from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The upper or main part of the framework of a lathe, on which rest the head- and tail-stock and the tool-carriage.
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A much readier method, and one, in general, good enough for most purposes, is to put a candle on the end of the lathe-bed where the back centre generally is, and observe the images of the flame by reflection from both the lens surfaces.
By an ingenious adaptation of the apparatus, which will also be found described in the Society of Arts paper, the planing machine might be fitted with a lathe-bed, either to hold two centres, or a head with a suitable mandrill.