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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 09-17-2015 12:14 AM 2094 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2015 12:14 AM

Somebody sent me this link. Pretty interesting. Now if I could only find somebody crazy enough to talk them into pedaling while I turn a bowl !
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http://blog.sketchup.com/sketchupdate/pedal-powered-lathe-sketchup?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRons6jIZKXonjHpfsX86e4tW6C%2FlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ATcRhI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFTLTAMaNv0LgOXxA%3D

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#1 posted 09-17-2015 12:28 AM

Joe,
I could see this happening in India. I spent some time in country there and I saw some things they did that would certainly rival this. BTW, I am not gonna pedal while you turn.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 09-17-2015 12:31 AM

HaHa. That was my first thought too Bob. “I sure as hell aint gonna pedal that thing!”

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#3 posted 09-17-2015 01:02 AM

Pretty neat, Joe. The key to getting a human to power the machine is to get someone who is training for a long bicycle ride and convince them that this machine is just a training bicycle. Not sure how you’ll explain the bowl turning, though.

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 01:13 AM

The one I saw Roy
Underhill pedaling looked
practical, but this, idk

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#5 posted 09-17-2015 01:56 AM

They could use those in the yuppie gyms. No use wasting all that energy they expend in there doing nothing ;-)

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#6 posted 09-17-2015 02:29 AM

If your wife ever says quit goofing off in the shop and go do some exercise, you would be all set. Lol.

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#7 posted 09-17-2015 02:38 AM

Joe, I think you’re going to love this


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#8 posted 09-17-2015 02:45 AM

I’d rather pedal the bike all day. Wow!

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#9 posted 09-17-2015 03:36 AM

Professor, you need to find a Gilligan

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#10 posted 09-17-2015 04:07 AM

I always wonder when we need toes for? Now I know ;-)

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#11 posted 09-17-2015 05:33 AM

I’m a little more partial to Don Weber's bicycle lathe
Surprisingly I haven’t heard of anyone building one. If I were going to make a foot powered lathe it’d definitely be Weber’s over a spring pole or treadle.

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#12 posted 09-17-2015 05:48 AM



I m a little more partial to Don Weber s bicycle lathe
Surprisingly I haven t heard of anyone building one. If I were going to make a foot powered lathe it d definitely be Weber s over a spring pole or treadle.

- Rick M.

How does that work? A bicycle sprocket with a ratchet keeping it going one way all the time?

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#13 posted 09-17-2015 12:32 PM

Joe, chimpanzee’s are pretty strong. If you made a friend of one and kept a lot of banana’s on hand and gave him a good home in your shop it might serve as one answer. Who knows, you might find lots of other useful things for him to do in the shop as well. ;-|

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#14 posted 09-17-2015 04:43 PM

In Roy’s shop there is a Barnes pedal powered lathe I got to try out… it is a bit weird to “remember” to keep pedaling while you try to turn a bead… the inertia will keep you pedaling, but it was weird because you pedal “backwards” for the right spin.

he brought it to Marc Adams School when he taught a class on making a spring pole lathe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXpn2ibxm88

He has a foot powered tablesaw as well The video is 2 1/2 minutes.

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#15 posted 09-23-2015 04:09 PM

Hey that’s pretty cool. Your grandkids can peddle while you make em somethin… lol

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