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Forum topic by grosa posted 09-04-2011 11:41 PM 1002 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2011 11:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor maple lathe turning rustic

This lathe would be great for turning when you have all the time in the world to finish a project.This is back when wood working first started to take off. All lathes started from this. Back then only the rich had custom made furniture and this video shows why. You would have to pay two people to do one turning on a state of the art lathe back then (LOL). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_-K-B3hYQo&feature=related

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 01:28 AM

it’s called a “great wheel lathe”. i’ll be operating one in a couple of weeks.

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 08:21 PM

bent, do you work on that lathe for a living or for your enjoyment?

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 10:01 PM

Roy Underhill had a good story about these lathes he told at Highland Woodworking. I think it was also published in Popular Woodworking. A great tool but not so much fun for the person on the crank.

Not all early lathes have to be run by two people. I had a friend who had a nice 18th century lathe (brass and steel) that used a cast iron flywheel weighing the better part of 100lb. You pump the treadle while you work, once you get the hang of it (roughly similar to rubbing your stomach while patting your head) turning on this machine is a joy. He had the lathe mounted in a trailer and did numerous demonstrations. Sorry, I have no photo of the machine and all internet searches have come up empty.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#4 posted 09-05-2011 10:23 PM

it’s just for one weekend a year during a local historical reenactment. if i ran that thing for a living, i’d be looking for a different job.

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 02:00 AM

I have a hard enough time keeping up with customer requests to get it done early on an electric lathe. I cant imagine doing it on a crank or pedal lathe.

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 02:14 PM

I would imagine the crank would be powered by the apprentice. I would have to say no one went broke paying that poor chap’s salary…

David

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