Epic Foot Powered (Treadle) Lathe

Below is a great video of a guy building a foot powered woodworking lathe which uses a flywheeel to maintain rotational force.

Personally, I would rethink the treadle construction and maybe use some bearings to give some longevity, but it’s just so awesome all the same!

I built a pole lathe years ago, which was connected to my lightweight shed to pull the pole back up after the down stroke from the treadle. This caused the whole shed to shake in unison with the lathe so that everyone knew when I was turning wood ;).

It looked something like this.

The idea behind a pole lathe is to use a treadle (and your foot) to push down causing the work piece to turn .

A rope is attached to the treadle at one end and a bendy pole or sapling at the other.

The rope is looped over the work piece to make it turn on the down stroke, which also tensions (bends) the pole or sapling.

During the down stroke you use your chisel to remove material from the work piece.

You take away the chisel from the work piece on the upstroke, which is provided by the pole returning to its untensioned (unbent) position.

A pole lathe works surprisingly well and can be made very cheaply.


A lovely curvy cutting board.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the simplest lines can produce the most graceful results.

Below is a link to a video of the process Scott Lewis uses to transform a simple rectangular cutting board into a beautiful, elegantly designed and functional accessory for any kitchen.

The Coolest Cutting Board Ever? – Fine Woodworking Video.


It appeals to me.

Photographs of Australian Man Caves

I’ve got a man cave, but it’s full of building materials at the moment because I’m building an extension to our house.

When it’s eventually cleared out, I plan to install into one corner, a couch and some form of  heater so I can spend nights with my kids and my cycling mates watching the Tour de France in man-cave luxury!

Photographs of Australian Man Caves | Feature Shoot.

Beautiful Shaker-style Workbench

This is an exquisite piece of work.

If it was mine I wouldn’t want to actually do any work on it for fear of damaging it, especially since it took the maker a year to finish it.

Leg vise, tail vise, board jack, under bench storage drawers and cupboards, everything you need from a great woodwork bench!

Shaker-style Workbench – Fine Woodworking Photo Gallery.

Shaker-style Workbench - Fine Woodworking Photo Gallery