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Nothing overly complicated just a simple way to create a modern take on the medieval pole lathe.
This instructable dosent involve a lot of wood work capabilities and it can be achieved in under an hour.
 The pole lathe was a medieval invention in order to make things perfectly cylindrical. Instead of using an electric motor they used a length of spruce from a nearby forest. We will not be using spruce instead we will be using bungee cord. This will achieve the same effect but won’t take up as much space.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Materials needed;
Length of 40mm by 40mm pine (at least a metre long)
6 meters of 6mm nylon rope
2 G clamps
Length of hard wood (does not matter what size as long as it is longer than the wood you are going to turn and it can fit in the g clamp with pine)
Metal spacers
Bungee cord
Window screws with no thread at the end
Gate hinge (optional but makes life easier)
Tent pegs
Piece of old wood I used a floor board
Wood screws
Work mate bench

Tools needed;
Screw Driver
Drill bit
Tenon Saw
rubber mallet
claw hammer
spirit level

Step 2: Let's Start Making

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We are starting by making the spindle. 
Start off with the pine. Cut them in to two equal lengths of the same size. Drill a hole in the wood for the window screw to go in. repeat this with the othere half but make sure that when you put them in the work mate they line up.(but make sure the drill is smaller than the screw because we want it to be tight) Screw the window screws in to the pieces of wood. This is going to be the main part of the lathe.
SIRJAMES093 years ago
to keep the bungee cord from coming off the hooks, can you not use eyes instead on the roof or even somewhere inside the barn?
hardj009 (author)  SIRJAMES093 years ago
Yes that would also work it would probably be safer as the bungee cord could not fly out of the hooks as easily but I only had hooks at the time. I have thought about putting it inside but decided that the angle could prove difficult as we have uneven ground in front. thankyou for veiwing aswell
well regardless, I still love this instructable. :)

You have given me ideas for having my first lathe. *does a happy dance* :)

TY Sir for sharing.
flamesami3 years ago
brilliant, just brilliant! I've been looking for a simpler way to do this, just to see if I can be a**ed to make a proper one with the whole timber frame, etc.
You had me right up to the video! I've been wanting something just like this, so thanks for the instructions. Video aside, how has this been working for you?
rimar20003 years ago
Very interesting, thanks for sharing.