whilst watching this….could you not use one of the long clamps to dog the shaft in the vice with a piece of wood below it to stop it bowing under pressure? The first time I ever saw a technique for planing something round was when I looked into making a snooker cue and saw John Parris planing the shaft of a cue…until then I had no idea they made them that way.

    • Philip Adams on 30 October 2014 at 11:53 am

      Hi Michael,
      That would work well, yes. We regularly use that technique for shaping. Hope it goes well.
      All the best,

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