Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

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Re: Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

Postby NorfolkNige » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:28 pm

Our pole lathe converted for use in our shed. Clamped to metalwork bench one side and held in pattern makers vice in wood bench on the other. The treadle is at the bottom middle and lathe is operated from the far side. It can be used from 'this side' by turning the treadle round the other way.

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Re: Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

Postby jrccaim » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:55 am

NorfolkNige wrote:Our pole lathe converted for use in our shed. Clamped to metalwork bench one side and held in pattern makers vice in wood bench on the other. The treadle is at the bottom middle and lathe is operated from the far side. It can be used from 'this side' by turning the treadle round the other way.


Bravo. A nice arrangement. I quite see how you did it, assuming the diagonal line at left is the bungee. But it disappears out of sight, so I don't quite see how it gets werapped around the workpiece. Is there a lever? Or did you fix a pulley to the ceiling? Or is the diagonal line not really a bungee, but a cord, and the return is somewhere else? Anyway, good job.
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Re: Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

Postby NorfolkNige » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:56 pm

Hi jrcaim. No the diagonal cord you can see would go round the workpiece if there was one on the lathe. It goes up to the bungee, which is the two dark green vertical lines either end of the lathe, and down to the end of the treadle a piece of which can be seen on the floor. The bungee goes over two pulleys hung from the roof trusses and is tired of on either end of the lathe bed.

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Re: Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

Postby jrccaim » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:33 am

Got it. Nice job. (But do I spy a Record power lathe in the background? Maybe you should have covered it up :) :) )
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Re: Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

Postby NorfolkNige » Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:02 pm

Room for both in our lives mate. Doesn't do to be too inflexible :)

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Re: Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

Postby jrccaim » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:27 am

True, oh Nige. And I myself am on record as owning a Peatol, or Taig, lathe. :)
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Re: Pole lathe ad-on to carpenters workbench

Postby Frudd » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:19 pm

I have been wondering if such a thing as a bench top pole lathe was possible. Now I know!
Just as soon as I have a workbench.......
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