That depends. Are you duplicating, or are you making duplicates ?
I can turn out a set of matching pieces by hand, but I can't make one
new piece to match someone else's existing one. I can't even turn out
matching pieces over several days.
Dingbat (I'm not calling names, folks. That is the handle on his email!)
For most duplicates, close enough is great. The four legs of a chair or
table for instance. Small discrepancies will not be noticed by the human eye
and if someone is going to take a micrometer to them, tough. Besides, ofter
trying to turn a hundred spindles alike, for instance, your duplicating
skills will improve immensely. On the other hand, considering the surface
most duplicators leave, after 100 spindles your sanding technique should be
second to none :-)
God bless and safe turning
Truro, NS, Canada
I'm posting through Google, as I'm not at home. I've used the same
email address for years, so some of you might recognise it, and the
full name 8-)
Close enough is _better_. If you want a Windsor chair with _identical_
spindles, go to the Swedenborg. If you want just enough variation
between them to give it character, have it hand made. If you want the
spindles to taper properly as they vary in length, go to a good turner
who can vary the shape in proportion throughout, not just duplicate
them and trim the ends.
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