|Project by Rev. Jim Paulson||posted 12-10-2009 01:29 AM||10570 views||11 times favorited||21 comments|
Back in 2002 I decided to make a treadle lathe. By then I had acquired all of Roy Underhill’s books and had studied them pretty well. I had been a fan of his PBS program, the Woodwright’s shop, since it came on the air. I had always admired his commitment to use hand tools and his use of a homemade treadle lathe. I used common lumber to make it such as 2×6’s and 2×4’s. When I finally decided to do this, I had already learned how to do chip carving through a class by Wayne Barton.
Here is my rendition of the treadle lathe featured on the Woodwright’s Shop and in Roy’s books. For me it was an accomplishment to make all the parts work as well as to achieve something that was beautiful to look at. I especially am referring to the problems that come with getting holes to be all aligned and compensating when wood moved here and there. My lathe features thrust ball bearings and even an idler. Instead of a rope pulley, I found a leather shop to make me a leather belt. By the time the carving was done, stained and the polyurethane dry it looked like more than a piece of woodworking equipment for me. Hence, my son’s comment to me when he first saw it,”Dad you made a machine into a work of art”.
Hope you enjoy these pics.