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Blog series by LastingBuild updated 02-22-2019 12:00 AM 14 parts 13743 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Part I: Introduction

08-31-2018 11:56 AM by LastingBuild | 2 comments »

I am excited to build a treadle lathe. I recently began milling some rough sawn oak to use as the frame and I have assembled the needed hardware to make a functional lathe. I am using multiple sources in this project as reference material. I have listed the reference material below.: How to build a treadle Lathe by Steve Schmeck Lathe from a Loft by Roy Underhill Treadle Lathe by Mr. Chicadee on youtube. The hardware needed for this project is: 1/2” steel Rod...

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Part 2: Joinery Layout

09-27-2018 01:24 AM by LastingBuild | 2 comments »

Now that all the major components of the lathe are dimensioned I begin laying out the joinery. The treadle lathe will be build using mortise and tenon joinery secured with oak dowels. Check out the video for details! View on YouTube

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Part 3: Cutting Joinery

10-11-2018 12:52 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

Making progress on the lathe. In the last post, I laid out the ways (the horizontal boards that the head stock, tail stock and tool rest sit on) and in this episode I cut four tenons and two housing dados! This project is definitely taking longer than expected but I’m happy with the current progress and I’m confident it will be worth the effort. Working with oak has been a learning curve in comparison to pine. View on YouTube I can’t wait to be turning wood with a f...

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Part 4: Dry fitting the first joint

11-01-2018 01:49 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

In this episode, I complete the two housings in the 2nd upright. Each housing is mated with a housing in each way. The horizontal ways will attached to three uprights (legs) of the treadle lathe frame. The ways will be the structural support for the headstock, tail stock and tool rest. View on YouTube

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Part 5: Upright mortises and dry fitting the first through tenon

11-02-2018 01:24 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

Today I began hogging out the four mortises on the 1st and 3rd uprights. Each mortise will house a through tenon attaching the two ways to the uprights (legs). The second upright attaches to the ways with a series of housings in which I discussed on the last post. Sticking with the hand-tool only approach., I drilled out each mortise with my brace and 1 inch auger bit from each side of the uprights then finished it off with a chisel. I’m really happy with the fit. Thanks for following m...

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Part 6: Steady progress | Frame assembly soon

11-15-2018 08:16 PM by LastingBuild | 1 comment »

Since my last post, I cut the mortises on the uprights (three legs) and began hogging out the mortises in the three mating feet. The tenons are quite large and the mortises are taking around 15 drill holes using my brace and bit. The vintage Stanley brace and Irwin company auger bits I’m using are a real pleasure though. Each tenon is 3 inches long and I’m drilling the mortise to 3 1/4” depth. Once the three mortises are complete, I can fit the frame togethe...

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Part 7: After months of work.....

11-20-2018 01:14 PM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

After months of work, I finally assembled the frame for the first time. First, I cleaned out the last mortise in the upright base and it fit snuggly on the first try. I then moved onto assembling the base. Everything lined up as I planned and I achieved a tight fit. Now that each of the joints are complete in the frame, I can move my attention to the mechanical parts of the lathe. View on YouTube

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Part 8: Treadle Wheel build | Failure!

12-01-2018 02:40 PM by LastingBuild | 1 comment »

Continuing on with the “hand tool only” lathe build. I begin construction of the treadle wheel. I dimensioned some rough sawn oak boards then created tongue and groove joints along the edges before glue up. After glue-up, I began to cut out the circular radius of the wheel. Unfortunately, I have my first set back. I over tightened my bow saw and broke the blade. Thanks for following my project. View on YouTube

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Part 9: Flywheel finally done!

01-02-2019 02:28 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

It took some sweat equity but the flywheel is finally done. I ordered a few extra bow saw blades this time in case of another blade failure. Now that the flywheel is mounted in the lathe frame, it is really starting to take some shape. Once I get the bearing installed in the frame, I believe the flywheel will spin almost as good as my kids fidget spinners! Thanks for watching and following my build! View on YouTube

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Part 10: Treadle Pedal Mechanism

01-12-2019 07:48 PM by LastingBuild | 1 comment »

In the last post, we assembled the flywheel and mounted it to the frame. The treadle pedal mechanism is made up of an oak offset block housing the flywheel axel and offset axle or crank (not sure the correct term). The pedal is made up of an oak frame pivoting around a 1/2 steel rod. It rotates on two 1/2 bearings. The pedal connects to the offset block using an oak crank arm with pressure fitted bearings in each end. 5/8 connecting to the offset block axle and 1/2 connecting...

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Part 11: The Frame and Flywheel are complete and installed

02-01-2019 12:23 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

Over the past week, I took apart the frame and did final shaping. I tapered the legs some to give the base a more bulky appearance. This also shifts some of the weight to the base. I added the bearings to leg #1 and #2. I draw bored each leg to its corresponding base. Each leg was labeled using traditional timber frame Roman numeral numbering. The Flywheel was grooved using a series of carving chisels. I created the mortises for each wedged through tenon and the frame was com...

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Part 12: Headstock

02-09-2019 03:16 PM by LastingBuild | 1 comment »

The headstock went through several design changes prior to the build. I originally planned to mount the spindle drive wheel (3’ pulley) between the first two posts. I realized the stock was not going to be long enough for the spindle height I wanted. I settled on laminating 6×6 oak stock. The headstock is hollow from front to back with the spindle drive wheel mounted between on a 3/8” rod. The rod is fixed into the headstock with bearings and stop collars. The He...

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Part 13: Tailstock

02-13-2019 12:53 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

The tailstock is pretty simple. It is made from 3 inches thick of laminated oak. It is attached to the frame by a wedged tenon and slides along the uprights to adjust to the length of the turning project. The wedge is made of laminated cherry. The live center rests in a #2MT. I used calipers to get the dimensions of the MT and used my brace and bit and carving chisels to create the pocket for the MT to rest. I mounted up a 4×4 scrap piece of cedar at the end of the video and it was reall...

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Part 14: Tool Rest and Finale!

02-22-2019 12:00 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

The project is finally done! I have been working on this project since late August. The final part of the project was to build the tool rest. It consists of a base plate with a sliding through mortise. The upright is mortise and tenoned into the baseplate and the steel prefabricated rest mounts within a 1 Inch hole on top. The steel rest is adjustable with a finger screw. The tool rest mounts to the frame and is adjustable front to back, side to side, up and down and can twist. The tool rest ...

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