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by Steve Schmeck



NEW EBOOK EDITION
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NEW! Only $2.99

Buy it now at:
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Thanks to all of you who have downloaded the original edition of my lathe book and sent in donations and photos of the lathes you've made using the book. Thanks, also to those of you who have recently purchased the new eBook edition!


I am excited to announce the release (finally) of the expanded and updated eBook edition of Make Your Own Treadle Lathe. It is now available formatted for reading on your iPad, Kindle, Android device or other eBook reader.

You can also download and then read it on your PC or Mac computer using either the free Kindle Reader application or Adobe Acrobat Reader. I know that many of you have been waiting for this new edition and apologize for how long it has taken to get it done. Thanks for your patience.

The price for this new expanded and updated eBook edition is $2.99.

I have added more photos and illustrations as well as clarified many of the building procedures. I hope you enjoy the book!

If you do enjoy reading it I hope that you will leave a review at your favorite eBook retailer. Thanks!


I have a couple of related projects in the works. In this book I mentioned that an early use for my lathe was to make wooden flutes. I'm writing an article on that process; from wood selection and layout, to playing the flute. The article will be available right here when it's done as a 'thank you' for purchasing my lathe book.

The other project I'm working on and hope to get done before spring officially arrives here in Northern Michigan is the print (paperback) edition of the book. I'm currently struggling with the decision of whether to make it black and white or in full color as is the eBook edition. I like the look of the book better in color but printing cost of color is about 50% higher. The approximate projected price: B&W $7.49, Color $10.99. If you have a minute would you like to let me know your preference? I'm listening.

Click here to send me a quick note.

Thanks!

Steve




Book Description

“Make Your Own Treadle Lathe” is a practical, step by step guide to building a foot-powered lathe for light duty wood turning. You can build your own treadle lathe by following the well illustrated steps presented in this compact book. 

The book covers: 
- Materials & components 
- Frame and headstock 
- Belt and tensioner 
- Tailstock 
- Tool rest 
- Flywheel 
- Using the lathe 

The author also provides information on some non-turning uses for the lathe and sources for, and some shop-made alternatives to, the parts you may not have. All of the wood needed to build your lathe can be found at the local lumber yard or home center. Use ‘Make Your Own Treadle Lathe’ to make a near-duplicate of the author’s lathe or as inspiration to build the unique human-powered lathe of your dreams. 
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From the Introduction… 
Why this book exists: 
During the twenty years or so since I built this foot-powered treadle lathe, I have received many requests for drawings or plans. The lathe has been used as part of our traditional woodworking demonstrations and it never fails to draw a crowd. Of course, the reason the lathe exists is because I felt a need for it as a tool. 
Design considerations: 
Some of the main considerations when designing the lathe were: 
• Human powered – our solar energy system was pretty small at the time 
• Size – it had to be less than 42" tall to fit into our old truck 
• Compact – since it would sit in our small shop most of the time, a small footprint was essential 
• Portable – as in not too cumbersome or heavy 
• Functional – it had to perform the basic duties of a light-duty lathe 
• Adaptable – I had in mind several non-traditional uses for the tool, such as sanding 
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Many unique and usable lathes have been built using earlier editions of this book. This book provides you with the instructions, photos and illustrations, and inspiration to build your own treadle lathe! 

 

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