|Project by Ron Aylor||posted 02-24-2017 12:20 AM||1068 views||10 times favorited||14 comments|
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.