Well i am about to transition from a walker to a walking stick. Tried to walk without one yesterday and while i managed i paid for my sins last night in bed with my back telling me i was not doing the correct thing. I knew before i tried but donkeys learn the hard way.
So given i am managing to cope without the pain meds for extended periods now, i am prepared to have a go at some woodworking for as long as i can muster the energy.
I am looking at making my own walking stick not to save a $ but really just for something to do to take my mind of this whole knee thingy, its really getting stale at this point. Come to realize managing ones mental health with something like this op is more important than the op itself .
So i am looking to anyone that has any experience at using a walking cane especially those that have reached age where they find it neccessary on a daily basis.
Whats the best handle shape in your opinion. I know this is kind of like how long is a piece of string but i have no experience to lean on. Found a bunch of ideas and images on google and like this idea
I can see a tenon at the top of the cane part, then trace the drawing lay it out on some cherry i have. Drill tenon hole first the handle, then cut out on bandsaw and route the edges with a round over bit.
Just wondering about the need for the protrusion, i figure that is to go between thumb and forefinger when gripping the handle.
Going to use an ordinary big white rubber stopper on the end of the cane. Dont need it to be fancy at this stage.
Any alternative suggestions? My concern is for the strength of that tenon joint versus weight being placed on the handle.
Thanks for any and all inputs comments, ideas etc.
I want to keep it simple so it gets done pronto.