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#1 posted 11-05-2012 01:57 AM

Although I really like turning, and I’m not all that bad at it I have to say my lathe is the one of only 2 tools I’m actually fully content with the other being my drill press.
I’ve got a 20 year older version of the delta lathe Gus wants. It has a 36×11” bed which will do me fine for a long while, I have the sanding station with 9” disk and angle adjustable table, 2 grinding disc/polishing wheel attachments, a drill chuck, 2 regular mounting plates and a 3rd with reverse thread for work off the bench. The bench is factory so the old iron bed is really heavy and the original 2×6s feel more like oak then pine, it’s also designed to be bolted to the floor if need be. Only things that I’d really like with it is a 3 or 4 jaw chuck and a bigger motor, the chuck is planned on for next year a bigger motor only if something shows up cheap on craigslist.
The factory upgrade to 16 speeds from the stock 4 and the original steady rest that goes on the floor would be nice things to add as well, although it looks mostly like a music stand with a rest stuck in the top.

Al, I have to ask what that table or bench is that you are working with or is that your shop floor?

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