I am doing a restoration/clean up, of a pre-civil war spinning wheel (this
is being done gratis). The majority of the wood seems to be chestnut. But
somewhere in its history, the froont leg was broken or lost and someone made
a replacement. The problem is, all the other legs and vertical pieces are
turned and out of chestnut. The replacement leg is octagonal and out of
Does anyone have a piece of chestnut laying in their scrap pile that they
would be willing to turn loose of. The preferred size is 2 1/2 square by
30" long. A 1" thick piece that could be glued to make a blank of the same
size would also work.
Not wanting _much_, are we??? :)
Not a speck of chestnut have I seen since days in VA and those days are
30+ yr in rear mirror by now, sorry...
I've really no leads any more, either...other than the reclamation folks
but they're certainly not going to part w/ it for anything but an arm
and both legs...
Assuming the spinning wheel will be for display purposes only, would
it not be prudent to just stain the pine leg so it coordinates itself
with the other legs?
You might well be looking to restore it to as authentic a state as
possible and if that's your intention, then please discard my
On Sun, 02 Sep 2012 08:00:51 -0500, Dr. Deb wrote:
I have a small piece, but no, I won't part with it.
You may have better luck finding a small piece of
chinese chestnut, the heartwood of the chinese chestnut
is very similar, but will be absent the effects of age.
Pretty well any piece of chestnut will be absent the effects of age
after it has been turned. If you google, there are numerous places
that are selling chestnut lumber for $6 to $10 per board
foot.Kentucky, west Verginia, PA, Illinois, North Carolina, gotta be
some reasonably close that you should be able to buy for a reasonable
Otherwise get a peice of white oak with a tight ray pattern and only
an expert will be able to tell you for sure that it isn't chestnut
after you have it finished.
Another woodturner acquaintance of mine suggested the same thing. That is
probably exactly what I will do. As for the age problem, a stiff wire
brush applied to the soft material between the growth rings will help a lot.
I kept this thread in mind yesterday while pruning my chestnut trees but
there weren't any branches of sufficient size for your needs... The last
time I had a piece large enough to use it was the result of storm damage. I
managed to make most of a small craftsman chest from the wood but needed to
use white oak for part of it. I posted a photo on ABPW.
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