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Blog series by Texasgaloot updated 09-29-2008 03:57 AM 6 parts 23551 reads 48 comments total

Part 1: In Texas, they use the word "Loco."

08-27-2008 04:19 AM by Texasgaloot | 8 comments »

You must figure by now that I’m ADD or something. I’ve got my Moby Plank project running. I’ve got my bow saw project running. And now I’m starting a new blog on building a treadle lathe. Well, it’s the “or something.” Every since I saw Roy Underhill (herewith referred to as “St. Roy,”) using his treadle lathe, I have been, well, smitten. I don’t have an electric lathe, I don’t have any lathe, and I need a lathe. I don...

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Part 2: Step 1: Design

08-30-2008 07:39 PM by Texasgaloot | 11 comments »

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&...

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Part 3: Big wheels keep on turnin'

09-03-2008 04:47 AM by Texasgaloot | 10 comments »

Well, I’ll take Labor Day. I know that doesn’t make me unique, but I was able to get some much needed shop time in. Work started on the treadle lathe. I’ll warn you ahead of time: the work is certainly going to be sporadic, since I have a couple of other projects I’m working already. But that’s okay with me. I started with taking a couple of 2×4’s and cutting half dovetails in them. They were left over from the platform I built so that I could ...

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Part 4: Paying attention to basics...

09-11-2008 05:04 PM by Texasgaloot | 7 comments »

One of my design considerations for this beast is that it be made completely from mediocre dimensional, or at least Big Box lumber. A part of my reasoning for using this MO is that I cannot afford enough quality hardwood lumber to complete the project at this juncture. I still feel this is a good premise; furthermore, perhaps I can get all the goobers and boo-boos out of the way before I build the final showcase ideal model. In the meantime I’ll be able to get some turning experience...

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Part 5: The Plot Sickens...

09-15-2008 04:46 AM by Texasgaloot | 6 comments »

I’m not a metal worker. I actually got some shop time this weekend. Not enough, it’s never enough! I had the opportunity to continue the lathe saga, and to “engineer” some of the metal parts. Now, I never purported to be a metal worker, but after a couple of tries the axle/crank came out better than I had hoped, in terms of nice crisp bends. I may find that the length of the crank arm (to use cycling nomenclature) is too long, resulting in a wildly flailing Pitt...

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Part 6: I'm feeling a little cranky...

09-29-2008 03:57 AM by Texasgaloot | 6 comments »

Since my last post on the treadle lathe, I was able to get a few things accomplished; some with outstanding success, some with not-so-outstanding… um… In the last couple of weeks I haven’t really put much time in on this project, but I was able to get the tail stock cut and pared to fit snugly between the ways. I wanted a very snug fit, because I don’t want the tail stock to develop any bias in terms of turning longitudinally to the lathe. I was able to achieve a ...

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