"Woodturning has always been one of my
favorite things in woodworking. Over the past 25 years,
I've done a lot of it, from chair spindles to bowls. But
the most fun is working on my big lathe, which can take
up to 12.5 feet with a 16-inch swing. It's a century old
Cordesman lathe made at the Cordesman Mch. Company in Cincinnati,
Ohio. It has babbitt bearings powered by a two-horse, three-phase
motor mounted overhead. The four-inch wide drive belt to
the jackshaft has a four step wooden pulley that uses a
two-inch wide belt to drive the headstock. The bed itself
is made of wood.
It's a lot of fun to use with those big ol'
wide belts and the clunk, clunk, clunk, of the splices hitting
the wooden pulleys. The antiquity of it is very satisfying,
and even though it's a century old, it's still a very efficient
and solid piece of machinery."