Goblet on new Delta Midi Lathe

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Project by Bill Akins posted 02-01-2010 04:20 PM 3650 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 05:12 PM

It looks very nice.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 05:23 PM

Looks good. Congrats on your new toy.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 06:29 PM

That’s some turning Bill good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 06:50 PM

Well only a advice,it gets habit forming,lol

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 12:29 AM

Glad to hear your positive opinion of the new lathe. I’m thinking about one to augment or replace my current 12” Delta lathe.

Very nice goblet.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 02:30 AM

Jolly good show Bill. Congrats. BZ on the goblet.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 02:35 AM

What was the deal? The STLouis show is coming up this weekend. My kid loves turning pens, and he wants a lathe, he is only 6, makes a dad proud. I really don’t have a lot of extra $$ right now, so I am afraid there might be a good deal that I won’t be able to pass. Guess my garage is heated, so it won’t be so bad sleeping out there.

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#8 posted 02-02-2010 04:41 AM

looks good…its always nice to break in new tools…!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 02-02-2010 03:00 PM

The package deal included the variable speed lathe, stand, Nova bowl chuck and turning small turning tool kit (great for pens and spindles). The price was $700. If I bought these items separately at Woodcraft they would total $1000.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#10 posted 03-06-2010 01:58 AM

I’ve been thinking of buying the same lathe at Woodcraft, but now you’ve got me thinking about the Huntsvile, AL wood show. Were those “extras” worth it?

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#11 posted 03-06-2010 03:44 AM

I think they are especially if you dont have them. I really do enjoy my new lathe

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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