In the video below I am using for the first time a 150 years old TREADLE POWERED LATHE to make new wooden handles for old files. Absolutely extraordinary experience and pleasure. So simple but so effective, brilliant. Coming across this old wooden lathe was pure coincidence.
I heard from a friend that the neighbors will demolish an old building, also he pointed out that they have some old wooden tools. I went there and spotted this amazing treadle powered lathe. We pulled it out and piece by piece I installed it in my traditional workshop. It was too heavy and too big to be carried in. I did some minor maintenance, but nothing major. Finally, the day came! Today I am testing it out for the first time ever.
In the video below you can enjoy watching where I am using a 150 years old treadle powered lathe!
About The 150 Years Old Treadle Powered Lathe
The person who sold it to me said that this one was built between 1800 and 1900. Can you imagine that? Despite the broken roof and open to the weather, the lathe stood the test of time. I can’t believe how solid it feels. It is constructed from wood, for the joints I see there are hand forged bolts. The main flywheel is also from wood, quite heavy actually. The only worm part is a belt, but in operating order. It works perfectly after small adjustments and greasing.
The Handles Making Process
I started by punching the center hole on both ends on a wooden piece that I used in this video to make wooden handles.
After securing the wooden piece with the screw, I started stepping on the board to spin the wheel. At first it felt a bit difficult, but adding oil to the end of the wooden piece helped to spin freely.
I spent approximately 60 min to shape the wooden piece into two handles. It felt amazing to operate the treadle powered lathe and make something on it.
To finish the handles I sanded them, made two copper rings and attached the two old files to the handles.
Submerged them in Tung oil and left for a while. Finally, I pulled them out and enjoyed the product that I made with a 150 years old treadle powered lathe. Amazing!
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