Treadle Coffee Table

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Project by Jarrett posted 03-16-2016 12:47 AM 1573 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m usually the first to condone someone who takes a perfectly functional tool and turns it into an non-functioning piece of furniture, but this sewing machine was a different story. The machine itself looked like it had been dropped off the back of a truck a few times and the wooden cabinet had delaminated years ago. I made it so the treadle still can function, and was trying to think of a way that the treadle could still be used…to stir drinks perhaps?

Sliding dovetails to mate the top to the base. Wood used in a butcherblock style, reclaimed oak bridge beams, spalted poplar, and wild cherry.

-- Jarrett

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 12:55 AM

Great minds think a like I posted mine about an hour before yours nice job. Mine is more like a desk.

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 09:13 AM

That is quite a unique piece of furniture, I like that the top looks as though its been there for years. Nice work!

-- The craftsman is his own harshest critic... Jeff (me)

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 01:08 PM

Looks very nice.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 02:16 PM

I love these things!
Great save.
And it really looks nice TOO!!

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 04:30 PM

treadle powered lathe perhaps.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 04:57 PM

Thanks for the compliments!
Jeff, I spent many an hour thinking the same about a lathe, but the wheel seemed too lightweight when I tried it. Efficiency and speed of a springpole is hard to surpass, unless treadle wheel is big and heavy!

-- Jarrett

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