The treadle lathe video.

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Here is the long awaited video of a treadle lathe in operation.

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 07:02 PM

That looks beefy. I am sure the amount of work that went into this is not a small amount. Great Job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 07:29 PM

That lathe is so well built that it should last 2 or 3 life times. Very nicely done and well crafted. Is this your design or is a copy of one seen elsewhere?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 09:11 PM

Very nice! I have to admit that I have a hard enough time concentrating on my turning as it is, let alone trying to get my feet into the mix. Perhaps someday. Thanks for sharing your craftsmanship with us.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 09:42 PM


-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 10:20 PM

It seems to work as good as it is beautiful. Thank you for the videos.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 10:24 PM

Great videos. Human power rules! The flywheel gives very smooth power through the whole treadle cycle, and the leather belt wastes very little energy. Beautiful combination of steel and wood.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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David Kirtley

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 11:39 PM

I have enjoyed the build pictures and seeing it work is great. Thanks.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 04-24-2012 12:03 AM

Great for the electric bill and you get exercise too!! Thanks for sharing…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 02:50 AM

Bravo! Wonderful lathe!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 03:53 AM

Very well done! Thank you for posting this extremely interesting project. This is just a notch below building a bench for my shop I think.

-- "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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#11 posted 04-24-2012 06:46 AM

Thanks for posting

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 04-24-2012 11:19 AM

very cool…........

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 04-24-2012 12:47 PM

This is the smoothest running treadle lathe I have ever seen. I especially like the way you are transferring force to the crankshaft.

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

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Jason Watts

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#14 posted 04-24-2012 01:36 PM

Inspiring work. I love the quietness of this machine! I’d be tempted to make this a “family” tool. “Son, come over here and push this up and down…”
Truly fantastic.

-- - In Christ

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#15 posted 04-24-2012 04:29 PM

He Andre ,

Da’s een mooi geheel geworden!!!


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