Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bucks County, PA
Choice of Wood for Turning Spindles
As I mentioned in another post, I haven't turned in a long time but want to try my hand at some Hitchcock style spindles for coffee/end table legs.
I am matching existing furniture and the spindles are no more than 2" diameter. They will be painted so the wood will have to be closed or tight grain.
I am leaning toward poplar. Due to my lack of lathe experience, I don't know how well poplar turns. The local sawmill has poplar and oak available in 2" planks that I could rip down but the oak would be unsuitable due to the open grain. I could glue up other species to get the thickness I need. They also have ash.