I have piles of "scrap" wood in the basement. Pieces of wood that are too small to do most useful things with, but too large to throw away with a clear conscience. A few months back, somebody on the block was throwing away an old crib. I snagged the two large sides, and busted the spindles out of them, fiuring that they would be good for making tall marudai, as long as I dind't care what those marudai looked like. So, this project was born. Take scrap wood from the basement, practice making marudai with some new processes, join them with the used spindles, and have some extra marudai that I can let go for cheap.
All these marudai are technically unfinished, although the raw wood has been sealed with a water-based sanding sealer (to help with smoothing) and lightly oiled for shine. The spindle have whatever finish was on them. Nothing has been glued, so these marudai can be disassembled for travel.
All marudai are about 26.5" tall, which is a decent height for braiding while seated in a chair.
This marudai has a flat spot in the mirror edge (visible in the upper left) that resulted from a router mishap.
I did manage to get the plywood smoothed pretty nicely.
Slightly smaller, and mismatched in materials, this marudai is definitely the runt of the litter, though it is emminently usable.