Multi-Function Walking Stick II - Storage Compartment

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Add Decorative and Functional Copper Ends to a Hiking Staff.
This is Part 2 in the Multi-Function Walking Stick Instructables series.

The original Multi-Function Walking Stick Instructable describes how to make a Hiking Staff that converts into a Camp Stool.
Part 1 can be found here:

Part 2 Starts Here:
You've seen the three piece walking stick convert into a slick seat with the help of threaded copper plumbing fittings in Part 1.  Now however, When swinging it on the trail in hiking mode, this staff needs something to distinguish it from looking like an old broom stick from the garage.

This Instructable describes how to add copper finial ends - 
that in additon to adding decorative elements to the staff - also add the following features:
 - A cleat-like point at the bottom  
 - A concealed storage compartment at the top

...Stay tuned for Part 3 in this instructable series:
Staff-Top provisions for an Illuminating Torch

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Step 1: Copper Ends

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Copper is my metal of preference.  Unfinished it won't rust (tarnish yes, rust no).  When lightly polished to a mid-level shine, copper has a certain refined brillance that you don't get from cold chrome and that you can't afford to get from gold. 
(Don't remove all its tarnish though; highly polished its hue is too "pink.)

Especially in an outdoor rustic enviornment, copper's orange-brown glow just seems right

Not only does copper have sophisticated ornamental qualities, it has a nice balance between workability and durability and it's readily available.      
Copper raw goods, are easily  mined at  your local "Har-Whar" store (disguised as common household plumbing) ...Sorry Keweenaw

The previous copper rant was made possible through a grant  by....The Semi-Precious Metals Speculative Investment Group of America and ....the generous donations of  your local Pipefitters Union...and readers like you.
....Not really...Sorry, a PBS moment snuck in...

The threaded fitting shown in the middle below was introduced in the first Instructable.  The next few steps here detail the cleat-like point on the working end (right) and the finial topper with storage (left).
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Pretty cool idea. I did one similar but it doesn't turn into a stool or anything.
Tizaro2 years ago
i obtained brass fittings for the first part of this staff, i'm just curious as what your opinion is of Brass in comparison to Copper
davidio10002 years ago
For the reinforced tip you could just jam a used shotgun shell on the end. Great instructable.
cjohnson322 years ago
What's next I'd like to know
Pfarmkid2 years ago
Where do I buy a copper stub-out?
Pfarmkid2 years ago
Where do I buy a copper stub-out?
Bonnonon2 years ago
Thank you so much for such a wonderful idea. I ended up using a homemade patina to oxidize the copper. I also changed the front tip to a 1/2 to 3/4, 3/4 to 1/2 with cap for the bottom point. I also used copper pipe from when I fixed a tap at my house. That way I could have a piece of home with me no matter where I hiked. :)

I also cut copper nails as decor on the outside.

This is one of the heavier hiking sticks I have ever used and is only good for smaller day trips
coppercarla2 years ago
I'm a scout leader, and I need a new hiking staff... I'm partial to copper (note my name)... and you referenced the Keweenaw (spent my college years hiking around many of the areas and towns in the article you referenced)

:-) You just scored a hat-trick in my book! I *have* to make this multi-purpose staff.
abstracted3 years ago
very very cool. me n the girlfriend hike frequently n usually end up grabbing "deadfall" for staffs. ever consider using brass? easy to work with, and lots of threaded stuff (possible more secure and water tight storage) check out my brass gears, hand filed in a few hours on quarter inch thick stock. luv the scalloped details in yours too. and you like copper with brass.....oh the gears are turning now. THANKS!!
The Rambler3 years ago
Haha, love the quarters in the storage compartment. You know, just in case you hike through a toll or find an arcade in the middle of the woods. Seriously though, both of these instructables have been awesome. I'm about to go check out the third one.
Knyte73 years ago
Wonderful Instructable. Clear descriptions and excellent pictures for a great project. Allows me to take my amateur stick making to the next level. Thanks for sharing your time and expertise.
Very pretty!  Questions: How do you add a few stylish details? Did I miss the information about the grip on the bottom of the walking stick? I would love to make this, but I have never welded befor.  Guess it's time to learn lol ;0)
hpstoutharrow (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
 I didn't go into any real detail on "stylish details".  It was just meant to mean the pattern of shapes cut into the copper fittings (the crown peaks, the scallops, or the flame pattern).  Obviously there is a lot of flexibility for others to express their creative flare with their own designs.  These were all made with hand files (half round, flat, and rat tail).  Copper is relatively soft and takes a file nicely without a lot of effort.

