I know zero about turning and would just like to educate myself.
1. What's the difference between a spindle and a (round) post? At what size or diameter or length does a spindle become a post?
2. How long or thick of a post can a lathe handle? I'm thinking of say, a 4-poster bed with giant round posts that are 7 feet long. Are they all made in one piece?
3. Say you're working on something and want to use spindles or posts as a decorative feature but you're not a spinner. Can you buy spindles and round posts in any size or style or get a spinner to make you what you want?