The Slowest Farm Shop #6: Long overdue Spring Pole Lathe Update!

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Blog entry by Will Mego posted 09-26-2010 02:09 AM 1680 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, let’s see…
Since last time I wrote up on this blog, I decided that I’d go BIG for my lathe, that way I could just make different poppets for different options such as spindle turning or bowl turning. So, I bought a fair amount of 4×6 and 6×6 lumber, and created a 6ft high and 6ft wide wooden ‘H’. I then attached some long feet to the ‘H’. I’ll have to find pics later of that construction. The bed can accommodate things up to around 5’1” in length. Thickness depends only on how tall a poppet you make (and of course eventually you’re talking about hundreds of lbs. you’d have to turn with human power)

This week, I’ve whipped up some crude, basic poppets for spindle turning. I cut some bits off of a 2×4 laying around and sandwiched them together, and cut a tapered slot in the lower portion. Then I ground down a couple of 1/2” bolts, and set them in the poppets. I’ve yet to make the spring part, and the foot treadle, but that will come this week. Here’s a shot of the little poppets with a piece of mulberry between centers just to test how smooth it turns (very!)

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#1 posted 09-26-2010 02:33 PM

I use a bow lathe that I built after my Grandfather’s design.

Here’s a guy down the road from me that teaches pole and bow lathe making and using:

Don Weber

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