Sometimes things are meant to be, and you just have to proceed on your own. And today, I just have to keep on walking step by step with this walking stick project. I had been contemplating how I was going to make the octagon round, and I was going to purchase a spokeshave, but fate blocked the road.
I called Lie-Neilsen to purchase spokeshave, but they were back ordered! Drat! I could order the Lee-Valley model, but I want to buy American, so I will buy one later and continue on.
My Stanley block plane did the trick just fine. It knocked down those little octagon ridges in no time flat and then a little 100 grit sandpaper finished the job. The shaft of the cane is nice and round. My jack plane and my block plane did a great job and that put a smile on my face.
Before I make the tenon to receive the handle of the cane, I made the hole for it first. Now you must be thinking that this poor sick woodworker must be somewhat addled if he is making holes into nothing. I might be sick, and somewhat addled at times, but I did have the laminated handle blank ready. I used a 3/4″ forsner bit and drilled a hole all the way through it.
Next, I will make the tenon, because it is much easier to adjust the size of the tenon than the size of the mortise (aka “the hole”). And once the tenon is cut, I will cut a kerf in it to receive a wedge of ebony to help lock it into the shaft. And I was going to do all that today, but frankly, I don’t have the strength or the energy. This virus is really taking it out of me, and tonight is Purim.
Purim is my favorite of the Jewish holidays. I like seeing the children dress up in costumes, and I like going to my friend’s houses to deliver shalach manot (gifts of food and wine). And better yet, I like receiving these gifts too. Yummy! If you are not too familiar with the Bible, the Purim story is the book of Ester. It’s a great story if you have not read it, and we are commanded to celebrate this date every year. So a freilichen Purim to all my Jewish subscribers!