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    Turning balusters without a lathe

    Has anyone turned balusters without a lathe? Maybe using a jig or a router-lathe setup? My mother in law wants some balusters turned, but is having trouble finding a good turning source in her neck of the woods in SC. Any advice would be appreciated!

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Are you trying to duplicate an existing balustrer or are you just needing something?
    Nothing beats a try but a failure, failure is an opportunity to learn.
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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Duplicating an existing one.

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Best bet is to bring one to a shop with a lathe big enough to make the baluster.



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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Quote Originally Posted by luckyGoose View Post
    Has anyone turned balusters without a lathe? Maybe using a jig or a router-lathe setup? My mother in law wants some balusters turned, but is having trouble finding a good turning source in her neck of the woods in SC. Any advice would be appreciated!
    Take a picture and post it with the request would make a big difference in finding a turner willing to do the job for you. For starters what are the dimensions:

    32" x 3" at biggest feature?

    Here's an example of a leg or baluster the length is 21" and fatest section is a light 2"



    go to the stock pile and get on the lathe



    out come the legs same deal for a custom baluster





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    Here's a picture. I think they're 2' in length, but I will confirm. My mother in law already has the wood (I think its cypress or cedar).
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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    An unconventional way is to set your drill press up as a vertical lathe.

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Quote Originally Posted by danmart77 View Post
    Take a picture and post it with the request would make a big difference in finding a turner willing to do the job for you. For starters what are the dimensions:

    32" x 3" at biggest feature?

    Here's an example of a leg or baluster the length is 21" and fatest section is a light 2"



    go to the stock pile and get on the lathe



    out come the legs same deal for a custom baluster




    This type of stuff seems like a perfect reason to have a forum area called RFQ (Request for Quote) where members can ask others what it would cost for them to help, assist, or do some woodworking project for them.

    Thoughts? Maybe even a form where someone can submit the request....

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    That a good idea, but it may have to wait for the new forum software.



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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Isn't that already covered in the "Where can I find, buy, or sell" forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmy2016 View Post
    This type of stuff seems like a perfect reason to have a forum area called RFQ (Request for Quote) where members can ask others what it would cost for them to help, assist, or do some woodworking project for them.

    Thoughts? Maybe even a form where someone can submit the request....

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    No, I don't think that forum has ever been used that way.

    People think of things and look for tools, wood etc. not services.

    I think this would help people find a local craftsperson and we should probably make it available to non-members.



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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Does your MIL know the source of the existing spindles? They may have come from one of the companies that do furniture legs and other parts. Maybe look online and see if anybody has a line of spindles that would work.

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    No, the house was built about a hundred years ago. She lives in a remote enough location that it's hard to find a decent contractor, let alone a turner. She did manage to find someone, but who knows how that will work out.

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Several of those look like second generation replacements and/or duplicates of the originals. You can see the differences in the size and weathering of the square bases.
    In 30 years of remodeling old houses I never saw any made like those. There is a craftsman look to them and in my opinion they are unique to that structure, and perhaps a few others locally.

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    Re: Turning balusters without a lathe

    Thanks Robert. Do you think templates for duplicating them would exist?

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