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Re: Pole Lathe

Postby adrapper » Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:50 pm

Hi all,

I now have most of my Pole Lathe finished... well at least well started... still some cleaning up pencil lines etc to go.

I thought I would give you all an update.

I have a two bed easy dismantle pole lathe that is a combination of several lathes that each had a bit I liked and other elements that I did not.

It is a fully wood only lathe, except for the... ummm... metal bits in the poppets and a nut and bolt in the tredal as a pivot point... oh and the bungee and cord.

The arms for the bungee can be left off if is it being used with a pole, but gives the convenience of inside or compact floor area use.

I still have not finalized my design for the tool rest. Most people seem to have it at about the same hight as the poppet centers but I have not decided how to make it adjustable for turning small items and largeish bowls.

I have made it around seven foot long so it can do chair legs etc, but think maybe a smaller one would have been a better starter lathe.

I made it from beach.... I was hoping to use oak, but I could not afford that at this time.

Some of the beach was VERY hard to work, and I might have been better with soft wood as a starter.

Images attached.

Lathe dismantled

Andrew Drapppers Lathe 02.jpeg
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Lathe five minutes later

Andrew Drappers Lathe 01.jpg
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Re: Pole Lathe

Postby SeanHellman » Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:58 pm

Great lathe,I like the way you have done the bed with tenons into the leg post and the wedge holding in the bungee posts.
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Re: Pole Lathe

Postby adrapper » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:13 am

Thanks Sean,

Yesy the long tenons seam to work well. quite stable when being out up too as there is a lot of movement before a leg comes out. The only thing that it has meant is that if I am not using the bungee posts I need two little fake bungee posts to keep the joint tight, (or bigger wedges), and that is more to lose. I am thinking of tying each bit, wedge etc to its main part with a short string so nothing can get lost, but that might be a little messy. alternatively I could use a nice bag for all the little bits.

Have a great day.
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Re: Pole Lathe

Postby jrccaim » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:32 am

Original question: two beds or one? I suppose that by "bed" the originator meant "rails." Also known as "ways." Well, the criterion is rigidity. Single bed with a slot is just as good as two -- if the single bed is thick enough in relation to it's length. Since I found that cuting a slot is a royal pain in the, erm, gluteus maximus, I have opted for double ways and made the poppets to fit. Brilliant idea to cut slot with chainsaw, but be warned, this is a plunge cut and quite dangerous. See the many chainsaw posts on this board.

Sorry for the long absence from bodgers. Been difficult. More later.
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