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Treadle Lathe #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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Treadle Lathe #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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Treadle Lathe #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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Goodell Pratt 125 Bench Lathe #1: The Beginning and history.

01-05-2013 09:40 PM by Woodknack | 2 comments »

A lathe has been in the back of my mind for some years and in the last year my love of vintage tools and machinery has really taken off so when I saw this 80+ year old Goodell Pratt bench lathe I had to have it. Luckily I got it for only a few bucks more than it cost new but unfortunately most of the original accessories are missing as is the original banjo and tool rest but then if it had those things it would have been 4-5X the price. The 125 was GP’s midi size lathe and was meant ...

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2012 Foot Powered Grinding Wheel #1: Concept, Design

02-09-2012 07:22 PM by Will Mego | 3 comments »

So one of the other projects I wish to accomplish this year (towards spring/summer) is a foot powered grinding wheel. gives you a vague idea of what I’m going after. The image, btw is from which might be of some interest to others. So the main choice facing me is natural stone, either harvested around me or from a stone yard, or to make a wheel using concrete/abrasive sands, several recipes ...

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Treadle Lathe Build #4: The flywheel

10-31-2011 05:23 AM by brianl | 3 comments »

The flywheel is based around a 2×12 of Douglas Fir I picked up at the big orange store. Not exactly high quality wood, but it gave me the mass I was looking for. I then added a layer of 3/4” pine boards to increase the mass a bit more. I cut the flywheel by mounting it in a vise and using the bow saw I made to cut the rough shape. Doing it this way seemed to be a lot faster than cutting rounding by cutting corners. Once the rough shape was cut, I then trued up the wheel wi...

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Treadle Lathe Build #2: Framing Complete

09-30-2011 11:21 PM by brianl | 2 comments »

I haven’t really taken any vacation time this year so I decided to take a 4 day woodworking staycation. Hopefully the late will be complete at the end of it! With nothing else to do today, I made some great progress. I started the day by finishing up the cross brace on the end. It probably seems like nothing, but cutting mortises in 4”x4” posts takes up a lot of time. Saint Roy’s plans call for this brace to be a simple 2×4, but since I am increasing the m...

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Treadle Lathe Build #1: Starting the build

09-29-2011 04:31 AM by brianl | 4 comments »

As part of my bowsaw project I ended up building a crude bungee lathe. In doing so I realized how useful a lathe could be and how it could enable my addiction…I mean hobby. Since most of my projects are from the arts and crafts movement I don’t see a lot of spindle turning in my future, but I can definitely see some serving implement, bowl, condiment shaker, and box turning happening. So I started looking around for a way to build a lathe that fit into my “no power tool...

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techniques #7: George Lailey commemorative bowls

10-11-2010 09:51 AM by Gary Fixler | 14 comments »

You guys really liked my last blog post about the Jarvi Bench, which made me happy as it was my 200th. I thought I’d follow up with a simpler process video I recently found that also makes me quite happy. In this one, a man named Robin Wood recreates the techniques used by one George Lailey, who died in 1958 at 89 years old. Robin spent 5 years researching Lailey’s techniques, recreating the very simple, entirely foot-powered lathe (a “pole lathe”), hand-forging all...

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