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Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby caverdude » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:10 pm

I have not seen info on foot powered band-saws but I bet they can be done the same way you make a foot powered wood lathe. There are plenty of videos on youtube about foot powered lathes. I intend to build one some day. Apparently modern ones are built using bungee straps.
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby Brancelot » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:55 pm

That seems like it'd take an awfully high gear ratio to turn. Something like a lathe I can understand working due to the pivot point, but a band saw has such a longer point of leverage (diameter of the wheels inside the saw) that just a little force against the wood might be able to stop the blade's rotation. Unless of course you weight the wheel somehow momentum can be carried on through the piece being cut.
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Postby caverdude » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:30 pm

Brancelot wrote:That seems like it'd take an awfully high gear ratio to turn. Something like a lathe I can understand working due to the pivot point, but a band saw has such a longer point of leverage (diameter of the wheels inside the saw) that just a little force against the wood might be able to stop the blade's rotation. Unless of course you weight the wheel somehow momentum can be carried on through the piece being cut.


Think the band saw moved like a jig saw in motion, up and down. But I'm not sure..
I think the lathe spins one way then back, not sure about that either.
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby Silas Longshot » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:56 pm

Like you said, there's plans out there for foot lathes. http://www.manytracks.com/lathe/lathe.pdf
Foot power bandsaw from 1876 catalog illustration http://treadleit.info/Foot%20Power%20Bandsaw might give you an idea on a DIY version.
Various pedal powered ideas http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/05/ ... ories.html
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby Steve » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:08 pm

I have one of these in my Mother's basement. It was my Dad's that he bought to use at craft shows, but never used. The jigsaw mounts on the lathe bed and uses the same flywheel to operate in a reciprocating manner.

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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby woodlandmonk » Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:34 pm

Here is a great video of a lathe that seems to show how the mechanics work. I think I cold make a pretty good fly wheel from an old bike wheel with some concrete cast inside the rim. Scrap metal and scrap wood could be used to make the rest too. I might have to try this...

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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby distributedliving » Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:51 pm

Thanks for the great links Silas!
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby Alaska Rose » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:44 pm

PBS used to have a program, Yankee Workshop, I think it was, that had only hand powered tools in it. He made everything you can imagine. I have a foot pedal powered potters wheel, not a kick wheel, but a pedal, more like a treadle and it has a very large open weighted wheel the treadle works, I wonder if I can use it to power other items? I also have a treadle shoemakers machine and a shuttle bobbin type treadle sewing machine. I would think most could be turned into other tools.
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby distributedliving » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:31 pm

Alaska Rose wrote:PBS used to have a program, Yankee Workshop, I think it was, that had only hand powered tools in it. He made everything you can imagine. I have a foot pedal powered potters wheel, not a kick wheel, but a pedal, more like a treadle and it has a very large open weighted wheel the treadle works, I wonder if I can use it to power other items? I also have a treadle shoemakers machine and a shuttle bobbin type treadle sewing machine. I would think most could be turned into other tools.

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Your thinking of the Woodwrights Shop, with Roy Underhill. Its not on here anymore, but they still make them. Here is a link to the show. http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/ Check out the site, you can download episodes for free, not all of them unfortunately.
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby Alaska Rose » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:52 pm

Thanks Gary. I haven't had TV for about 12 years, things finally changed a bit, lol. There were a lot of interesting items on his show.
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby distributedliving » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:13 am

Alaska Rose wrote:Thanks Gary. I haven't had TV for about 12 years, things finally changed a bit, lol. There were a lot of interesting items on his show.


Thank you for reminding me about that show, it was great. I'm going to download a few of them tonight.
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Re: Foot powered wood lathe and wood working band saws

Postby pelenaka » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:38 am

Hubby has a Delta American Boy Scroll Saw that you crank. He's had it in almost every yard sale we've had but no takers.
Always reminds me of a small sewing machine I had as a girl that I cranked.
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