Thursday, March 17, 2011

Custom Turned Spindles

This beautiful footboard is in a sad state.  Several of the spindles have come loose, and one has broken off and needs to be replaced.  You can't just purchase spindles in this beautiful turned style, so we had to make our own.  Our Repair Craftsman just did this turning today, and it looks great.  He took a dowel, the width of the widest part of the spindle, and using our Shopsmith Lathe (and some very careful markings)  he was able to re-create the shape of the original spindle nicely.  Now it is up to our Refinisher to color this new wood, to match the rest of the bed.

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