|Project by Bill Akins||posted 02-01-2010 04:20 PM||2678 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I had busted my cheap ebay-special lathe before the holidays and have been itching to turn again. I went to the Atlanta Woodworking show this past weekend. After a couple of months research, checking the budget, and playing with this lathe a bit I decided on and purchased the new Delta variable speed midi lathe. I was hoping on a good sale price at the show but they had a package deal that included the stand, bowl chuck and a set of micro turning tools. All I really wanted was the lathe but I took the package anyway.
After getting home I had everything unboxed and setup ready to use in about 40 minutes. Get someone to help lift the lathe onto the stand for it weighs in at 90 plus pounds. I just had to turn something. I had this piece of hickory that I wanted to make a handle of. By the time I used the chop saw to remove the cracked ends, the piece was too short for a handle. So I turned it round and made a goblet.
At the end of the turning I went to clean the base of the goblet a bit and knocked out a chunk so I finished it with a small base. I enjoyed the reverse of the lathe for sanding. I finished it with a couple coats of shellac/mineral spirts/BLO and then a couple of coats of plain shellac and then Renaisance wax. It would stand on its own but still too top heavy so I made a walnut base for it.
I love my new lathe and I’m so glad I can turn again.
-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.