Picture of Walking cane made from yardsticks

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

Picture of Materials and tools required
The material required for this project is very simple:

- 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.
3366carlos8 months ago


Spadinator2 years ago
Very well done!
MrLWJ2 years ago
Nice, well done.
knife141 (author)  MrLWJ2 years ago
Thank you for the comment!
Rich993 years ago

what a great idea, and you presented your ible so well. nice photos and commentary.

i've made a few canes over the years (i use a cane for a missing left foot), but i used hardwood -- walnut -- cuz i weigh and eighth of a ton, plus it finishes so beautifully. three of mine are 'out of the ordinary': a saw handle, a m1911a .45 caliber automatic and a s&w long barrel .357 magnum. i just trace them onto a plank of wood, then round the corners with a router and spokeshave. the 'handles' need a lot of rasping, sanding and carving. everybody
asks me where i got them!

-- rich in maine

p.s. use the 60 minute epoxy. it's much stronger.
knife141 (author)  Rich993 years ago
Thanks for the nice comment. I've also made a dozen or so other canes. On most of them I used oak for the shaft and exotic woods (olive, desert ironwood, paduk, etc.) for the handles. I made a few of them where they screw apart in the middle so they fit in a carry-on bag for traveling. Also made a couple using antique doorknobs for handles, but don't particularly like using them. I made the yardstick canes (about 40 of them in total) and gave all of them away as gifts. Every now I then I just get in the mood to make a new cane. Thanks again for the comment, and I agree with using the slow curing epoxy. Not only is it stronger, but I'm getting sort of slow myself!
Rich99 knife1413 years ago
if you're making canes that screw together, you're doing a lot better than me. once, i cut 3 inches off my favorite cane, knowing that it was too long. now, of course, it was too short. i drilled the stub and used dowel centers, but somehow i was way off. and i've used dowel centers quite a few (100s) times. oh well.
knife141 (author)  Rich993 years ago
The way I center drill a cane is to first make a little jig from a 4-5 inch piece of tubing that slips snugly over the cane shaft. If its a little too loose, I shim it by wrapping tape around the cane's shaft. Then I epoxy a hardwood dowel inside half the length of the tube. After the glue has cured, i center drill the dowel glued inside the jig using a metal lathe. Then, to drill the holes in the cane shaft I place the jig on the cane (shimming it with tape, if necessary) and using the hole I've drilled in the jig, I center drill the cane shaft. It seems to work pretty well. Hope my description makes sense.
dchall84 years ago
Pretty clever. I've become a fan of Gorilla Glue for wood projects, but I'm sure you're works fine.