Advanced Restoration Skill Level Tips and Tricks

Replace Missing Spindle – Lathe Work

Last summer I had a chair that I needed to replace 6 missing spindles on my lathe. I didn’t document the project due to time constraints but this summer I had a call from another client, same chair only one missing spindle. And this summer I have documented the lathe work.

I am self taught on the lathe, my brother spent 30 mins giving me a run down on how to do it and everything else I have picked up or done on my own. I have never watched a how to video or even read a single article on how to do lathe work. So that is my disclaimer if you see me doing something wrong I truly do not know what I am doing but hey I nailed it! However I do not mind if you want to send me a message to give me some tips 😉

Past Projects

About 10 years ago I made this for St. Johns Military Academy in Delafield WI. This was my practice piece of wood and it turned out so awesome that I just went with it. I was able to create the octagon shape using a wood file after turning on a lathe.

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This chair spindle is my first ever projects, I don’t remember when I made it. But it was at least 10 years ago now.

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Now that I made you go down memory lane with me here is 2019s spindle replacement. I use a band saw to find my center point. X marks the spot.

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Watch the Video!

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Easy peasy, haha just kidding it looks like it went fast and easy, but it takes some time. I really enjoy doing lathe work, I keep my lathe in my garage so with an open garage door I have a pretty nice view of the woods across my street and some fresh air! Although the only time I consider wearing a turtle neck shirt is when I am on the lathe because I sure do get sawdust EVERYWHERE!

Check out the completed projects

Thanks for reading this weeks blog hope you enjoyed. Who thinks I should try to make a wood bowl? This is something I have always wanted to try but haven’t, my lathe has everything I need to make bowls. Stay tuned maybe that will be in the future.

Happy Reviving,

Tara Lou

If you want to see more parts fabrication see how I molded a chipped spindle.

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Tara Lou

Mama, wife, furniture connoisseur, small business owner, nature-lover, homebody, hunter.

2 thoughts on “Replace Missing Spindle – Lathe Work

  1. My son has a lathe and knows how to make replacement spindles, how do you instal the new spindles? Friend has an antique rocking chair that needs repairs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    1. Lathe work is so fun, how wonderful it is your son had taken on the trade. I take the entire section or chair apart clean all the joints and then glue and clamp. It’s not easy but it’s necessary. Good luck with your project!

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