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Beginner question about woodturning glue up

Hi. I'm really new to woodturning and I have only ever turned small items like small bowls etc. Now I want to make plant stand that needs to be about 1.1m high.
I'm finding it hard to source a spindle blank that long. My question is, can I glue 2 shorter spindle blanks together length ways to make an extra long spindle blank before turning?
I could drill a recess into the end of one blank and turn the end of the other blank down to a smaller diameter to make a round mortise and tenon joint before gluing.
Would this be strong enough to turn safely or would I be better to turn the 2 spindles individually and then glue them after turning?

Sorry for the newbie question! Thanks.
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I wouldn't do it, end grain doesn't glue up very strong and as you turn it down it will lose more strength
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End grain joints don't glue well, my bet is if you tried gluing 2 shorter blanks together like you described, they'd turn into shrapnel as soon as you got near the joint with a chisel. You might be able to finger joint 2 pieces together, but personally I'd just find a long enough blank

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You won't be able to glue the wood together end to end for what you are doing. If say you were making a turning blank that was 4 1/2" square you could use six layers of 3/4" wood staggering the joints. It might have the appearance of a butcher block but it should be safe enough to turn.
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OK thanks for the advice. I'll join them after turning then. Any advice on how to best join them after turning to achieve a reasonably strong joint?
Drill both pieces and inset a dowel in the joint before gluing?
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What would work the best is to turn one end of the turning into a dowel. Then drill the other turning to accept the dowel.
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That's great Steve. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated!
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end to end not so good. However. the old post and beam guys had ways to attach two shorter beams into a longer one using a variety of joints, depending on whether the beam was vertical or horizontal, weight bearing or not. They involved some tricky angled tennons and mortises, but certainly doable for a plant stand. I had a book on post and beam construction methods and where and when to use certain joints. Sadly the book was lost in the same fire as my workshop a couple years ago. I remember thinking it would be strange to link to vertical pieces in a weight bearing mode, but it was done.
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