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Thread: Bandsaw Walking Stick

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Bandsaw Walking Stick

    Hi everyone
    LOML wanted me to make her a new walking stick. Had to be a minimum of 44” long but my lathe can only take stock 40” plus she wanted it made from a couple of different woods and it had to taper from 1 1/4”- 1”.
    Using what I had learned from making my pen blank jig I went ahead and made a new jig for making round blanks using my bandsaw. The jig had to be capable of holding the blank securely on the centers but at the same time allowing the blank to be rotated as it was passed through the saw. It also had to be attached to the fence of the saw to provide accurate cuts each time it was sent through and retracted, plus it had to be adjustable for different lengths and diameters of stock. Here is what I came up with.
    The stationary part of the jig attaches to the fence and has a groove routed that accepts the movable part that the blank attaches to and is able to slide back and forth along the entire length. The blank is attached to the supports using screws that are centered in the blank and are spaced using rubber washers to hold it from rotating while the cut is made. The taper is made by moving the far end of the blank support and securing with screws .
    Once the blank is loaded onto the jig it is just a matter of slicing off a section then retracting, rotate ,slice and retract and so on until the blank is perfectly round.

    The blank is made from 2 pieces of bloodwood and 2 pieces of fishtail oak glued together to make a blank 1 1/2 sq x 44” long.

    Rounded blank after multiple passes through saw.

    The next step of the process was figuring out how to sand the roughed out blank to remove the saw marks. I normally would use the lathe for this step but because of the length of the blank it won’t fit so the next best thing is to make a sanding jig.
    I began by making a mounting bracket to hold my electric drill which holds a 5/16” hex head driver.
    A 5/16” hex head screw is then screwed into the end of the blank and acts as the center drive.

    For the other end I used an old 1/4” router bit with a 3/8” bearing drilled into the end of the blank with the shaft end drilled into the support and secured to the bench.

    After the set up is complete it’s just a matter of sanding through the grits until the shaft is smooth.

    I went ahead and turned the knob for the top out of fishtail oak and bloodwood and attached it by turning a 3/8” tenon as part of the knob and drilling a 3/8” hole in the shaft.

    So here is the finished Bandsaw walking stick. I still have to get a ferrule for the bottom and add a leather strap but this was a fun little project .LOML was very pleased. Think I’ll make a few more.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV

    That is exceedlingly clever jig...

    The finished product looks fantastic as well.

    I've only got a mini lathe and I've been wanting to make a walking stick like that for quite a while. It never even entered my mind that I could use the bandsaw like that to make the cuts.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Very cool indeed! Thanks for sharing.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Very engenius and with great results.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Man I like that Stick Great job Mike and thats using the ole hat rack
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  6. #6
    Clever and the stick is very nice!
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I've seen a lot of shop tricks, but never anything quite like your bandsaw jig. The old router bit and bearing for the "tailstock" end is also a great idea. And the final results are proof the ideas work, and work well. Great job, Mike.
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    Mar 2008
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Southeast Pa
    Very Nice..Jig and Result!


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Hi Mike!

    I love the walking stick, very nice, but I think I like your attention to detail, and your thinking outside the box even more!

    Your ability to figure it out and document it with pictures is great, I enjoy reading this kind of post and I always learn something too, what could be better

    Thanks very much for taking the time to show us.

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