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Treadle Lathe workbench #2: so the flywheel continues....

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Blog entry by jth2bmtsu posted 03-31-2009 03:30 AM 2222 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: workday #1 Part 2 of Treadle Lathe workbench series Part 3: constructing the frame from my reclaimed wood........ »

First of all, thanks so much to all that posted comments about the project. The illustration posted definitely has some components that will be similar to this project. I will be using the galvanized steel for the crank.
I also want to add that for some reason the website is only showing the left part of all my pictures. Not sure why but if anyone knows how to fix it let me know.

Since last post, I have been able to work two consecutive days for a few hours. Vacation time really is awesome.

I was able to finish the framing of the flywheel then pour some concrete to weight the perimeter of the wheel.

I also predrilled holes for bolts and drilled some additional holes to (in theory) decrease the weight of the center of the wheel. What do you think of the finished flywheel? It is real heavy!!! I will probably give the wheel a nice paint job before I assemble the lathe.
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After finishing the flywheel we gave it a spin and it had very little wobble. That is pretty cool.



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#1 posted 03-31-2009 06:15 AM

Never thought of using concrete in the flywheel. That should give some serious torque to the lathe. After you get it started you might not get it stopped!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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