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Pole lathe plans by Mike Gordon - Guidance Notes

Guidance Notes

Item

Component

Notes

Pole-lathe legs

Long leg

Before assembly remove sharp edges and corners for safer handling. Nuts and bolts can be tightened  to the point of offering resistance when “opening” the legs for setting up. The coach bolt heads should face outside for appearance, and easier identification  when setting up.

Pole-lathe legs

Short leg

Pole-lathe legs

Vertical

Pole-lathe legs

Coach bolt

and lock nuts

If coach bolts are not available hex head bolts could be used instead. Hex head bolts for pivot points could be recessed into a counter bore.

Pole-lathe legs

Coach bolt

and lock nuts

Pole-lathe legs

Coach bolt

and lock nuts

Pole-lathe legs

Coach bolt

Pole-lathe legs

Clips

 R-clip, also known as an R-pin, R-key, hairpin cotter pin, hairpin cotter, bridge pin, hitch pin or spring cotter pin.

Pole-lathe legs

Washers

Large washers spread the load better.

Pole-lathe bed

Twin bed

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Pole-lathe poppets

Poppets

The counter boring enables the “threaded supports” to finish flush with the poppet face. When assembling the adjustable centre, tightly screw the inner support in place. Attach the outer support to the centre and wind the centre through the poppet into the inner support. Seat the outer support in the counter bore to the point where it “jams” the centre. Ease back to release the “jam” then firmly screw the outer support in place.

For easy alignment of centres, assemble left hand (fixed centre) poppet first. With fixed centre fitted and both poppets located and with right hand (adjustable centre) poppet wedged on assembled lathe slide the left poppet up to right poppet and mark centre height. Use this mark for drilling. Remove sharp edges and corners.

Pole-lathe poppets

for type “A”.

Toolrest support

Attach to poppets with three wood screws. Remove sharp edges and corners.

Pole-lathe poppets

type “A” and “B”

Toolrest support

 

Attach to poppets with two wood screws.

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Pole-lathe poppets

Securing wedge

Radius the bottom edge to suit diameter of hole used to create slot. Remove sharp edges and corners.

Pole-lathe poppets

for type “A”

Toolrest

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Ideally top of toolrest should be slightly lower than centre height when assembled.

Pole-lathe poppets

for type”B”

Toolrest

Pole-lathe poppets

Adjustable centre

Drill hole through toolrest adjuster relevant to split pin size.

Soft solder, braze or weld joined components.

Two lock nuts can be used as alternative where appropriate.

Pole-lathe poppets

Toolrest adjuster (main)

Pole-lathe poppets

Toolrest adjuster

Soft solder, braze or weld joined components.

Two lock nuts can be used as alternative where appropriate.

Pole-lathe poppets

Fixed centre

Pole-lathe poppets

Threaded supports

 

Pole-lathe poppets

Cranks

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Pole-lathe poppets

Crank handles

Wooden handles can be fitted over metal components.

Pole-lathe poppets

Adjustable centre, lock lever

Remove sharp edges and corners. The slight bend enables the lever to clear the poppet.

Pole-lathe treadle

Swinging arm

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Pole-lathe treadle

Angled treadle arms

Remove sharp edges and corners. Two wood screws per corner. Nails could substitute.

 

Pole-lathe treadle

Treadle frame

Pole-lathe treadle

Treadle end piece

Pole-lathe treadle

Treadle board

Small, thin “pad” feet underneath each corner enable a slight springiness for the board.

Pole-lathe treadle

Swinging arm pivot

 

Pole-lathe treadle

Hinges

For easy dismantling and transport use “loose pin” hinges. Otherwise treadle and board transported and stored as one unit.

Pole-lathe treadle

Hinge reinforcing fixing

Any suitable wood and dimensions for improved hinge fixing. Attach with appropriate wood screws/nails (size and number) or adhesive.

Pole-lathe

Wood screws, various sizes as required.

 

Shaving horse

Seat

Remove sharp edges and corners. Slightly shorter length will also work, but longer is better than short.

Shaving horse

Swinging arm sides

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Shaving horse

Swinging arm

foot bar

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Shaving horse

Swinging arm

gripping bar

Remove sharp edges and corners. Superior grip can be achieved by screwing a short toothed metal plate at point of contact with workpiece.

Shaving horse

Swinging arm adjuster blocks

Remove sharp edges and corners.

Shaving horse

Work support board

Remove sharp edges and corners. Any suitable and available timber is appropriate, preferably softer rather than harder.

Shaving horse

Adjuster pivots

A pair of hex head bolts or similar also suitable.

Shaving horse

Support board fixing

A lock nut is most simple, but a drilled and tapped 50mm long piece of steel is easier to use for adjustment.

Shaving horse

Support board height adjuster

Remove sharp edges and corners. Any suitable and available timber is appropriate.

Shaving horse

Legs

Remove sharp edges and corners. Green timber in the round, split in half and then shaped for the tenon is appropriate.

Shaving horse

Draw-knife support

Any suitable lengths of dowelling.

Shaving horse

Wood screws, various sizes as required.