Ingenious foot-powered lathe
Have you ever thought about building your own treadle-powered lathe using an assortment of castoff machine parts, only some of which come from a lathe? Or about using knockdown joinery to construct an extremely sturdy, integral base for it?
But a video blogger with the YouTube handle Chop With Chris did think about it, and – as his video makes clear – he thought very carefully. Click play and you’ll see a fast-motion document of his work – an inspiring mix of machine engineering, woodworking skill and old-world technology. The only power tool in use was the camera.
The clip is long on show and short on tell, and that’s just fine. The photography is smart and detailed enough to carry the message. Enjoy!
The drive mechanism for this foot powered lathe uses old sewing machine parts and a flywheel from a corn auger.