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Project by Ron Aylor posted 02-24-2017 12:20 AM 1439 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While cleaning up after turning the legs for Lynnsay's Prie Dieu I realized that more than a few folks have expressed interest in my spring pole lathe. Therefore, I thought why not post it as a project. I built this beast some 19 years ago from yellow pine timbers. I left the timbers rough and soaked them in Jacobean stain in an effort to make it look old.
 
The spring pole is a hickory sapling. I can adjust the tension via a wedge …
 

 
... the spring arm is hackberry, and can be re-positioned by removing a pin. Although not shown … the cord is tied at the other end to the hickory sapling.
 

 
The tool rest is cherry.
 

 
I used metal weaving shuttle tips for the centers. The head stock is fixed … the tail stock can travel the length of the lathe, being locked in place via a wooden clamp akin to the tool rest.
 

 
I fastened the “treadle board” to the floor and fashioned an extension of sorts that can be pumped from anywhere along the length of the lathe … see a better photo above. Please take note of the NDS2000™ (noise dampening system). Instead of disturbing the neighbors with a constant, WHACK, WHACK, WHACK … the dirty shop towels help produce a low pitched … thump, thump, thump … drowned out by the occasional barking dog or low flying aircraft … patent pending! LOL!
 

 
Well, there she is … not much to look at, but she works for me.
 

 
 
All comments and/or questions welcomed. Thanks for looking!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.





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Willy Cordero

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#1 posted 02-24-2017 01:21 AM

Looks great, thanks for sharing

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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Kelster58

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 02:16 AM

Wow, that is amazing. I wish we lived closer. Many of my students are as fascinated with your woodworking as I am. We enjoy all your posts and would love to visit your shop. I hope you have the opportunity to share your talents in person with young people in your area. Thanks for sharing.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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swirt

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 02:26 AM

Very nice. Thanks for showing all the great photos.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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tyvekboy

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 03:52 AM

Real Woodworking the old fashion way.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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majuvla

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#5 posted 02-24-2017 04:56 AM

I pretty much like to see such old fashioned tools and maschines. Great to hear that it works for so many years.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 02-24-2017 05:54 AM

It is unusual, does what you need it to, and even is good exercise to boot! Great tool and environmentally friendly as another bonus!

Many new things get invented that way too.

I have seen videos of other hand operated lathes too that worked well.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 02-24-2017 03:08 PM

Thanks for all the compliments, guys! I think the old ways of doing things are the best. I have tried to spark interest in this type of woodworking in my neighborhood and all I hear is … “OH MY, how long does that  take?” Oh well …

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 02-24-2017 11:05 PM

This is an outstanding reproduction. You have done a fine job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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PatesWoodshop

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#9 posted 02-24-2017 11:15 PM

Wish I lived in your neighborhood Ron! Anytime I see one of these man powered lathes I am in awe.

One of these days when I get the rest of my shop sorted, I’m going to build one of these.

Great Project. Thank you for sharing!

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools. Do you do woodworking "unplugged"? Buddy me so I can see what you make

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 02-25-2017 12:36 AM



This is an outstanding reproduction. You have done a fine job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks, Charles!


Wish I lived in your neighborhood Ron! Anytime I see one of these man powered lathes I am in awe.

One of these days when I get the rest of my shop sorted, I m going to build one of these.

Great Project. Thank you for sharing!

- Jeremy Pate

Thanks, Jeremy. I hope you do build one, it’s a great deal of fun, but beware it takes practice, and lot’s of Advil® … LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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mafe

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#11 posted 02-25-2017 11:16 AM

Looks wonderful and really like a place one would love to hang out.
Fine work on the lathe and the whole atmosphere.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Gingzillaman

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#12 posted 02-25-2017 02:04 PM

That is a fine looking shop asset you have there! This makes me want to run home to my parents and get my high school wood shop project treadle lathe out of storage and do the final tweaks on it! I enjoy the traditional human powered machines. Keep on inspiring the younger generation to keep this tradition going!

-- Jeremy from Janesville, WI

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Rick M

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#13 posted 02-26-2017 07:16 AM

I thought of building a spring pole lathe once…. Nah, who am I kidding, never! Haha.

Seriously though good work.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Ron Aylor

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#14 posted 02-26-2017 11:31 AM

Thanks, Mads! With the warmer temps and longer days my bride has a hard time pulling me out of this place.
 
 
Thanks, Jeremy! I hope you do get the treadle lathe up and running. It will still be quite different from the spring pole which cuts only on the down stroke!
 
 
Thanks, Rick! Come on now … you know  you want one!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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