UK Stairparts Ltd


At UK Stair Parts, we are specialist woodturners – with specialist capabilities. This allows us to create almost all woodturning products and projects. Our well equipped workshop allows us to create truly unique pieces, to exact specifications. We manufacture both contemporary and traditional products – and we are able to batch make furniture items and replacement items alongside creating one off pieces. Some of the most popular woodturning products we supply include bespoke furniture, and replacement furniture items – such as chair legs, sofa legs, table legs and spindles.

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Woodturning, a form of woodworking where a wood piece is turned on a lathe while a stationary tool cuts and shapes it, is both an art and a craft. It requires a delicate blend of precision and creativity, especially when applied to furniture—pieces that must be as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing. This page explores how our woodturning service can breathe new life into antique furniture, providing expert solutions for repairs and replacements that honor the past while ensuring utility and durability going forward.

Design Inspirations: A Nod to the Past

For those looking to infuse historical essence into their living spaces, integrating woodturning into furniture designs can offer a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Draw inspiration from the neoclassical curves and slender proportions of the Victorian era or the straightforward stout forms of the Arts & Crafts movement. Your woodturned furniture can echo these timeless styles through balusters, spindles, or even intricate table legs.

When tackling repairs or creating replacement pieces, consider the overarching style of the antique furniture. Are you matching a set of Queen Anne dining chairs requiring the perfection of an acanthus leaf motif? Or is it an heirloom rolltop desk needing a new set of uniformly turned drawer pulls? The objective is to observe and replicate the finesse of these time-honored pieces, seamlessly blending the new with the old.

Functional Aspects: Durability Meets Craftsmanship

While the visual appeal is paramount, functionality cannot be sacrificed. Woodturning offers solutions that are not only fitting for an antique’s style but are also robust and usable. When devising a new piece or planning a repair:

  1. Material Choice: Select woods that not only match the visual aspects of the antique but also offer durability. Hardwoods like oak, maple, or cherry are often ideal for furniture, combining strength with ease of working.
  2. Precision Turning: Turned elements should not only match the look of their forebears but also fit precisely. Precise measurements and carefully duplicated patterns ensure that new turned pieces blend in.
  3. Finish Application: Any finishes applied—whether oil, lacquer, or paint—must be consistent with the original piece’s patina and sheen. Consider employing specialized finishing techniques that mimic aged wood.
  4. Custom Fittings: Often, antiques have non-standard sizes. Custom-turning pieces accommodate these anomalies, thus preserving the furniture’s structural integrity and historic charm.
  5. Repair and Reinforcement: Where possible, integrate modern reinforcement techniques subtly, ensuring that the furniture withstands the rigors of daily use without compromising its antique character.

Woodturning design in furniture is about honoring craftsmanship traditions while delivering pieces that stand the test of time. Whether you are looking for a replacement part for antique furniture, or replacing a piece of timber you cannot find a replacement for – we have the solutioin for you.

By approaching each project with the due respect for heritage and meticulous attention to detail, our woodturning leads to stunningly beautiful and functional furnishing that becomes part of a home’s story, just as the original pieces have over centuries.