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Project by tuoh posted 04-11-2012 06:53 PM 5283 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today on the treadle lathe turned wood.
Two mushrooms from maple, and some boat parts turned from Ash.
Meanwhile, a cabinet leg turned in dry red oak. Dimensions, 2.5 inch x 7inch, running time 15min.

The treadle lathe works great, almost as fast as a motorized lathe.
Thanks to the heavy-duty drive wheel there is plenty power to the main axis.

Most of the turning as done with a flat chisel and a spindle gouge.

Within a few days followed a video that I’ll post here.





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robbiethewood

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 09:56 PM

nice mushrooms are you using wet wood

-- http://robbiethewoodturner.net/

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shipwright

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 10:33 PM

Very nice work. I’ll bet the relative silence is nice too.

What are the boat parts? I don’t know how this will translate but the last photo looks like a rigging block shell or maybe a parrel bead for a gaff rig.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 12:12 AM

Nice work, and probably a good work out too

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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LeroyTheLips

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 05:30 AM

That is a piece of art. I have been wanting a lathe – just got a small Jet and Shopsmith. Looks great. Can it turn bowls?

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Douwe

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#5 posted 04-12-2012 07:57 AM

Thanks for sharing this great lathe. I believe you when you say it works as well as it looks. Since I have had the opportunity to work on a lathe like this in Archeon in Alphen aan de Rijn it is the first item on my Saint Nicolaas wishing list. (Not to receive but to build.) Thanks also for your great blog on ‘hout-en-boten’. If you don’t mind, I like to follow your footsteps.

-- Douwe

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balidoug

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#6 posted 04-12-2012 10:44 AM

great piece of work. I’ve got one of these somewhere way down on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing yours.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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stefang

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#7 posted 04-12-2012 03:03 PM

Your mushrooms look very cleanly cut and nicely done. I have no doubt that you have a really good quality treadle lathe there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 04-12-2012 03:38 PM

Looks like fun

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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tuoh

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#9 posted 04-12-2012 05:36 PM

The boat parts ar for the mainsail, the bands around the mast at a gaff-rigged boat.

The mushrooms are turned from maple, cut down about a year ago.

Please feel free to build a lathe like this.

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RGtools

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 06:03 PM

I have serious lathe envy.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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shipwright

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#11 posted 04-12-2012 07:26 PM

The boat parts ar for the mainsail, the bands around the mast at a gaff-rigged boat.

Thanks, I was right. They are called parrel beads in English. I have them on my boat

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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robbiethewood

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#12 posted 04-12-2012 10:23 PM

hi tuoh’s i made a lathe something like this one its made from beech
you can see it on my you tube channel there is two videos of it there one is me making a spinning top on it i have to say your one is amazing i love it

I put a link to it here i hope you don’t mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb1tGSsX4VI&list=PL92CF7E9965278DCD&index=1&feature=plpp_video

-- http://robbiethewoodturner.net/

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Mark Shymanski

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#13 posted 04-13-2012 12:16 AM

A fascinating tool. How hard do you have to work to keep it turning? Is it like a marathon effort or more of a light jog?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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tuoh

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#14 posted 04-13-2012 06:49 PM

A fascinating tool. How hard do you have to work to keep it turning? Is it like a marathon effort or more of a light jog?

The work is similar to cycling, slightly downhill:-)))

@robbiethewood, very nice lathe, very nice turning.

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Mark Shymanski

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#15 posted 04-13-2012 10:06 PM

Hmmmm, that sounds easy enough. Thank you for the inspiration!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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