Windsor Chair #4: Easy Way to Make Chair Spokes

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Blog entry by PeteCollin posted 11-18-2014 02:37 AM 3571 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Turning Back Spindles Part 4 of Windsor Chair series Part 5: Further shaping of seat, sizing tenons, calculating comb curvature »

I tried so many ways to make spokes for the backs of my windsor chairs. I struggled with draw knives, spoke shaves, dowel makers, the lathe, and never got good results. After thinking hard on the problem, I figured out a mechanized way to crank them out easily!

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 02:52 AM

Nifty jig for tapering the spindles, as you say its repeatable, which is important.
Did you try pushing the spindle into the router very – very slowly, while rotating the stock, to produce a finished piece with out having to go back and forth so much? Just curious, something I think I would have tried.
Thanks for showing.

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#2 posted 11-18-2014 03:39 AM

the way you suggest is the first way I tried it. Somehow it was just easier to turn it in small increments and push it through many times. One could make a fancier version of the jig to incorporate a crank handle in one end. I made a round piece of wood that fit over the bolt to use as a handle to turn the blank. I dropped the jig on the floor and the handle broke, so I had to turn the blank with my fingers like you see.

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 07:58 AM

Instead of two loose points at each end of the spindle. make the end closest to you a drive end with a 1/4” hex bolt threaded into the spindle end and use a cordless drill with a hex driver to spin the spindle, one pass on the long taper and one pass on the short taper and your done minus some sanding of course.


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#4 posted 11-18-2014 10:16 AM

Excellent idea Ricoco. I’ll have to try that.

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