Jefferson Swivel and Secretary

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spindle Work

Here you see the process of making the spindles for the back of the chairs. After buying a log from a local Logger I get the log back to the shop and chainsaw it to rough length, then split it in half and then into quarters. I'll map it out into about 1" x 1" squares and use a wedge to begin splitting up the quartered section. I use a hatchet to score across the lines I've drawn just to help aid the split better. After I get the whole quarter section split up I take it into the shop and start the rough shaping with a draw knife before it goes into the kiln to dry for 3 or 4 days. After the rough blank is dry I use a spokeshave to finish it to it's final dimensions.

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