The Oliver Model 20 is billed as patternmaker's lathe. Here's the sales brochure from 1920, courtesy of the OWWM galoots:
Says it could be ordered with a 16-, 20-, 24- or 30-inch swing. The bed "is of iron of proportionate dimensions to suit the size of the lathe fitted to it. It can be suppliled in any length, calcaluting by advances of two feet, but 8 and 10 foot beds are standard."
Says it came with a power feeding carriage standard, but that could be omitted if desired. "The carriage receives its power through a belt from a two-step cone on the lathe spindle to a cone on a feed shaft the length of the bed, giving two speeds to the feed shaft."
The Model 20-C is the 24-inch swing model, though with all models, if you set it up for face turning, you get an 84-inch swing (be a helluva bowl ).
From OWWM here's a model 20-C with something like a 9 foot bed:
You probably want to fab some steadreast if your were to try turning spars on that puppy, let it get...interesting.
Looks like everything there, too. Just needs a little OWWM love.
Where would you put it?
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I don't know about it being a spar lathe. At least the spar lathe at Mystic Seaport works on the principle of the spar turning very slowly and the 'cutting tool' being a high speed cutting head. Don't need to worry about balance & wobble that way.
i was just speculating as to it's purpose when i said "spar lathe". i wasn't sure what else it would be used for. i've no interest in it, other than curiosity about it's purpose.
Interesting that Eagle Machinery, who service the older Oliver tools, have a picture of a specially built 18-A lathe with 62' bed delivered to the USG in 1919 on their homepage: http://www.eaglemachinery-repair.com/ The same pictures appear in the Oliver 18 catalogue: http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=2677 I suppose it's possible they built and delivered more than one of that length but I'd think it more likely things have been tinkered with.
it sold for $8700.00! sounds like the government got their money's worth.
interesting links Hugh. thanks.
Flag poles. The old fashioned way.
When I was a kid there was still in Port Jefferson a flag pole factory that made solid stick big poles. It was cool to watch the old guys take a stance and lean those long chisels at a sixty foot or so spinning tree.
Big $h!t is SO cool!
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