The "grip" on the bottom was the added point.  A pointy pole will stick in the ground better than a blunt one.

Regarding welding...with copper its soldering (in plumbing terms its call "sweating a joint".  Big difference in termeratures, skill level, equipment cost and safety risk.  I encourage you to try it.  Clean the copper, brush on the flux paste, heat with propane torch (minimal equip. investment <$20), touch the solder to the hot copper and let capillary action do the rest (melted solder is "pulled" between the mating metal).  
I think PorcupineMamma wants to know about "WELDING" with J B Weld as in heat and torch ......savvy ? She does'nt know its epoxy glue methinks..
There's a trick to soldering copper that a pipefitter friend showed me. First, use as little heat as necessary to get your solder to flow. Second and more important, apply the heat to the backside of what you're soldering while applying the solder to the frontside. As you've said, the solder will be drawn in by capillary action. As soon as you see a nice concave fillet (that's the opposite of a convex bead) of solder between the pipe and fitting, you're done. Don't keep adding solder until it runs out, thinking 'that can't be enough.' It is. This helps to prevent "gobbing" or "bubblegumming" of the solder. As soon as the joint is soldered, quickly and carefully wipe off any excess solder with a moist rag. Makes for a nice clean joint without piles of extra solder.
ohmerfam4 years ago
So, is the storage compartment made out of regular 1" pipe, or a stub-out?
r_gene4 years ago
Very nice work. I made a take-down hiking staff 30 years ago using a martial arts bow, two copper end caps, and a short length of copper pipe secured with brass screws to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail. It had to be 'take down' for traveling on buses or trains.
Being raised a "Yooper", copper flows in my blood.
That's some very nice file work. Time consuming though. A jewelers fret saw would help some, and a good collection of drill bits.
Instead of lead free solder from the hardware store, a stained glass supplier has copper colored solder. I know from experience most any plumbing solder looks dull and gray after it oxidizes. Silver solder is slower to oxidize, but more care must be taken.
All in all I would say an excellent piece of work and is a 'do-able' instructable for anyone who has a few low cost tools and an eye for creativity.
Dulaman4 years ago
You design is genious! How tall is the finished walking stick? I'm 5'4"-ish and was wondering if it would be to unwieldy?
hpstoutharrow (author)  Dulaman4 years ago
(3) 2 foot sections. Put together it is 6 feet in length
-please join Yahoo groups "Stick Carving World Wide" Go to Yahoo groups join and send in a bio. Very Very cool, I found you by accident and I am very happy I did. I was looking at the water hammer arrestors the other day and thinking, now what can I do with that gizmo.....hmmmm. thanks sparkie
Foaly74 years ago
Is there enough room for the rest of the parts for Chair Mode?
ThisIsIt4 years ago
I can't seem to find that style of stubout anywhere. Heck, I can't find the 1" to 3/4" threaded adapter couplings either.. Come Monday I'll see if the only plumbing supply store around has what I need, but so far Home Depot, Do It Best, and ACE have all let me down, and that's all I have around here...
hpstoutharrow (author)  ThisIsIt4 years ago
Check out the December 10th comment on the third Instructables in this series. It has some more info regarding the stub out (AKA air chamber.) Hope it helps. Link:
I found all the plumbing pieces, sans the 5/8 seat to 3/8 compression fitting for the torch, on Great prices too. My local home improvement and hardware store are pretty much worthless.
Would you be able to put this on the end of the seat walking stick or no...
 How did you make the design pattern? With a mill? Or did you just buy it like that somewhere? Either way very nice. I like both the chair one and this one. 
hpstoutharrow (author)  Zergling_pack5 years ago
with just my 3 hand files.
 Yeah i thought that one at first but then i thought no way that seems like it would take forever. But really nice job.
Actually, the metal is soft enough that a few good files will cut through it in no time.  If you are too impataint you can use a small saw or tin snips to remove some of the larger parts.  Wouldn't recommend it however.
 Yeah i wouldn't think tin snips would be good either. But i have got to make this walking stick, but i think mine will be wax wood. 
Where did you find wax wood?

