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Forum topic by bold1 posted 08-20-2018 11:18 PM 378 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2018 11:18 PM

Are spindles with holes thru the center called something other than spindles? Looking on-line for center drilled 3.5” to 4” spindles, and all that small that I found have tapered solid ends. I need 4 to extend the height of a cup holder in a van console. The original are flat ended red oak and center drilled to hide the 4 screws that hold the 2 shelfs together.


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#1 posted 08-20-2018 11:40 PM

Keh? picture maybe? ...are you refering to a holesaw?

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#2 posted 08-21-2018 12:16 AM

Can’t find the cord I need to connect my camera to the computer, right now. I’ll keep looking, but till then. The cup holder consists of 2 shelves. The bottom 1 solid and the top 1 has cut outs for cups to sit down in and the bottom of the cups rest on the top of the bottom shelf. The 2 shelves are spaced by 4 spindles that have flat tops and bottoms, and are drilled thru from top to bottom. The 2 shelves are held together by 4 screws that come up thru the bottom shelf, then thru the “spindles” and into the bottom of the top shelf. The “spindle acts only as a spacer. the owner wants longer spindles installed to space the shelves farther apart for taller cups. Simple job. But when I run a search for small spindles all I can find are solid that taper at the top and bottom to slip into holes. Are the flat top hollow ones called something other than spindles? Spacers? I only ever heard them called spindles.

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#3 posted 08-21-2018 02:59 AM

Just drill out some dowels.

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#4 posted 08-21-2018 11:00 AM

If your trying to drill the hole for the cup to set in you need a hole saw. There are other way to accomplish it but the hole saw is the easiest and cheapest way to go. The bottom shelf if you want it to be recessed you could sand or use a router, depends on skills and equipment owned.

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#5 posted 08-21-2018 12:15 PM

The owner wants something like the original, which are turned. I have the shelves. The only thing I need is longer spindles. I tried looking for wood spindles, beads, fancy dowel, spacers, hollow dowel, etc. I can’t seem to find any turned, with flat tops, like a dowel, to buy. And I’m not able to turn any myself. I figured they must have a special name I’m not using in my searches or I’d have turned something up.

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#6 posted 08-21-2018 12:30 PM

Bunn Foot cabinet legs/feet ?

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#7 posted 08-21-2018 12:31 PM

Finally found my camera cord.

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#8 posted 08-21-2018 01:01 PM

Thanks John. That is the style. Now if I can find ones thin enough. Since you mentioned feet, I do think this size would work on a small chest.

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#9 posted 08-21-2018 01:09 PM

look in the Wood Applique and Accessories area in the Box Stores.
I have seen small cabinet feet there.
just depends on the size you need – if not – mailorder is the next option.
or – have them custom made by a turner that has a lathe duplicator.
depending on your profit margin, you can buy larger ones and cut out the section you need.
wooden chair spindles come to mind for the narrow style of turned objects that could be donors.
you will have to drill your own holes – a drill press is pretty much a “must” for that job.

Wooden Chair Spindles

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#10 posted 08-21-2018 01:23 PM

Funny how when you work with something for a while, and are taught a certain term, how it surprises you when its not the right term. I was always told these were a type of spindle. So I couldn’t figure out why my searches weren’t coming up with anything similar. I remember running into the same type of problem with a hickey for a lamp. I didn’t know it was the part name.

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