Been wanting to build a treadle lathe for awhile. I also need a workbench so I decided to combine the project.
I will begin with building the flywheel then proceed to the workbench and lathe frame. I have thrown around alot of ideas for the flywheel from a solid wood wheel to a wagon wheel design. I have finally came to the conclusion that a combination of wood and concrete will give the most bang for the buck. Thanks “Sparky” for some of the design help.
I started off the day with a quick visit to Lowe’s to get some pine lumber and concrete. The flywheel will be 3 foot in diameter and will be capable of housing a 1 to 1.5 inch drive belt. Today, I build the flywheel frame which will later hold a concrete filling. The flywheel frame is constructed of pine boards, 2×4’s and trim. I threw the trim into the pool for a few minutes to help with flexibility. This wood bending idea worked much better than I expected. I think the pictures will explain the flywheel design better than I can.