When I first built my tip-top table, some time ago, I chose to have four legs. My lathe work was not all that great, and I was afraid I would not get a perfect enough cylinder to attach three sliding dovetail legs. Well, times have changed! With a recently revised lathe and many more hours of reciprocal lathe work under my belt, I have decided to replace the spindle.
The table is a hodge-podge of woods. The top is alder, the birdcage is cherry and maple, the legs are sassafras, and the spindle is basswood. Yet, with amber shellac, the parts blend quite nicely.
The absence of glue during assembly made disassembly less troublesome. You’ve gotta love friction fitting. LOL!
I turned the replacement spindle in a matter of hours.
I now have to cut the mortise for the key at the birdcage and dovetail slots for three legs. I’ve been considering some sort of carving on the edge of the top. The jury is still out on that, however. Stay tuned.