Roughshaping the spindles

Secure a spindle blank in your shaving horse and use a drawknife to shape the stock into a tapered cylinder. For best results, the growth rings on the end grain of the blank should be roughly vertical. Start by squaring and sizing the blank. Holding the drawknife on the blank bevel side down, pull the tool toward you, always following the grain (above). Key dimensions and diameters for the seven long spindles and four short spindles you need for a chair are provided in the illustration at left. Turn the blank end-for-end and reposition it in the shaving horse frequently so you can shape it uniformly. Periodically check the piece's key diameters with calipers or a shop-made gauge like the one shown on page 77. (If you prefer, you can turn the spindles on a lathe, as shown on page 89.)

Spindle blank

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