Old Time Woodworking #1: Building a Spring Pole Lathe.....the base

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Blog entry by A Slice of Wood Workshop posted 811 days ago 2866 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been moving towards hands tools and out of power tools lately. I sold my delta power planer gasp and bought some yellow pine lumber to build a spring pole lathe. I worked on it today and got the base “finished”. For more details visit here . H ope you all have a great weekend in the shop.

-- Tim-; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-

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Don W

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#1 posted 811 days ago

now we’re getting into the vintage repro’s. I like to watch, but I like my power to. I like the switch on my lathe, but can see the interest.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 811 days ago

A spring pole lathe is great at craft fairs so people can watch you making something. I saw one at a craft show in Nashville, TN one Summer and talked to the guy for a while. Turns out he uses a regular lathe at home and only turns on his treadle lathe at shows. It still made a very effective sales tool.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 811 days ago

Nice pole lathe. I am interested in the outcome.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 808 days ago

Great looking job on this ….you will love this once you get it going. Welcome to the world of foot powered turning…’s addicting and a blast!

All the best,


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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