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Thread: I've Never Seen A Lathe Like This One

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon

    I've Never Seen A Lathe Like This One

    This is an unusual lathe listed on Craigs List here in Portland

    Beam Lathe
    Jesus was a Woodworker

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Wow, that's a biggun. It'd probably be a money-maker if you had a good market for big architectural pieces.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Bradford, Vermont
    That looks strongly reminiscent of the Conover - I wonder if that's actually an early example of one?

    EDIT: Curious that the power switch & tool rack are both mounted on the back side of the lathe...
    Last edited by Tim Hofstetter; 11-14-2009 at 01:22 PM.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    It is old, heavy and big, no doubt. I dig the brass oilers.
    But, it doesn't look like $1,000.00 worth to me.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    lutefisk capitol, USA
    A friend of mine had one in his shop. It was a Conover with a 16' bed. He made a fortune turning columns for home restoration businesses. He needed the overhead crane to lift the blanks. 5 horse motor to run the thing. When he retired he sold it for $2,800.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Portland, OR
    My uncle had one very similar to this in his shop in Nanimo, BC. It was about 20 feet long though and he used it to mill the center pole in spiral staircases, his specialty. Now that he is retired, I have no idea what he has done with it. He had some very cool equipment in his shop, all that would be considered vintage today.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Thats similar to the one I saw a few years ago. I postedabout it in this thread. Ony this one didn't have a duplicator and they were asking $1500 for it.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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