Railings & Spindles
Preserving homes of the past – for the future
Community involvement has always been of great importance to those of us here at
Shopsmith. Our Dayton, Ohio community has been good to us…and we like to think that we’ve been good for the community, as well. So, when we heard about a group of community-minded people who were working on a very special project, we decided to check it out for ourselves…and we’re sure glad we did !
The DPWA (Dayton Philharmonic Women’s Association) s a fund-raising organization that helps support the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Orchestra Endowment Fund and many other educational programs.
One of their latest endeavors has been lining up various companies around town to sponsor and refurbish some of the fine historic homes in the Dayton area. After some further investigation, we decided to get involved and team-up with a talented Daytonian, Michael Brown of The Deciduous Tree, a long-time Shopsmith friend and MARK V owner.
Michael is a master craftsman, and his company specializes in custom woodworking. Together, we agreed with the DPWA to rebuild, with the help of an architect, the porch railings and Spindles on a home that was built in 1869. As you can see by the photograph, it was quite a project – 50 feet of a seven-piece porch railing plus 175 custom-turned Spindles.
When we first went to visit with Michael, he was already using a full complement of Shopsmith equipment, including a vital tool for a high-volume Spindle-turning project like this – a Shopsmith Lathe Duplicator .
You might never need to build anything this big for your home, but the idea and plans will work just the same, no matter how large your porch (or similar project) might be.
The first point of consideration on a project like this is stock selection. You’ll need to use a wood that will stand up to changing temperatures and weather conditions…that will resist potential abuse of all types…and accept paint well. In our case, we selected poplar for its durability and workability.
The amount of stock you’ll need will obviously depend on the total linear feet of your particular project. So, in the Bill of Materials (and throughout these plans), we will only be including thicknesses and widths when describing the Spindles.
Archived Project Plans
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|Making porch railings and spindles|
|Heart shaped three tier stand|
|Oval picture frame with or without router arm|
|Letters from Owners|
|Spindle turning on the MARK V|
|Shopsmith Router Arm|
|Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You|
|National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH|
|Online Accessory Catalog|
|Request Printed Accessory Catalog|
|Links Worth Visiting|
|Free Woodworking Tips|
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