Spindle Carver

Set up and operate bench-mounted, single-spindle carving machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Spindle Carvers do?

Sets up and operates bench-mounted, single-spindle carving machine to carve decorative designs on wooden furniture stock, following drawing or sample: Studies drawing of design or stock sample of item to be carved and selects cutter according to size and shape of design and type of wood. Attaches cutter to machine spindle, using wrenches and pliers. Starts machine and holds and guides stock against rotating cutter to carve design identical to drawing or sample. May install grinding wheel on spindle and sharpen cutter by holding it against rotating grinding wheel. May attach carving guide and rest stock against guide to cut design in stock.

Should I be a Spindle Carver?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Vacuum-Spindle Sander

    How to become a Spindle Carver

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