TREADLE LATHEStill turning after all these years.
SHOP OWNER: Stephen Shepherd
LOCATION: Park City, UT
This is a treadle lathe I restored in 1978. It has oak uprights, poplar ways, hickory and poplar wheel and ahickory treadle. There are various forged iron parts--the crank, mandrel, two iron tool rests (one 12" and one 24")--along with a leather belt and split lead bearings. It weighed 400 pounds after 150 years.
The lathe had been in a large working barn. Early one morning, a chicken walked into the wheel, which immediately sucked it in and shot it to the wall on the other side of the barn--feathers everywhere. The chicken died instantly.
I am sure that if you got your leg between the ways and the treadle it would snap it like a twig. Other than that, the lathe was very forgiving. The belt would jump if the work jammed.. . . Stephen Shepherd
Visit Stephen's website at www.ilovewood.com.
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