Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Creating Delicate Spindles

I thoroughly regret that when my kids were little and my budget was tight that I still didn't buy a very special tool. It was a turning duplicator and lathe made by (I think) Anker Rasmussen. He was able to make some very delicate spindles using his duplicating jig.

In lieu of that, I found a way, when building my wife's dollhouse, to create some very delicate spindles for the front porch. I used florist wire and threaded tiny wooden beads onto the wire. Then I added glue to hold each bead exactly where I wanted it. Finally, a coat of paint, and it was ready for the next step.

I cut out the curved sections that hold the spindles using my jigsaw. I then drilled holes into this piece to insert the ends of the wire spindles. I also cut out a smaller curved section for the corners and drilled holes in those to hold the other end. Once it was glued up, we had a lovely set of one-of-a-kind spindles for the front porch!

1 comment:

  1. Now that you don't have such a tight budget you can purchase Anker Rasmussen's duplicator. His estate sold off the rights to the design. Before he passed away he modified it to fit the Carba-Tec 45 SE lathe. It is still being sold through dealers of that lathe. The lathe he used to sell is now sold (with improvements) by Bonnie Klein. I have both the Klein lathe and the duplicator in my workshop. The brass profile patterns Anker sold are available through Smaller than Life Miniatures as is the duplicator.