In October of 2017, I experimented with a bow lathe but had less-than-spectacular results. (Read: it sucked!) For a long time I've been thinking about how I might build a small, bench top, foot-powered lathe, since I don't have space for a free-standing one. After scouring the 'net I found something on Lumberjocks that made sense for my bench and space. It seems to be working well and is small enough that I can put it away easily. And it's made mostly from recycled wood and scraps.
|My bungee lathe|
|The end over the garage door.|
The red bungee is routed over the cross member of the wood storage rack
to keep it away from the plastic parts of the garage door opener track.
|At the other end, the white bungee is attached to the frame holding the opener motor|
|The first treadle, hinged with a 1/4" dowel pin|
|The stick holding the treadle in place didn't work very well|
|Treadle hinged to plywood|
|The small piece of plywood is attached to the base plywood with two 3" door hinges|
|Top view of the rope guide|
The tail stock is made from glued-up redwood boards and its long bottom tenon is sized to fit snugly between the two bed rails.
|Lower tenon of tail stock with mortise for wedge to lock in place|
|Tail stock with wedge in place|
|The tool rest|
|... and from below|
|The head of the bolt is captured in a wider slot so it can't spin|
|The "nut" drilled and tapped to accept the bolt|
|Stopped the tool rest from moving|
|Some gentle shaping and some beads|
|Tried turning this piece of 2x?, but the the end pilot hole enlarged and moved|
For anybody who is interested, next time I'll post some specifics about the construction of the lathe.