Treadle Lathe Build #2: Framing Complete

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Blog entry by brianl posted 09-30-2011 11:21 PM 2221 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t really taken any vacation time this year so I decided to take a 4 day woodworking staycation. Hopefully the late will be complete at the end of it! With nothing else to do today, I made some great progress.

I started the day by finishing up the cross brace on the end. It probably seems like nothing, but cutting mortises in 4”x4” posts takes up a lot of time. Saint Roy’s plans call for this brace to be a simple 2×4, but since I am increasing the mass of the flywheel some (and because I had leftovers) I decided to beef up the brace to a 4×4 post. Getting the mortises and tenons for the triangular beams has been the biggest pain in my butt so far on this project. I probably spent a good hour and a half today just trimming and fitting to make this piece. I also went back and but a nice little beveled edge on the top surface of the bottom beams.

With that brace complete, the basic frame was done! So I started working on the tail stock. Again, Roy’s plans call for a 2×4 but since I had 4×4 scrap I wasn’t doing anything with, I decided to use that instead. The stock has a through mortise that when combined with a tapered peg solidly grips the lathe.

Now that these pieces are complete, the lathe is starting to finally take shape!

Up next, hardware and the flywheel!

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 10-01-2011 01:10 AM

It’s coming together quick! About how many hours would you say you’ve got in this so far?

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 10-01-2011 04:13 AM

I would very much like to build Mr Underhill’s spring pole lathe, but I need to clear some space in my shop first.

You are doing an awesome job on this thing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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