Build an 1805 Treadle Lathe by Stephen Shepherd Stephen Shepherd is a maker of traditional pattern woodworking tools and a writer on early woodworking technique. His passion for this subject has inspired him to design, build and develop a set of plans for a reproduction 1805 turning lathe, with a small workbench area conveniently built into the lathe bed. While it is easy to dismiss a foot-powered tool as inefficient in the modern age, foot powered lathes give you a wonderful mix of safety, control, and exercise. Turning speeds are lower, but with sharp tools you will turn as fast as with an electric lathe. The speed is infinitely variable and the lathe can even go backwards, which is a help for finishing. Part of the thrill is working on a lathe of your own construction. The Shepherd Treadle Lathe Plans include complete construction plans, a parts list, material requirements and an extensive narrative overview of the project. 8 sheets, 11" by 17" plus 4 pages of instructions. Binding: TPPublisher: Full Chisel Press
Treadle Lathe Build - WoodChux Continuous Motion Treadle Lathe Construction: The continuous action treadle lathe, also known as a flywheel treadle lathe, below is an old design. Although it may appear crude and dated through the eyes of a 21st century woodworker, the continuous motion treadle lathe was a giant leap forward in its day. My introduction to treadle lathes was accidental and apparently, discovered through my research, happens quit the same way for many traditional turners. When I returned home, I spent a great deal of time researching treadle lathes. My design is a collaboration of many designs and ideas. I built this lathe with one goal. While in the designing phase of this lathe, I had several things in mind. Secondly, the lathe, when collapsed, had to be small enough to fit in my micro-sized car. The last major item of concern for me was chucks. Without any further ado: Parts List: The wood used in this project was scavenged from an old pavilion that I built out of pressure treated 2x4’s and 4x4’s. Wheel
Willow Bark Slip Whistle | Tardigrade The Willow Bark Slip Whistle is a nice easy little project requiring only a small knife and a piece of freshly cut willow. The piece of willow should be about thumb width in diameter and about a hand span (150mm) in length (this will be plenty for the whistle and also give you a good length ‘working handle’ to carve with safely). For this example I’m using a piece of Grey Sallow as it is locally abundant in the area, but any willow will work just as well. It works best in the spring or early summer when the sap is rising in the trees. Safety first, note the comfortable sitting position with elbows resting on the knees, and a wooden chopping block for cutting onto. Step 1. Using small diagonal shaving cuts, cut the end of the stick into a whistle mouthpiece shape. Step 2. Make a vertical crosscut through the bark into the wood (make sure you make a good mark in the wood as you will need this later). Next make a slicing cut to meet the first cross cut to form a D shape. Step 3. Step 4.
Miniature wooden watches by Valery Danevich | ESSENCE OF WOODWORK Miniature wooden watches by Valery Danevich Posted By admin on April 20, 2011 Miniature watch-pendant by Valery Danevich These pocket watches are made by Valery Danevich ( Валерий Даневич ) from Kiev, Ukraine. The only non-wood detail in these watches is the spring and they are fully working. Valeri Danevitsch was born on 13th October 1968 in Kiev, Ukraine. Driven by the question of what one could produce from wood, he started experimenting with wooden movements for clocks in 2005. After several trials and errors the first pocket-sized watch was made in 2008. Valery Danevich has said about his work:“ For what I’m doing them, probably for the best! More of his work can be seen here: rezbaderevo.ru The content mostly come from here: watch-wiki.de
Free Woodworking Plans, Furniture Plans - Over 200 Categories Bob Easton » Blog Archive » Treadle Lathe Preserving history at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival A lathe, my dearest, an ole time treadle lathe. Re-enacting at Fort Osage Missouri We looked at some pictures a while. These top two photos are thanks to Jerry who preserves history by working with the Institute for Historic and Educational Arts in Kansas City. It’s still too cold in the shop for epoxy based boat building, and another 5 inches of “global warming” just fell today, I’ve been considering two other woodworking paths. Beautiful old clocks (or replicas), complete with mechanical movements, are things I have built in the past and have considered for the future. So, let’s pursue the alternative, the lathe. Because I like human powered things, hand-tool woodworking and paddle powered boats, for example. To which design or plan? The attractive feature (to me) is that any of the above designs can be made from readily available “Nbr 2″ construction grade SPF (SprucePineFir) lumber. OK.
Online | Skill Set: Tuning Planes and Chisels For our Woodworking Skill Set theme, we asked MAKE contributor Len Cullum to contribute some pieces on understanding basic tools and techniques. Here, he explains how to “tune” new woodworking planes and chisels. — Gareth As mentioned in my previous article, Understanding Basic Woodworking Tools, it’s a rare thing to buy a new plane or chisel and find it sharp and ready to use right out of the box. Even the expensive hand-made ones require some final honing before you can use them. These are the basic steps to setting them up. The Plane: I selected a Stanley No. 60 1/2 low angle block plane because its small size and ease of use. Flatten the Sole: The bottom of the plane or sole is what registers the depth of the blade. What you’ll need: 6 to 8 sheets of wet/dry sandpaper in grits from 100 up to 220. Leave the blade in, but back it out until it’s no longer visible from the bottom. After a minute or two, wipe off the sole and inspect the wear. I primarily use man-made water stones. Chisels
Free Woodworking Software See also: Free online ww software, Free trial ww software Here is an assortment of free woodworking programs than can be downloaded and run directly on your computer. Most of these programs have been around for awhile so you can feel reasonably secure that they are virus and spyware free. AnglesawExcel workbook that calculates the angle of a jeweler's saw blade or scroll saw blade if you are inlaying any material into another. Arc Layout Excel spreadsheet to calculate the path of a circular arc in a work piece given the length of the arc bottom and the rise at its midpoint. BasicsAn order processing and inventory control system for cabinet, furniture, fixture and millwork manufacturing. Board Feet Calculator Quick and simple board feet calculator than can be used to figure out how much lumber to order for your next woodworking project. Board Feet Calculator Excel spreadsheet which calculates board feet given width and length.