Ideas for a small space take down bungee lathe

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Forum topic by Woodenfarmer posted 01-16-2017 01:55 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2017 01:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pole lathe bungee lathe no power tools traditional chisel handles tool restoration lathe turning

Hi everyone i beed a lathe to make tool handles such as xhisels and helper handles on old logging saws but i dont have room for a permanant lather and im not to safe with anything that spins fast i own a lot of hand tools like braces rip saws and am toying with the idea of a bungee powered lathe but heres a list of problems i need to solve and was wondering if any of you guys had any experince in this sector. So here goes
It needs to be small abd able to take down fkat i only have a 5ft by 10 ft space
I dont like the idea of the cord being on the work peice
I wouldnt like to have a massive foot plate
And i need as many rotations as possible to get a good finish.
Im not looking at doing bowls or anything like that as i said just tool handkes but it needs to be powerfull enough to be able to turn some pretty hard exotic woods
Thanks guys
Also this will be made from roofing timber off cuts i can get 2 by4 up to 2by 6

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#1 posted 01-16-2017 07:38 PM

Roy Underhill among others have built spring pole or bungee lathes for traveling and I assume they break down. Probably use tusk tenon construction.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 01-16-2017 07:40 PM

Thanks il take a look

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#3 posted 01-16-2017 07:44 PM

Have you seen this blog post by Richard Maguire. Very simple to build lathe out of construction lumber. There is a link at the bottom of the article that takes you to the plans.

I built one of these over a year ago and used it for a few projects before getting a powered lathe late last year. Didn’t take long to build at all and worked just fine. I don’t know how you are going to avoid having the cord on the workpiece. The simple solution is to make the blank several inches longer than the final product so there is a place for the cord to run.

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