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Posted on Oak Timbers Used to Build Heavy Machinery?

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 09:13 PM

Yes, there are examples of wood timbers being used in heavy machinery. I have the headstock, tool rest, & tailstock of a woodturning lathe once owned by my uncle. The bed ways of this lathe were wooden beams as were the legs to support the lathe. This photo shows just the cast iron components sitting on a desk. The hand wheels in the background secured the components to the bed ways.
The possible use of the oak beams you are considering was clearly different from this.

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