Build your own from ash and yellow pine
When Chester Knight of Conroe, Tex., built his wooden treadle lathe, he had several goals in mind. He wanted it to be lightweight and portable, easily knocked down to it’s components. He wanted something pleasing to look at, clean and balanced with subtle curves. But most of all, he wanted a functional, mechanically sound tool capable of producing, on a smaller scale, the same high-quality turned goods as a modern power lathe.