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 😉
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.
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.
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.
Watch the Video!
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.
If you want to see more parts fabrication see how I molded a chipped spindle.