If youre going to turn wood on the springpole lathe you might as well have the best. I adapted this plan in a 17th century german technical encyclopedia.
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Even still there are several examples of historical shops with permanently installed spring pole lathes.
Roy underhill spring pole lathe plans. By roy underhill pages 22 29. Wood turning on a spring pole lathe is all about reciprocation all about back and forth. The spring pole lathe is the second post down from his roubo workbench post.
I am definitely a beginner but it is possible to turn out a half way decent spindle with less than an hour experience. The beauty of this lathe lies in the in line design and the double adjustable spring poles. Spring pole lathe the design for this lathe is inspired by an old german design published by roy underhill in episode 5 of season 24 of the woodwrights shop.
I have to date about 45 minutes experience now. We built the 17th century german design rediscovered by roy underhill. Above is the sketchup model for roy underhills double spring pole lathe from the cover of the august 2016 issue of popular woodworking magazine.
Make the german spring pole lathe w roy underhill. Finally got around to making the spring pole lathe from roy underhills article in popular woodworking. Its made from douglas fir construction lumber which was awful to work with to roys specifications exactly.
Can a portable foot powered lathe make a believer out of you. Roy underhills version of a german spring pole lathe is a design that is hard to beat. Make the german spring pole lathe w roy.
He blogged twice today. Well eden and i finished the pole lathe. While i am following his published design closely i am going to use some modern machining to make the conical points run much more smoothly and with considerably less friction.
He describes his lathe as a heavy duty version of roy underhills german style lathe i dont know though your lathe build looks like it will be even more heavy duty than his. The only thing i did differently from his recommendations was that i attempted. I am pretty excited to be able to begin turning.
For me the combination of simple to build and portability is hard to ignore. So maybe personal preference has always played a part.
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