Timber Shows... #6: Whisper quiet wood lathe

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Blog entry by degoose posted 09-09-2010 05:53 AM 10651 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While at the Canberra Timber and Working With Wood Show… I managed to take a few minutes to wander around… this particular stand grabbed my attention… a foot powered lathe… I have already seen a pedal powered table saw and a foot powered scroll saw..but this was the first time I had see the foot powered lathe in action… oh sure in books… but to see it used live… wow…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 07:06 AM

That will shed my extra pounds fast!

Thanks for posting, very original.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 07:25 AM

Great video Larry. Now all you have to do is make a treadle lathe. I’ve been enjoying mine quite a bit lately.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 11:30 AM

Hi Larry.

That’s what they call a spring pole lathe for the sapling used as a return spring for the treadle.

A guy named Roy Underhill uses one on his antique woodworking show on American TV. He’s on staff at Colonial Williamsburg, a sort of living museum built to depict an early colony. Also has a number of books out on old time woodworking.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 11:32 AM

There’s enough info on treadle lathes on the internet to build one. I saw one of these demonstrated at a craft fair once. They are interesting. I like the ones that have a big enough fly wheel that smooths out the power. I love the old stuff.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 12:34 AM

I could make me one of those and totally skip the gym…. lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 02:18 AM

I was just gonna say that looks like a Roy Underhill special to me!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 09-10-2010 07:52 PM

Just don’t forget to alternate legs or you’ll end up with one that looks like Popeye’s forearm! LOL

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#8 posted 09-10-2010 09:57 PM

hey Larry trying to catch up on all your new blogs…..its hot to try follow you so fast

you shuold realy see this homemade lathe (footpowered ofcourse) but its build a little like
the old treadle sewing maschines this is the second he has build but the other is on his site
and soo is there something about citric acid and electrolysis treadment of rust

take a look you wont be disapointed (warning no vidioclip) thats my dreamlathe anyway ….LOL

take care

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