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Treadle Wood Lathe
An example of a woodworking lathe driven by a treadle, that is by foot power.

a treadle lathe

This old woodworking lathe is just about as simple as it gets. Made by a carpenter with some help from a blacksmith. It has the basic requirements, a headstock, a move able tail stock and a tool rest.

The power is provided by a treadle. A device that was used in hundreds of thousands of sewing machines.

The thing that makes a treadle possible on a machine like a lathe is the large flywheel. It would take a fair amount of effort to get that large wheel spinning, but then little to maintain the speed.

Have a look at another treadle operated lathe, this one a sophisticated metalworking screw cutting lathe.

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