I have a few jobs coming up that require turnings, turnings that are quite a bit bigger than my little compact bungee bench lathe. Some of the turnings are also out of the heavier stuff, so my little compact bungee wouldn’t only need more length, but it would need to be of a much heavier build as well.
At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
It’s an excuse you see, fabricated so I can justify the build of Roubo’s lathe (do you ever do that?).
Just like his bench, Roubo’s lathe is of a rather heavy build. This is critical, as most of what I’ll turn is of the dry stuff, which requires a lot more force than the wet green stuff, that we mostly associate pole lathes with.
A lot of us will have seen Roubo’s scratty drawing of the lathe (which is shown above) and with all of his writing being in old French, I thought this is all I’d have to go off. But… oh no… I got very lucky and stumbled across this, The Christian Tool Cabinet were Bob Jones’ interest in the lathe had led to Don McConnell of Old Street Tool, Inc providing a transcription of the text, which Bob has made effort to translate. That’s about 5000 words, all on that lathe… I’ve read it about ten times, made notes, but still haven’t fully digested it.
If you have time, I urge you to pop over there and have a read, then we can get back to talking about this lathe. Having more minds on this is certainly going to help… Also leave a little thanks, a huge thanks to Bob, Don and Gary, three more names on my pot of tea/pint list.
More to follow.