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Blog entry by Bertha posted 06-05-2011 04:04 PM 2813 reads 1 time favorited 64 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am the proud new owner of a treadle.

It works (warning: the words “kick a$$” are uttered in this video; if sensitive, protect appropriately). There is also loud music by Big Business.

It’s all cast iron, predrilled for a missing top. There’s a pulley wheel a little bit more narrow in diameter than the short axis of the future table top.

I’m looking for some suggestions about what to build. So far, I’ve come up with:

1) lathe- I’ve got one and I really don’t like turning that much
2) belt sander
3) disc sander
4) fine blade band saw-I’ve got a 1” resaw in my bandsaw, so this would be nice
5) the world’s first foot-operated drum sander? lol

any help appreciated.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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#1 posted 06-05-2011 04:09 PM

Hahahaha

How about a sewing machine? Would go well with the music.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 04:14 PM

Cool!

My Mom has one but it’s still attached to her sewing machine!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 04:32 PM

Bellows! You need a forge..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 04:34 PM

@Stretch, I leave the seamstressing to you, big guy;) That’s a hilarious image of a near 7-foot dude hunched over a Singer, whistling whilst sewing.

@Lew, thanks! If you can think of something beside sewing, let me know;)

@August, thanks for that machining offer. I don’t think many here can respect what a generous offer that is. I think this one won’t require any. I’m just going to build a table that allows some belt passage. A disc sander makes a lot of sense to me and I don’t have one. But the awesomeness of building a foot-powered drum sander might be too much tempation to resist! ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 04:34 PM

Duuuuuude, Stretch. Can you imagine the power elevation I’d experience if I had a foot operated bellows? ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 04:35 PM

Over 9000 at least

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 06-05-2011 04:36 PM

I would say a lathe but if you dont like turning I would go with the sharpening system, that way you dont have to worry about overheating your tools.

I would think if you had to sit there to opperate a drum or disk sander you would get dust falling all over you, I hate sanding dust, I avoid it as much as possible.

I think Roy Underhill made a table saw out of something like this.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 06-05-2011 04:41 PM

Now if you plan carefully Al, you could make it modular kind of like a foot-powered Shopsmith.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#9 posted 06-05-2011 04:47 PM

@stretch, Ebay would probably put a supergold star next to my name, simply out of admiration, despite the fact I’ve never sold anything.

Mauricio. Let me stop for a moment, someone the other day made is sound like using the AT sign is a disrespectful way of addressing people. If that's true, someone tell me and I'll stop. Anyway Mauricio, my problem is I’ve already got the lathe covered.

I’ve got the grinding stones covered too.

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And like you, I don’t like dust:)

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I want to make something special but I just can’t figure it. I can’t figure how to make a scroll saw, which would be nice. I could make a very tiny bandsaw, I suppose. It’s exciting either way.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 06-05-2011 04:49 PM

@ is rude? Last I checked, that meant “at” and both facebook and twitter use it to mention/reply to people. Are email addresses rude to the ESP?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#11 posted 06-05-2011 04:51 PM

Roy Underhill made a tredle scroll saw too. Let me see if I can find the video.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 06-05-2011 04:52 PM

I’m not sure, Dan. I just saw somewhere that someone was complaining about it. I’m going to start my own:

Hey you friggin scumbag Dan, what is a good finish for a cutting board?

So

HYFS Dan, is Festool a good sander?

Etc.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 06-05-2011 04:53 PM

These people sell treadle jigsaws on ebay that you could look at as a reference.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Woodworkers-Treadle-ScrollSaw-Woodbodied-Foot-Operated-/190471593562?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c58fdde5a#ht_3658wt_905

BTW, sewing machines are manly power tools :) I sew my own chisel rolls and tool pouches.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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#14 posted 06-05-2011 04:54 PM

IDK, but if you bring politics into the discussion, I’ll block you. But let me continue, the FDA is craa-a-a-azy man

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#15 posted 06-05-2011 04:57 PM

Thanks Mauricio! I can’t figure how to plan the oscillation. Speaking of oscillation, Dan, I’ve done enough woodworking in this link that I can honor it with some music you may appreciate:

You don’t have to be a drummer or like math metal to recognize the above. How many time signatures were represented there?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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