|Tips: Sanding Curves on Spindles|
Sanding Curves on Spindles
To help create a fair curve when sanding coves, I used to use a selection of different-sized dowels. For a curve on a small finial, I would wrap abrasive around the sharpened taper on a pencil.
To allow for the varying diameters on a complex finial, I turned a 1 ½”- (38 mm-) diameter cone about 4” (10 cm) long, and it has proven to be a versatile sanding aid. I wrap the cone with a piece of sandpaper and match the diameter with the turning. Where the curve is tighter, I simply move the cone to match the new diameter. To expose fresh abrasive, rotate the cone.
~ Joe Larese, New York