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    Conover lathe

    During lunch today I stopped by a woodworking store to look a joiners and they had this lathe in the used equiptment. It was made by Conover, out of Ohio. Its got a 16" swing and a 72" bed.

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    I had to share this with you all.
    Last edited by Don Baer; 11-17-2006 at 02:42 PM. Reason: To correct the name of the lathe builder
    "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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    Was it actually sold in that configuration originally, or was it a "kit": headstock, tailstock, DIY bed/stand/motor?

    The "1" on the front end of that price seems, um...optimistic. Am I missing something?
    Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

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    Lee the stand was part of the original package. The book laying on the lathe bed show the price breakdown. The lathe originally sold for over $3000 with the optional $695 for the bed and stand.
    "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
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    That's a cool-looking piece of equipment, Don. I'm with Lee...$1,500 sure seems like a lot of money, unless that bed is wood-grained titanium or something.

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    Good looking lathe there Don.
    You better go back with your truck and snag that bugger

    Which reminds me. I need to run up north and bring my 8' vega with copy attachment home one of these days [stealth gloat ]

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    Hi Don,

    I believe that is the Conover lathe. Made in Ohio. If you Google Ernie Conover you will get a ton of hits on it.

    Best wishes,
    Dave

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    Thanks David,
    Thats why I couldn't find anything when I googles the name.
    "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
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    That's a handsome piece of equipment. Anyone know the Horsepower?

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    If my memory servers me correctly, you could only buy the Conover "kit" which included head and tail stocks, tool rest, etc. In the late 60-70's I seem to recall that the kit sold for around $3K and you supplied your own motor. You have to remember that in the USA turning was a very small niche market in those days. Just shows how much better and cheaper tools have gotten over time...

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    This one had a 2 hp motor on 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
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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