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Spindle Turning with 3 Arm Steadyrest (Read 151 times)
 
Don Stephan
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Spindle Turning with 3 Arm Steadyrest
Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:53am
 
Customer asked me to turn a couple 23 in long red oak spindles with 4 pair of beads, coves, etc and varying diameters 1/2 in to 1 in.  Used quartersawn wood with grain direction parallel to long axis, but even so the blanks started to wobble/whip when rough diameter 1 1/8 in diameter. 

Started working the last 8 in at tail stock end with the steady rest  about in the middle of the rounded blank.  Moved steady rest and banjo about 8 in towards headstock  but started getting whip/wobble.  Reversed on 2nd spindle but same result.  Ended up exchanging banjo and steady rest 3 times on each spindle, which was frustrating and lost time.

So I'm thinking there is a most efficient approach to turning a whippy/wobbly spindle.  Anyone have a good article or  video that would save me from experimenting so much?
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Re: Spindle Turning with 3 Arm Steadyrest
Reply #1 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 1:02pm
 
A google search for "Turning a Trembleur" will give you many results.
The techniques involved are designed to deal with the wobble or whip.
I hope this is helpful
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Re: Spindle Turning with 3 Arm Steadyrest
Reply #2 - Oct 12th, 2018 at 1:41pm
 
1 1/2 x 23 long spindle between centers does not sound like it should be whipping. Is there too much pressure from the tail stock? Just asking.
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Re: Spindle Turning with 3 Arm Steadyrest
Reply #3 - Oct 13th, 2018 at 1:01pm
 
There's a guy named Steve Jones on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube who is a production turner out of the UK. When I googled him, the third video on Youtube is turning a stair spindle with a skew and using his hand to steady. FWIW, he uses a round skew (not oval - round). His stuff may prove instructional to you for what you are wanting to do. All it does for me is show me what a hack I am, especially when it comes to spindle turning.
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Re: Spindle Turning with 3 Arm Steadyrest
Reply #4 - Today at 11:05am
 
What Ed and Glenn said.

One other things is do the thinnest part last since it is that part which causes the whip to around to.
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