Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Underhill Pole Lathe Complete!



Well, Eden and I finished the pole lathe. I am pretty excited to be able to begin turning. I have to date about 45 minutes experience now. I am definitely a beginner but it is possible to turn out a half way decent spindle with less than an hour experience. We built the 17th century German design rediscovered by Roy Underhill. I have tweaked and fiddled for quite a while trying to get maximum performance out of it. Having no prior experience at a lathe before, I confess that I am not totally sure what I can expect to get out of it. It works well... it's more efficient than I thought it would be.



Below is a video I haphazardly shot yesterday. I show the design features and then demonstrate (ie. learn) turning a spindle. If you have done turning before this video is not for you! (Honestly, the video was put together as a request from my out-of-state family who wanted to see it.) Any tips, advice, critiques are appreciated! After all, I don't really even know what I am doing here!

















Now I have a birthday gift that requires turning due in a few weeks so I better get practicing!

5 comments:

  1. Great job on the lathe Joshua! I can't wait to get mine done and try my hand at turning. I'll be THRILLED if my first effort comes out anywhere near good as yours.

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  2. Thanks, Jamie! I'm watching your blog, bro. Can't wait to see your work. We'll have to share tips as we learn at the same time.

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  3. Hi! Do you have plans for this lathe? even rough ones? Or did you make it by eyeballing the picture? What size wood did you use?

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  4. I made it from the plans in Underhill's Working Wood with Wedge and Edge. There is a chapter in there all about it. It's all 2x lumber. Thanks for your interest!

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