I’m back in California. On the trip down, I stopped at an antiques store and found a treadle from an old dentist drill. I bought it to convert my wood lathe (original post here) to foot powered.
I lubed it and hooked it up.
I got the best results I’ve had so far with the lathe.
Here’s a video.
I used the lathe for about half an hour. The treadle began to make a clacking noise and would hop once every revolution. I’ll work on it later. I’m just happy to get good results quickly.