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#1 posted 12-08-2018 01:00 PM

Looking at the pictures, my “guess” is that there needs to be a ridged link between the treadle and the outer most gear ( I know – duh!”) that swivels on both ends. This then pulls the gear forward to spin the lathe, and also allows the gear to be pushed back to it’s original position to start another pull on the lathe while it spins.

I think you will need to drill the gear to accept a swivel pin, same for the treadle, maybe use a bolt, and for a rod use something with a loop on each end. I think that a piece of coat hanger wire could be fashoned to do the job.

To check my speculations, pull the gear forward and push it back as if connected to the treadle, see if I am even close to correct.

Good luck.

PS, nice find, this will be fun to use. Post your first project from it.

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