I was shopping at my local home improvement store, and happen to notice a bunch of yardsticks in the paint department. These yardsticks were made of 1/4" pine, and were less than a dollar each. I also noticed that they were nearly the perfect length for a walking cane.
Step 1: Materials and tools required
- three wooden yardsticks (you want wide, thick ones)
- white glue
- epoxy glue
- 120 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
- 1/8" rubber sheet (optional)
The tools required are minimal. I used a bandsaw, but a hand-held coping saw would do the job. I also used a belt sander, but you can always sand by hand.
Step 2: Make the shaft of the cane
Spread a fairly heavy amount of glue on one of the yardsticks and clamp the two yardsticks together. Then set them aside for the glue to dry.
Once the glue has cured, sand the seam between the sticks to remove all the squished out glue.
Step 3: Cut the parts for the handle.
Step 4: Cut out a section of the glued up handle parts
Test fit the "yardstick shaft" to make sure it fits the slot you just cut out. It is ok for it to be a little bit loose.