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    That's Not A Lathe...Now THIS Is a Lathe

    Ran across this one on another forum...pardon if you've already seen it:

    Oliver Pattern Lathe on eBay

    I'd get it, but I don't have 220v in my garage.
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    It'll cost more to ship it than to buy too!

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    Hey, Vaughn,

    You call that a lathe? Now *this* is a lathe:

    In 1999 Ian (ROBBO) Robertson of Cob & Co Woodturning got himself a big job to do for the University of Sydney (New South Wales, Australia). It consisted of a number of very large turned posts, the largest being 8.9 metres long x 300mm diam and weighed a little over 1 tonne. The order consisted of 16 of these large posts, 16 x 6 metres 16 x 4 metres & 16 x 2 metres.



    http://www.ubeaut.com.au/robbo.htm

    Imagine getting a catch on that thing!

    Thanks,

    Bill
    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 09-08-2007 at 04:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    ...Imagine getting a catch on that thing! ...
    Although both would be capable of yanking you off your feet (or perhaps slamming you to your knees), I think I'd be more leery of applying sharp steel to an 8' bowl than I would a 30' pole that's less than a foot in diameter.

    I'd need a lot of practice before approaching either.
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    One of my wife's uncles was a shop teacher, who built a large cruising boat in his back yard. The masts were solid wood, but looked like metal. I asked him how he got them so smooth, he said he rented an I beam from a structural steel distributor, made a headstock and tail stock, and turned them true! They were at least 45' tall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    It'll cost more to ship it than to buy too!
    I think renting a truck, or a lowboy trailer you could pull with your own truck, and going after it would be the best bet. Might be slow, tiring driving but lowest cost.
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    I didn't know that Oliver made one of those. I have seen a similar one from another maker but can't remember that manufacturer.

    Regardless that is impressive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I'd get it, but I don't have 220v in my garage.
    220, 221, what ever it takes.


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