Some time ago, I asked all the purchasers of my Treadle Lathe ebook if they would like to show us the lathes they have built. A few responded with pictures and information. This is the first in a series of those responses.
Ty Bailey lives in Ontario Canada. Since I don’t have to physically deliver ebooks, I don’t ask for precise addresses, but my purchasing software does collect IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. Unlike on the TV crime shows IP addresses rarely map to precise street addresses. The IP address for Ty places him somewhere near Kinmount Ontario, just north of that big lake.
While Ty was building his lathe, we had a few email exchanges about the sizes of certain parts. (You’ll recall that I did not publish complete measured plans.) Maybe the most important of those measures is the height of the turning center line. I’ve found that having that line about elbow height works out “just right.”
Ty built a lathe that looks very much like mine, not that it matters much. What really matters is that it works and is useful.
Ty did mention that he had a steel crank made to order that is similar to the one a metal working acquaintance made for me. He also uses an all metal Pittman link, very nicely made. Ty says his flywheel weighs 45 pounds, and the machine operates very smoothly.
Ty sent along a couple of pictures for your enjoyment, and it looks like he keeps his workshop a lot cleaner than mine.
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Here’s hoping Ty makes many wonderful things with his new lathe.
UPDATE: Ty just sent two more pics and the comment that “the kids at the woodworking club” (perhaps associated with the Trinity College School in Port Hope, ON?) are making good use of the lathe. One result was a set of turned legs, and other parts, for a shave horse they built recently. I am particularly encouraged by this, first by seeing the lathe being used, but more interesting in learning the existence of a woodworking club. They are few and far between, and it’s good to know that one is helping people learn woodworking. More pics:
Ty, and all the rest of you, are very welcome to add additional information or discussion with the Comments form below.