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Treadle Lathe

Discussion in 'Woodworkers' Completed Projects' started by Rocking RP, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. Rocking RP

    Rocking RP Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Local library has a Revo day usually held on July 4th, this year was delayed until yesterday the 18th of August. I have participated the last couple of years. Last year I made a draw horse and demonstrated it's use. This year I decided to make a treadle lathe. Thought I would share it with this group. Turned out pretty nice. Definitely takes some cooridination.

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    Smitty Member Full Member

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    That is awesome. I have been intrigued by Treadle lathes. How well does it perform?
     
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  3. Rocking RP

    Rocking RP Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Not bad. Basically your balancing on one foot and trying to control a cutting tool while rhythmically pumping the other foot. Piece of cake.:wacko: It's fun to do though. Don't think I'll be making any masterpieces with it.
     
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  4. rocky1

    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    At least you have argument if anyone suggests you can't walk down the street and chew bubble gum at the same time!
     
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    Very cool!!
     
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    You know, you could incorporate a stationary bike for "someone" to ride. Then you would have 2 feet on the ground. If you use these newer ones, could use a gear bike for different speeds....
     
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    Schroedc Apprentice Saw Maker Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    I've seen a number of treadle lathes built shorter so a person can sit on a bench and run the treadle and be stable for holding the tool. That's how it's done with my 1890's Goodell Pratt little treadle lathe.
     
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  8. Rocking RP

    Rocking RP Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I'd love to see a pic of your treadle lathe. Never thought about sitting and turning. Good idea.
     
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    Very cool
     
  10. David Hill

    David Hill I collect & use Texas woods---but prefer Mesquite. Full Member

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    Very coo!
    Turn wood AND stay in shape!
    One of my other addicti—- errr hobbies is going to auctions— may give someting like this a whirl when I see one.
     
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