How to Make a DIY Walking Cane Using Upcycled Walnut
I built a walking cane for my grandfather from some scrap walnut. I love using hand tools so I stuck to that for the whole project. I took what pictures I could below, so you could follow along and try to make one for yourself.
Use a hard wood
You obviously don't want this thing to break, bend, or crack. This could mean injury to whoever is using it. So make sure you use a hard wood to make the cane. You also want to make sure that if you're upcycling wood, like me, that the wood is sound and uncracked.
Wood is rated on the "Janka Hardness Scale" from "hard" to "hardest," with mostly pines and firs being the weakest wood available. (See image below.)
Besides walnut, other woods that are strong to use include:
- Hickory (a classic for canes)
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