Finished the replacement spindle in time for Christmas

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Blog entry by CueballRosendaul posted 12-31-2013 09:51 PM 1039 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago, I asked about fitting a replacement spindle into an old rocker without disassembling it. Here’s how it went:

I took a picture of the spindle next to the missing one with my tape measure held along side it. This gave me a scale that I could duplicate by printing the picture out so the dimensions matched. I printed two copies, took one and cut it out completely to tape it to the tool rest on the lathe. The other one I took measurements at critical points with my caliper.

After spinning it out, I left the chunks on the ends to whittle them down by hand at the time of installation. I simply made the holes a little deeper, and the one under the arm a little larger, and popped it in carefully. I filled the extra space in the under arm hole with some putty and barely had to add any glue to the lower one because it fit so tightly.

I matched the finish close enough for govt work. Especially considering there are several other spindles that have been replaced over the years. Mine looks more like an original.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 12-31-2013 11:17 PM

Looks fantastic!!! Great job!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 08:36 AM

Well done

-- Vince

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 04:12 PM

You’ve done a very fine fix on that.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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