He has lots of small pieces of wood left over from other projects and I found a piece of redwood from a salvaged deck to play with. I chose the redwood because it was already in cut into a circle and about the thickness I was looking for. All I had to do was draw my arches and cut it out with the scroll saw.
This is what I came up with:
It measures just over 6 inches long and 3 inches wide
It's far from perfect, but it works !
I used the scroll saw to cut out the shape and a drill press to carve the openings. The drill press was not the best choice of tools to use for cutting out the center. Next time I am going to use the scroll saw to cut out the center opening. I used the belt sander to shape the dowel.
I don't know much on balancing spindles, but that didn't stop me
I was very surprised how well it does spin and how balanced it came out !
I like a bit more weight to my spindles and I think the redwood is too light to keep a good spinning rotation going, I added a metal washer and now it is more like the weight I like. I don't have a scale to tell you the exact weight, but I think it is close to 1/4 of an ounce and 1/2 an ounce with the metal washer.
I am going back out to the shed to find some hard rock maple and try it again.