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A machine that holds a round object in place and enables working on it symmetrically it by spinning or rotating the object while a fixed sharp tool shapes, cuts, or sands the object evenly on all sides. Lathes are typically used for wood or metal works and can be small or very large, depending on the type of work they are utilized for.

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"Wood lathe, June 17, 2007" by Shaun Dunphy is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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