Balusters.....(now I KNOW I'm not a production turner)

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Project by PASs posted 02-05-2013 02:57 AM 1368 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A former boss asked me to fix/replace a baluster/bannister/spindle from his house.
I guess it was a year ago, maybe longer.
I finally got around to making him a couple.
The first one was a practice piece. It had a knot hole that was half the thickness of the spindle.
I turned it with the piece missing, but the practice piece turned out well enough I filled the gap with wood shavings from the turning and sawdust from by belt sander with superglue to fix it (lots of superglue). The 6th picture shows the filled in hole before painting.
I must admit, I’m becoming a fan of superglue.
The original baluster was broken in half where the second bead at the top joined the long taper.
I drilled holes in both pieces, then epoxied a dowel to hold it together. I didn’t watch my alignment while the epoxy set, so the piece is off by about 3 degrees. The original is the one on the far right in the 4th picture.

Pine, sanded to 220, one coat of 2# shellac rubbed off with an old t-shirt while still wet, then a few coats of Kilz white primer.

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-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 04:24 AM

It’s harder than many think to make multiples that are “the same”. Luckily, close isn’t just in horseshoes. Looks like you did well without a copier lathe !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 06:43 AM

Not a bad result at all. The first few are the hardest. Once you get a system in place, it gets a lot easier.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 02:37 PM

Nice work Pete,
Looks Great! to me.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 03:30 PM

Nice werk on the balusters.

I don’t like production werk either. Very few things have I made 2 or more of.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 07:29 PM

Looks like you’ve done some very fine duplicates there

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

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