Treadle Lathe #2: Step 1: Design

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Blog entry by Texasgaloot posted 08-30-2008 07:39 PM 6369 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Drawing from my impressive knowledge and powers of observation, I sat down early this morning and decided to model my future treadle lathe. Figured something this complicated probably ought to have a little thought put into it, just to sound impressive, anyway.

In keeping with the bottom-feeder tradition, I’m trying to build the whole thing out of big box store dimensional lumber. I haven’t researched the bearings yet, but in the renderings I have the flayrod made out of 1\2” rod stock with a bearing welded on. I can see where it would be perfectly serviceable if I had a 1×3 with a bearing on the crank end and a bearing over a lag screw on the treadle end. I hope to begin construction this weekend—Momma wants me to get a project or two finished before I start, however. Sounds like “honey-do’s” to me…

This is sort of a front perspective of what I’ve come up with:

Front perspective

The same thing, slightly more to the side:

Side perspective, sort of

And a detail of the tail stock, using a tusk tenon and wedge:

Tail stock close up

I’ve concluded that no matter what I do to these jpg’s, Lj’s is going to crop the right side of them. I tried to trick it, but I can’t fool it. I apologize for the partial pictures.

Tell me what you think so far!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 08-30-2008 08:00 PM

the design of the project is very interesting I wish you good luck for the continuation of your project

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 08:10 PM

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#3 posted 08-30-2008 08:56 PM

Wouldn’t a true Galoot use Lignum vitae or something similar for the bearings? Looks like you have a nice start.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 08-30-2008 10:11 PM

That’s wicked cool! Can’t wait to see it finished!

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#5 posted 08-30-2008 10:27 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 08-31-2008 12:29 AM

Looks good so far. What do you have up your sleeve for centers?

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#7 posted 08-31-2008 02:32 AM

Just make sure your image is smaller than 640×480 px @ 72ppi, and your whole drawing should show up. Good luck on this very interesting project. I would use a hardwood with fairly stable proportions for something this tolerance-necessary‚ĶQS white oak comes to mind.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 08-31-2008 05:03 AM

John: Part of the whole Galoot think, in my experience, is being a bottom-dweller. LV is for people that can buy LV…

Scott: At this point, I don’t have that much up my sleeve except sawdust. I’m probably going to have to thread the end of the rod used for the live center and buy a commercial one. Hopefully used on eBay.

Douglas: Thanks for the tip on the pictures. I thought I had them small enough, but I bet the ppi is greater than 72. Your hardwood suggestion is a point well taken. I’m sort of viewing this process as just that; a process. I’m going to need to start with dimensional lumber, and then slowly rebuild with real wood as I go. Except for the treadle—that can stay fir.

You all: thanks for looking, evaluating, and commenting! I appreciate your support!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#10 posted 09-11-2008 07:32 PM

Cool link Debbie and an interesting project you got there Tex

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#11 posted 10-04-2008 04:12 AM

As a matter of fact, Ms Debbie, I did run across that when I was researching my design. Thanks for pointing it out! (Impressive, isn’t it?)

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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