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Cooksley Wood Lathes

A well known firm of wood-machinery makers, Cooksley were founded in 1896 and based in Kingston-upon-Thames and, by 1961, had 150 workers making a wide variety of professional woodworking equipment. Part of their range was a small woodworking lathe that appears to have been built in two versions:  one was identical in design and configuration the Harrison "Jubilee" (and, judging by the screwed-on cast-aluminium Cooksley badge was simply that lathe re-branded) while the other, badged as the "Handy" was, oddly, very similar in general construction but with a number of notable differences.
Both are now very rare: they were heavily built from fabricated steel plate on an underdrive plinth with the drive motor mounted on a vertically-adjustable plate. A large capacity bowl-turning attachment appears to have been a standard fitting.
If any reader has a Cooksley wood lathe, the writer would be very interested to hear from you.


The Cooksley "Handy" wood-turning lathe

Another Cooklsey--a version that appears to be a re-badged Harrison Jubilee

The Cooksley badge was simply screwed on



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Cooksley Wood Lathes