|Project by swirt||posted 08-25-2010 09:06 PM||5269 views||20 times favorited||24 comments|
I finally got around to building this quick and easy bungee lathe. I’ve had this idea kicking around in my head for a while based loosely off of others I’ve seen on the web. My take on it is a lot simpler and has almost no footprint when it is not being used (looks like 3 2×4 scraps leaning in a corner).
The cost of the parts is under $10 if you don’t include the 4 F-clamps and the 2 and a half pipe clamps. It’s length is limited only by the length of your bench or your pipe clamps. It works pretty well, and doesn’t make you as tired you might think. After a bad first start, I was able to turn a 2×2 piece of scrap into a curvy drumstick with a firmer chisel. The proof of concept passed, and now I need to get a couple of “proper” lathe tools. I guess I’m hooked. Turning is a bit of fun and with this version I don’t have to make sure shirt is tucked and my sleeves rolled up. It is pretty safe. I even had my 2 yr old shaping a piece of wood with a rasp while I pumped the treadle. He had a blast.
Full details and a lot more photos and diagrams of my Bungee Cord Lathe appear here.
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com