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05-28-2018 10:51 PM

Lathe motor/vfd upgrade - 4 replies

I’ve been turning for a couple of months on a 70’s Rockwell/delta, that I picked up for $225. It’s the type with four pulleys top and bottom, with a 3/4 hp 120v motor, 12×40I was at a flea market type place last week and picked up a 3 phase 1.5 hp motor for $4.99!Game on! I ordered the best reviewed cheap VFD on Amazon al...

03-07-2018 11:28 PM

What's this Delta Rockwell Lathe worth - 11 replies

These photos are all the info I know about this Lathe that is coming up in an estate sale this weekend a couple of miles from where I live This would be my first lathe, if I could get this a decent price, should I?What would be a decent price? I’m hoping it’s the lathe AND accessories…

01-13-2018 12:49 AM

Leg vise with pipe clamp - 3 replies

I just built a workbench (posted it in projects today). I’d like to have a nice new, way too expensive leg vise but I couldn’t see putting more money in a vise than I have in the whole bench!My solution was a cheap shop fox screw, a chunk of quarter sawn oak, an 18” piece of 3/4” rigid and the dumb end of a pipe vise. I&#...

12-31-2017 11:40 PM

Slabbing ain't easy! - 10 replies

My neighbor had a Red Oak tree fall on Christmas Day so I slabbed up the last 14’ of it. I’ve done some chainsaw milling before but with 16” hickory and maple, a 30” oak tree is a whole different animal though. I ended up with 11 7’ long slabs total, a couple are over 3.5” thick, the rest are a little over 8/4...

08-14-2017 12:01 PM

Dust collection bin alarm - 1 reply

Thought I would share this relatively easy (and cheap) alarm for a dust collection alarm. I just built a new shop with a new dust collector (2hp Grizzly with a Super Dust Deputy XL), in my other garage I managed to overfill the trash can numerous time planing long boards and it’s always a mess to clean upI’m an electrical contractor ...


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