Bunch of us geezers (and at still <70 by a few years) meet most mornings
at local donut shop (aka "The Intellectual Center" :) ) for general bs
and coffee...winters are inactive enough on farm I can make it fairly
regularly so have been...anyway, yestiddy one of the regulars brought in
an old (he estimates >100 yr since is from old, inherited family set of
his parents and he's well the far side of 80) side chair w/ turned
spindles for back support.
These were turned one piece legs it appears w/ an offset lathe the upper
spindles of the rear legs were turned then the rest of the leg shaped.
It appears to be poplar or some other relatively soft, nondescript wood
w/ almost no grain finished w/ a near solid stain and varnish.
Anyways, the back has been broken at the small diameter of the spindles
which is barely 3/4" OD; quite small for the stress to start with and
especially w/ the apparent material. One had obviously been cracked for
quite some time and a guest in their house leaned back and that finished
that side and the other too boot.
I'm thinking I could effect a repair by drilling lengthwise down the
center of the spindles and inserting a dowel, retaining the outer jagged
pieces to fill into each other and have at least a relatively
non-obtrusive joint after refinishing touchup, etc.
OK, now finally the question -- have being trying to come up w/ a way to
make a guide to center and align to drill the necessary holes along the
spindle and even more difficult the bottom stub of the spindle from the
base that is only about an inch long...I think I could find a piece of
tubing that would fit over the spindle and fit it w/ a guide, maybe.
Any other ideas???
Iff'en I had a lathe of course I could saw off the two ends square at an
interface and turn the intervening piece and dowel it in, but I didn't
bring the lathe back and really don't much want to acquire one ...I
never was really into turning doing it only when it was mandatory.