Turning Archive 2007
>I'm turning some oak spindles for a staircase (luckily my friend only needs 6 of them) and I am encountering some issues I haven't had before. My experience turning is mostly windsor chair legs and pens. My issue is this, these spindles are 37" long, and they get thin (3/4" or so)in four spots along the length, which makes them pretty whippy, and I get quite a bit of chatter. I can steady the blank with my hand, but I'm wondering if maybe I could be doing something different to help the situation. In general, should I be turning the center most elements first, then work towards the ends? Also, these are oak, any tips on turning oak? I'm used to turning maple for windsor legs and it's not nearly as choppy as this oak is.