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Jeremey Weeks
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I built a wood lathe recently. It's not great but it gets the job done. The next version will be better (or I'll buy a real wood lathe).

Here's a link if you'd like to see the results...

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That's sweet. I know how you're going to entertain yourself this winter.

 
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Jeremey Weeks : I could not get your video to load, but my Mac does not play well with others, I am sure that you have most of the handwork done now !

Do a google search for a (spring) pole lathe, or a treadle lathe, old timers sat down to use it, and generally used just one foot to 'treadle' it like early sewing
machines, I think that that is exactly what you are looking for ! Big AL !
 
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I'll look for another way to load the video.I'm sure there's a way to post it straight from my wordpress site. thanks for all the encouragement!
 
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Here's the video:



EDITED to add: For some reason, it won't embed. Oh well, just click it.

 
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Got it! Youtube is a difficult beast to tame.

 
Jeremey Weeks
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I think I have a work around on my post now. I just added the video a second time and didn't use YouTube.

The thing that excites me most about the lathe is that I can make gears now. More to come about that.

--JS
 
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An update:

I found a treadle (to a dentist drill) and hooked it up to the lathe. It's still slower than using a motor powered lathe, but it's very reasonable.
 
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Jeremy : some where there is a crazed collector looking for your foot powered dentists drill, if it was made after the thirties it probably was made for the Armed services !
Another need to acknowledge their sacrifices ! Great find ! nice pictures Big AL !
 
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I knew it was a dentist drill because I had spotted one two weeks before, at an antiques store in Sacramento.



The price tag was $500. You can believe I'll sell my treadle if I can find the rest of the parts to make a drill!

It takes me about 45 minutes to turn a block of cherry wood to what you see below. (Scissors are for scale)

 
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I remember my Mennonite friend , Jonas, having a foot powered dentist drill. He would climb out the window to adjust a mirror on the roof as a spotlight to see in your mouth.

Maybe an Amish catalog makes parts?
 
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The treadle version leaving both hands free is faster and safer, wouldn't go for the had powered one unless you have a child needing the exercise
 
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I got some Roy Underhill DVDs for Christmas. They show some interesting and better designs.
 
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