Step One: Prepare the Metal Centres
once the material is found, grind the centres.
I like to have one center bent so I fired up the forge to bend the center
Step Two: Placing centres in poppets
Drill hole into poppets.
once the hole has been drilled take a mallet and strike the center until it sits perfect. Then simply check how the center looks and line it up with the other taller poppet and mark where the other need centre needs to be.
Step Three: Tool Rest Assembly
To start take the actual tool rest and mark a line where it sits level
This marks out where the support for the tool rest needs to sit (just below the line). so drill the hole there.
split a piece of wood and hammer into the hole. then place the tool rest on top.
Note: this tool rest alignment is for a left handed turner. for right handed reverse alignment.
Step Four: Treadle, Pole, and Done!!!
The lasts step for the lathe are to source a decent sized pole, some wood for an A-frame, and the treadle. When you have sourced all of this the last thing to do is tweak it all until you are happy with it and test the lathe out. I tested out a piece of sycamore to see how the lathe performed and I am pleased with the results.
If anyone has got any questions or feedback about this project please leave a comment on this blog.