Build a Treadle Wood Lathe From Scratch
These plans are for making a homemade floor mounted wood lathe.
Self-contained unit has four-speed
V-belt drive, rigid iron bed, and a
With this lathe you can swing a disk
12 in. in diameter on the headstock
or turn down a full-length table
leg between centers. The headstock
spindle is supported
on auto connecting rods, bolted to
a short length of channel which
forms the base and is bolted to the
A hardwood spacer between
the rods holds the whole thing
rigid. The 1/2-in. spindle runs in
Ford spindle-bolt bushings which
are pressed into the upper ends of
the connecting rods and then
reamed to give the spindle a freerunning
fit. The spindle also carries
two ball thrust bearings, one
on each side of a four-step V-pulley.
A 1/4 horsepower eletric motor turning around 1750 RPM should be sufficient for the project.
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