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My cane is tapered with a small rubber tip. It does not provide good traction on some surfaces. I would like to put a full rubber ferrule, but am concerned about the taper. I think that the difference in the diameter between the top of the ferrule and the tip would cause the cane to "wiggle" and possibly affect balance. Is this the case or would it be snug enough?. If not, I'd appreciate some tips on how I can fix this. The length of the cane now is perfect for me.
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I also made a cane with a tapered end and small rubber tip and I didn't care for the loose fit it gave and the lack of traction. So I remade the cane with the original handle and a non tapered end so I could add the standard rubber tip to it.
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Thanks for the reply. Your cane is great looking. Unfortunately, I lack your skills to remake the cane. I had hoped that there might be some way I could "fill" out the rubber cup, with maybe plastic wood or sealer. I don't know what would work.
 

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The current rubber tip is 1.4 cm-14 mm
The cane diameter at approximately where the top of the ferrule could be is 1.9 cm-19mm ( Assuming the ferrule is 4.5 cm high which many seem to be). I do not yet have the ferrule.

I appreciate any input.
 

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The current rubber tip is 1.4 cm-14 mm
The cane diameter at approximately where the top of the ferrule could be is 1.9 cm-19mm ( Assuming the ferrule is 4.5 cm high which many seem to be). I do not yet have the ferrule.

I appreciate any input.
This would be my answer to tapered tip. I would use a piece of 19mm Id brass or copper tubing the length of the ferrel. Tap it down to the wood at the top of ferrel and pinning it in place Then fill the area around the ferrel with epoxy. This would let me use a
19mm / 3/4” replaceable Cain tip Over it.
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I'm in agreement with John Smith on this - the simplest solution might be one of those slip-on rubber feet that are sold in sets of four in hardware stores. There is usually a selection of inside diameters to choose from. If I understand correctly, the diameter at the top of the existing metal ferrule is 19mm, so that size or perhaps slightly smaller might be right.

In the conventional application, those rubber feet slip on and are held in place by friction. The ones I'm familiar with have parallel sides on the inside (John's sketch shows tapered sides), but there are ridges inside that help hold them in place. The fact that you would be slipping a foot over a tapered shaft suggests that you might want to add some adhesive to fill the void that would be left inside. Epoxy would work well, but a polyurethane construction adhesive is another possibility.

If you are concerned about the possibility that the attachment might not be secure and the foot could get lost, you could also insert a wood screw through the rubber and into the shaft - a single screw with a washer to secure it against the side of the rubber foot would prevent the foot from falling off and would not detract from the appearance.

There is a slightly more complicated approach that you might consider if you have the skills (or have a friend with the skills). You mentioned that the length of the cane is correct for you, so I presume that you would not want to shorten the cane by cutting off the metal ferule. However,it would not be difficult to cut off the ferule, and then add a small length of wood dowel to restore the cane to the correct length. I would drill an axial hole through the dowel and into the shaft of the cane, and then glue a wooden dowel through the extension and into the shaft for strength. The result would be a uniform diameter at the bottom of the shaft that would more readily accept a rubber foot.
 

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Thank you all for your input (with a special tip of my hat to Mr. Smith). For the benefit of others who might have a similar situation here's how I fixed it. I used a 19mm new rubber cane ferrule. When I tried it on the old cane tip, there was considerable "wobble", not stable. To fix, I first unscrewed the existing 14mm rubber tip. I was concerned it would not stay stable in the epoxy. That left a tapered metal ferrule which held the rubber tip. I filled that with the 2 part epoxy to level it out. I filled the new rubber tip with water and inserted the cane to determine how much epoxy to use to fill, but not overflow. I put the epoxy mix around the cane tip and in the new ferrule, and cleaned up some small overflow with vinegar.. It is now very strong and stable. There is much better traction with the new rubber ferrule.
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