Make Your Own Walking Sticks by Charles Self

By Charles Self

From rustic jogging sticks to fancy canes, woodworker and writer Charlie Self «cane» help you craft greater than a dozen various staffs in Make your personal strolling Sticks. even if you're looking for anything easy and sensible or trying to make an announcement, you can find every thing you want to be aware of within this enjoyable and easy-to-follow booklet. the 1st half covers what woods to take advantage of, the instruments and youll desire, and the elemental building and completing options essential to whole your undertaking. the second one half is dedicated to fifteen tasks starting from an easy pine department cane for the newbie to a brass-handled and stylishly grew to become two-piece cane for the complicated craftsman. to make sure your good fortune, step by step instructions, worthy sidebars, and full-color images are all supplied. additionally integrated is a priceless advisor to North American woods, 25 unique carving styles from well known artist Lora S. Irish, and a gorgeous and encouraging gallery of canes and strolling sticks from the non-public selection of Albert LeCoff, govt director of the wooden Turning middle in Philadelphi

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To plug a screw hole in a fine surface, don't use doweling - the grain runs the wrong direction. Instead, use a plug of the same type of wood, cutting it with a "plug-cutter bit" (made for electric drills - a drill press works best). To use a lag screw, drill a hole two-thirds its diameter and length, start it with a hammer, and drive it tight with a wrench . Lag-threaded hooks and eyes (used for hanging objects) are installed the same way. You can use a stick, rod , screwdriver, or similar lever to turn them tight.

Hook and eye bolts, like other machine-threaded bolts, can be exchanged for the machine screws inserted in hollow-wall anchors (page 51) . Diameters run from about '/4" to 2 ", lengths from 1 " to 4". Hanger bolts, when screwed or bolted to one surface, leave a threaded stud poking out. They are designed for hanging fixtures from walls. A fixture (such as a cabinet) is placed onto the stud, and a washer and nut are added . You can remove the fixture simply by removing the washers and nuts, saving the wall and fixture from being chewed up through insertion and removal of screws.

When bench-mounting a vise, keep top of jaws flush with bench top. , . o"'''1ft''" .. Clamping miters is easy by using a specia l clamp made for the purpose, o r by making your own clamp. C-clamp is handy and inexpensive. It clamps materials together or to a workbench . Basic jaw widths are available from3"t016". - . BORE HOL6S IN PLYWOOD / Spring clamp is used for clamping light materials. like a large clothespin, two spring-loaded handles keep jaws tight until they are squeezed together. Wooden hand-screw adjusts for both angle and distance, making irregular, flat-sided objects easy to clamp.

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