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#1 posted 11-04-2012 02:17 PM

|I have never had a typical wood lathe. My dad ran his own turning business for 60 years. |We had production lathes. One was a cam operated lathe for small items like golf tees and wooden beads. One was a matison multi spindle progressive that was only set up once for spindles because the knives were cost prohibitive. The most consistently used in the beginning were two converted Atlas metal lathes. these made parts from 1/2”x1/2” to 5”x34”. The “big” lathe was a converted American metal lathe with an Atlas head for speed that could do 24” diameter and 8’ between centers up to 16 feet with a tagged tail stock. Two of the post blanks turned on this machine weighed over a ton. I still have one of the Atlas lathes. I got into metal working to keep his shop in jigs and fixtures for production runs and updating his equipment. I am looking to build a lathe from scratch somewhat like the Laguna but with some potential add ons. I hope to incorporate longitudinal Rose engine work by oscillating the crossfeed instead of rocking the spindle and tail stock. Pinning the headstock to the longitudinal feed is also in the plan like the legacy machine for spiral work. My profile picture is of my dad in front of the “big” Lathe.

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