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Just ran across this. Couldn't figure the best place to post it, so it wound up here. Pretty neat, and could be especially handy if you're working somewhere with no power, like a cabin in the middle of Alaska.
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Interesting. I agree, it would have a place under the right circumstances.

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Interesting find. There are many places in the world where this would be useful. And I can see using similar methods to make a bicycle powered rotating tool would be very practical. Lots of places have no or unreliable power. I wonder if adding weight to the disk would smooth out the action. I can see a father and son somewhere making a living with this kind of human powered tool.

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I remember reading an article in one of the Woodworking Magazines a while back about using the coaster hub from a bike as a means for driving a lathe in countries without power. This isn't the article, but kind of describes what they were doing

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For a lathe, you'd want something along the lines of a great wheel lathe. Then either have someone turning it, or treadle power.
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If you're going to be totally off-grid for awhile, or just too cheap to buy tools, there are a lot of old style non-electric 'power' tools you can make, and will work. Me, I've got some old hand-powered tools I got at very low prices - I could have made the equivalent, but really like old tools that still work, and I can get for low prices. I've got a very, very, nice Craftsman miter saw, that has been used very little, and is in fantastic condition. I don't collect tools for viewing tho, if I can't use it, I get rid of it. Got a nice hand grinder, 2 or 3 eggbeater drills, and a few more things. I do like their looks, but they are still working tools.

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Saw a video of a man in India turning wood with a foot powered lathe. He was sitting on the ground while doing it. Don't think I have it but you might google it. New word for the dictionary!!

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Interesting find. There are many places in the world where this would be useful. And I can see using similar methods to make a bicycle powered rotating tool would be very practical. Lots of places have no or unreliable power. I wonder if adding weight to the disk would smooth out the action. I can see a father and son somewhere making a living with this kind of human powered tool.
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If he didn't have power then he wouldn't have had the power tools to make it. Hmmmmm

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Just ran across this. Couldn't figure the best place to post it, so it wound up here. Pretty neat, and could be especially handy if you're working somewhere with no power, like a cabin in the middle of Alaska.
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/BqpOLVZFzps
Necessity really is the mother of invention however, as the guy had power tools he would have achieved more accurate discs had he routed them.
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