Turning Archive 2007
>After riving and shaving my back spindles, I have another use for my lathe (other than the turned pieces). I chuck a 3/8" tenon bit into the Jacobs chuck and get a true 3/8" end. After I shave off the "fuzzies", I chuck a 1/2" tenon bit in the Jacobs chuck and do the other end to fit into my seats - this side is done to a "stop". That way I get a really close fit for the seat and the back rail. I then use my trusty spokeshaves to finish tapering the spindles to the desired shape.
I prefer shaving my back spindles as opposed to turning them. If the spindles are for a more "rustic" chair, I'll leave the tool marks on the spindles. Otherwise, I just shave them, use a chair devil to scrape them and gently sand them.