Documenting a Foot-Powered Treadle Lathe

From the YouTube channel, Chop With Chris where he does "amazing woodworking projects with no power tools."  At last count, he has 19 "how to" videos available and a slew of other good things on his YouTube channel. From his "About" Page: "I play in that weird intersection of woodworking and music! A few years …

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A Master at Work

It is awe-inspiring to see a master of anything at work, making their creation seem almost effortless.  Many thousands of hours, or even thousands of days, really show at a high level of work.  This isn't to say that repetitive tasks are always fulfilling or require lot's of mental exercise but that is often the …

jumping once again on the Bowl Lathe bandwagon

Peter Follansbee is up to more good stuff…

practice

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes

 I took a break from basket making last week to finally build myself a dedicated lathe for turning bowls. Mine is based on the ones we used when I was a student this spring in Robin Wood’s bowl-turning course at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/bowl-class-tip-of-the-iceberg/

I think I first saw this style of lathe in the book Wood and Woodworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York, by Carole A. Morris (York Archeaological Trust/Council for British Archeaology, 2000), then in the work done by Robin Wood and others…

First off, I jobbed out the long slot cut in the 3″ thick beech plank. I traded Michael Burrey some carving work for his labor – I coulda done it, if I wanted to…

bench slot

Then came boring the hole for the legs. Legs like these angle out in two directions; to the side, and to the end. I mark…

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Pole Lathe

Here's an image of Mick's pole lathe where my bowl and plate were created.  It's hard to see all the workings from this view but it's a pretty great set-up.  Unlike a modern, continuous motion lathe, the cutting is done on the down-stroke (about 2 1/2 revolutions) and the spring returns the system to the …