Woodworkers Treadle Lathe, Wood bodied and Foot Operated
Extended Bedways can turn 26" between centers!
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As my wife and I have been bringing our hand tools to various tool shows to sell we have also been demonstrating my large oak body Treadle Lathe as an "attention getter". I was surprised at how many questions we got about it, especially if we made them for sale. Because of that interest I decided to design a simple wood bodied Treadle Lathe to add to our tool line.
I had a few goals in mind for the new Treadle Lathe. It had to be simple in design and user friendly. We needed the ability to disassemble it and ship via UPS, but it had to be easily and accurately reassembled by the customer. I wanted the Lathe to be both graceful and pleasing to look at but, most of all I wanted a functional, mechanically sound machine capable of producing, on a modest scale, high quality turnings as good as a modern Lathe. I believe I have achieved those goals.
The Lathe occupies a space only 42" Tall, 40" Wide and 24" Deep. The machine is constructed primarily of 1 3/4" thick Poplar and weighs about 95LBS. The Flywheel is 24" in Diameter and made of 1 3/4" Poplar. The Flywheel Hub is a 6" Diameter casting pinned to the 5/8" Diameter Shaft with a spring pin. The Flywheel runs very true with less than 1/8" run out at its very edge-not too bad for a wood bodied machine.
The Head Stock is removable and bolts in place between the bed ways. The Drive Shaft is 5/8" Diameter Drill Rod, the Drive Pulley is made of Maple and fixed to the Drive Shaft with 2 set screws.
The Treadle Lathe is supplied with a custom made Screw Chuck. If you have never used a Screw Chuck before, I think you may be surprised at the ease of set up - you simply pre-drill a small pilot hole in the center of the work piece and screw the chuck to it. For this type of Lathe, friction is always a concern; I feel a Screw Chuck is an ideal work holding solution for Spindle turning.
I fitted the Head Stock with an adjustable Maple Idler Pulley Assembly to take up any eventual wear or stretching in the belt. I have been using the prototype Lathe for a couple of months now and have not had to use the Idler Pulley as yet-the belt runs tight and true.
The Tool Rest is made of Hard Maple to slow down wear. It is a simple design with the height fixed at about 1/8" below center. That height seems to work the best on this Lathe. The Tool Rest is held in place by a wooden screw and nut which tightens everything up to the bed ways.
The Tail Stock is fixed in place with a wedge. The dead center is custom made from 5/8-8 acme threaded rod, has a Bubinga handle and can be locked in place with the Tail Stock Center Friction Locking Screw, also made with a Bubinga handle.
The crank arm is made from Aluminum and is held to the Flywheel Shaft with a set screw. The connection I have used between the crank arm and the Treadle has evolved over the years. I am now using a new version of the pitman rod suggested by one of our Treadle Lathe owners. It consists of 2 ball end joints separated by a threaded rod. This arrangement works very well and reduces friction which is important in a foot powered machine.
The Treadle is made with 3/4" Poplar. An Interesting Design element of the Treadle is the Shelf located behind the Treadle Pivot Rod. Its purpose is to hold a weight which forces the Treadle to return to its start position when your foot is removed. A concrete paving block weighing approximately 15-18LBs, which the buyer can purchase from a home center, will work great.
All the Shafts, except the Idler Pulley Shaft, which does not turn, run in oil impregnated bronze bearings, which are common hardware store items if they ever need replacing.
The Belt is 1" wide, 3ply neoprene, custom fit for these Lathes (in over 15 years on my large Lathe I have never had to replace the belt).
The entire machine can be assembled and disassembled with only a few tools, Adjustable Wrenchs, a 5/32 Hex Key and a #2 Square Drive Screwdrive (not included but available at any hardware store).
To keep the price as reasonable as possible I have only rough sanded up to 120 grit and no finish is applied. The purchaser will be responsible for final sanding and finishing in any way they see fit.
The Treadle Lathe pictured and described here is ready to ship now. I will only be building one Lathe for sale at a time; lead time will be approximately 3-6 weeks between available machines.
If you have any questions or would like to "Test Drive" the Treadle Lathe in my shop, please email us.
I have also posted some Questions and Answers about the Lathe In the "Frequently asked Questions" page in my store.
We have also included a photo of the prototype Lathe finished to give you an idea of the possibilities.
The Lathe will ship in 3 boxes SHIPPING WILL BE FREE via UPS Only to the 48 continental United States.
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IF YOU’RE A LOCAL BUYER CONSIDER PICKING UP THE ITEM INSTEAD OF HAVING US SHIP IT AND WE WILL GIVE YOU A DISCOUNT FOR JUST SAVING US ON PACKING IT UP AND SHIPPING.
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