It's really good quality, made my dad a cane with some last year.
Cool, thanks. I've heard good things about wax it really that good? I heard it was nearly impossible to snap, yet still pretty stiff.

Wax Wood, White Wax Wood is a product of China, and is also known as Ligustrum lucidum.  The real stuff is also known as the Chinese privet (or Broadleaf Privet.)  This wood is TOUGH, and very hard to break, which is why it is found in many martial arms products like the Bo Staff (the Chinese quarterstaff) and spear shafts.  Many martial arts store can sell you such a staff and it will make an extremely strong and long lasting staff.  While tough and flexible, with a hard wood toughness in working it, it is susceptible to wood worm.  Easily enough treated, with standard wood treatments for the wee beasties to keep them away from your prize staff.  A common Bo staff is more then tall enough to cut into three sections and make the chair staff, as well as having more then enough strength to last a couple of generations!  A good idea might be to make the three section staff, but assembly only the first and last to make a two section staff for the kids.  As they grow into the staff, you can add the third section when needed.  In this way, they have the gift of your staff for all their lives, a great gift indeed.

nice where did you copy and paste that from? (no seriously im curious)
I've used wax wood for several projects in the past, like marlinespikes and an U-arm unit for a foot powered scroll saw.  You can shop any martial arts store and find out a lot of stuff on the wood, or do as I have on occasion, check with your forestry agents who have an unbeleivable amount of information on any wood, even some of the exotics, due to their manufacturing dangers like toxicity and availability from US approved suppliers.  They will also load you down with the Latin names, growing regions, annual harvest levels, growing requirements and the like.  One thing to say for it all, the dearth of information available is incredible.

Just heard from a buddy that he is finishing his staff with a tung oil/beeswax 'rub' (2 to 1 ratio), that you heat in a double boiler and rub into the wood while a bit hot.
You can supposedly make it work better if the wood is warm, or your doing this out on the sunlight.  It is supposed to really penetrate, and finshes with a gloss when it cools.  Will try this on a name plaque to go outside and see how it handles the summer.
 Yeah it's very amazing, It can flex a really good amount to the point you think it would break. And it's pretty stiff. I think it would make a good hiking stick.
is the storage big enough to hold the chair top?
kleinjahr5 years ago
Very nice,liked the details. Didn't think to do it when I made a dang. Ah me, yet another project.
 For those concerned about copper tarnish, a coat of clear poly does well. To enhance the grip, do a whipping (mason line does well). For further decoration perhaps a turkshead or two. You can also engrave a pattern on the copper, heat it up and apply solder, then fine emery to polish. The solder stays in the engraving, looks like silver inlay.
 By the by, save your copper filings. Mixed with glue you can apply it to wood engravings and it becomes a copper inlay. Hmmm, maybe a vine motif down the staff?
 i love copper, silver metals are too lifeless and non-natural, copper has been used by man for thousands of years and it has a personality that can be likened to that of Gandalf, old, wise, and a bit mysterious, but still there when you really need it (it's also easy to work with)
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