Wood-Bed Lathe

Description (Brief)
Mammoth wood timbers support the bed of this metal turning lathe. European machines of the period were built entirely of cast iron, while American machines were built from a less costly combination of wood, cast iron, and steel. This lathe was made during the 1830s and would have been useful in turning large pieces such as carriage axles and piston rods for steam engines.
Currently not on view
Object Name
machine tool, metalworking, lathe
lathe, engine
overall: 33 1/2 in x 100 in x 16 in; 85.09 cm x 254 cm x 40.64 cm
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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