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05-21-2013 06:08 PM

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I got a message from a fellow LJ recently concerning wood lathes. If you cant tell I like mechanical stuff. wood working equipment in particular and at the top of the stack is wood turning equipment. My dad started turning professionally in the late forties. He got involved in other things on the side, case goods, waterbeds, even bar lighting, but wood turning was his niche’. through the years he got many different types of turning equipment cam actuated machines, multi spindle machines small backknife machines, copy lathes and attachments etc. they all went their way but the original atlas conversion lathe is still around. I was doing retrofits on machine tools from NC to CNC and tried to get him to go for CNC on a lathe build he refused and continued on as he always had. When i asked him why he would say “No one else does it the way I do it…it works!” Over the years I have looked for equipment that duplicated his process I have found none. The machine that comes the closest is the Pinnacle from Laguna a well thought out machine. This venue taps into a vast base of exposure. As I mentioned I am a machine nut. If you wouldn’t mind, post pictures of unique, interesting, weird turning machines you have seen, operated, etc.

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