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Treadle Wood Lathe




This is a treadle powered wood lathe that I built. It draws a lot of attention at the craft shows that we do. It works quite well and I’ve been told that the speed is equivalent to a modern lathe. I built it from pipe-fittings, hardware store lumber and some pillow block bearings. There was some minor modifications that I made to it after putting a few hours on it. I think most of the kinks are out now.


     I’m just an amateur at turning, but I do have a lot of fun with it. Some of my lathe tools are homemade from old files. They seem to cut pretty well and hold a good edge. So far I’ve only done spindle turning on it but started a bowl recently from a piece of persimmon a fellow gave me.


    If you are interested, let me know. I will publish more information so that you can build your own. August 2006


The Lathe in Action
This is a spoon that I turned



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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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