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I'd laminate them, but...

Ellis Walentine
If I understand correctly, this serpentine curve has an amplitude of about 3". That is too curvy to bandsaw without creating short grain and compromising strength. Laminating would give you a good combination of strength and uniformity, so that would be the safest way. You'd have to deal with the appearance of the laminates on the edges of the spindles, but that shouldn't be a deal breaker. Don't make them any thinner than necessary.

This said, steam bending would also be possible, though unpredictable. White oak is a good wood for steam bending. If you prepare blanks wide enough to get one chair's worth of spindles from each blank, they should stay pretty close to aligned when you rip out the individual spindles.

Ellis

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