I'm about to start a new project that requires a number of spindles. These
spindles should be 7/8" diameter at the largest points when completed. Now
I'm not much of a turner so haven't had enough experience to know just what
sort of size I should be cutting my blanks. I'm guessing they should
probably be around 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" but not sure. Any inputs? For that
matter, what do you all recommend in general for cutting lumber to rough
size? I've typically added 1/2" or so to the width of pieces and an inch or
so to the length but just curious what others do.
Size depends on how you're holding them. If you're using a chuck to grip
and drive and a cone center at the tail to center automatically, inch square
is certainly enough. If you have to mark, punch and drive your centers, you
can add an extra eighth for off-wedging.
If the pieces are of any length, make a steady or two to control center whip
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