Stair spindles.

Forum: Woodturning

I got some skid wood and I know it is not the best. I am looking at planning them down smooth and then copy the design on the spindles and paint them. Is it cheaper and less hassel to just go and buy the spindles. If I can make them with free wood and they are being painted then I see nothing wrong. What are your thoughts.

Steve.

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Jeff Vandenberg ...

Hey if it works go for it. Saving money is the key

SteveR ...

Thanks this is what I was thinking as well.

Thorreain ...

If the wood you are going to use is destined for the campfire if you don’t use it, then their is an environmental cost to making anything. By reusing wood it costs your time to make an item, but saves trees.

SteveR ...

I am going to use skid wood as it is free and it is going to be painted and I can turn them on my wood lathe.

Thorreain ...

I realy want to see the end spindles. It’s a great use of reclaimed wood.

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

I stop at yard sales looking for anything that is real wood . 90% of the time it’s pressed wood , but I get lucky once in a while

Kelly ...

Unless you can buy wholesale, I doubt you’re going to beat free labor. Even wholesale, it’s doubtful.

As long as the wood has the right moisture content (e.g., equal to what you’d have used had you bought them) and the end product looks good, it’s damn the torpedo’s and. . . .