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04-20-2016 02:36 PM

I’ve never turned anything, but my buddy bought a house with a shop full of tools. He’s keeping most of them, but he offered 2 lathes and accessories to me for the low, low price of a custom table for his new house, so I couldn’t refuse! I picked up the smaller lathe last night (Delta LA200), and I’m going back for the full size one this weekend (since I’m not a bodybuilder and couldn’t lift it myself). I gathered probably 30 chisels/gouges, and all kinds of accessories to go along with it.

My question is this: I like to make dining tables, so is the LA200 powerful enough to turn pine table legs if I get the extension bed? I’m going to get the big lathe anyway and store it if need be, but I wonder if I’ll ever use it.

I’m very excited about this new phase of my woodworking life, and look forward to spending more time on this sub-forum to learn from the experts here ;). I’ll take some pics of everything later and post them here.


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#1 posted 04-20-2016 03:25 PM

Isn’t that a pen turning lathe? Delta made a lot of lathes, I don’t have them all memorized. What is the bigger lathe, you’ll probably want to use it instead.

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#2 posted 04-20-2016 03:29 PM


Isn t that a pen turning lathe? Delta made a lot of lathes, I don t have them all memorized. What is the bigger lathe, you ll probably want to use it instead.

- Rick M.

It’s not sold anymore, but here’s a link showing the specs.

I’m not sure what the bigger one is. It’s covered with junk at this point so I need to go uncover it.

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#3 posted 04-20-2016 03:43 PM

You’ll need to buy or build an extension unless you make the legs in sections but you can turn a leg on that. 1/2hp is kind of bare minimum but the good thing is a catch will probably stall the motor rather than take a hunk out of the wood.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 04-20-2016 03:46 PM



You ll need to buy or build an extension unless you make the legs in sections but you can turn a leg on that. 1/2hp is kind of bare minimum but the good thing is a catch will probably stall the motor rather than take a hunk out of the wood.

- Rick M.

Thanks, Rick. I’m working out of my garage, so size is a bit of an issue for me at this point. I’ll probably just store the big one and see what I can do with the Delta for now.

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#5 posted 04-20-2016 04:57 PM

You could spend a lot of time on Craig’s list or E-Bay. Rockler sells a bed extension for Excelsior lathes same as PSI Turncrafter lathes but do not know if compatible with your Delta. So would not waste any money on that Delta LA200. So definitely would not even try finding a bed extension. Would use that Delta lathe for small stuff or turn legs in sections.

Inquiring minds here would like to know more about that full size lathe!

Good luck with both!

-- Bill

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#6 posted 04-20-2016 05:02 PM

Someone here built a lathe extension out of wood.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 04-20-2016 06:09 PM

Ihave a lathe that is 6ft between centres, I have made duffle coat toggles for a Cindy doll and 6 ft newels on this , get the big lathe and sell the small one.
Chris

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#8 posted 04-20-2016 06:19 PM

That is pretty much a pen lathe. I’m sure it would be possible to make table legs with it, but it would be so much easier on a full size lathe. Why not use the full size lathe to turn the legs? That way you won’t have to buy an extension bed.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 04-20-2016 06:40 PM



That is pretty much a pen lathe. I m sure it would be possible to make table legs with it, but it would be so much easier on a full size lathe. Why not use the full size lathe to turn the legs? That way you won t have to buy an extension bed.

- bondogaposis

Space is the only issue. Like I said before, I’m working with a limited space. I can store the big one as long as necessary, but I don’t have space for it permanently at my house for now.

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#10 posted 04-21-2016 05:10 AM

If you add an extension to the small lathe to turn table legs it will take up as much space as the big lathe.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 04-21-2016 02:17 PM

if you’re really exited about the new phase, my suggestion is to make a point of making room for the larger lathe. If it’s worth storing, it’s more worthy of using. Store the smaller one…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#12 posted 04-21-2016 02:21 PM



if you re really exited about the new phase, my suggestion is to make a point of making room for the larger lathe. If it s worth storing, it s more worthy of using. Store the smaller one…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

Well, I’d be storing it in my dad’s barn/workshop. I have a worksite table saw at the house, but if I need to use a full size table saw, I go out there. So the lathe would be a similar situation where I’d keep the small one at home and go use the big one if need be. That’s my plan for now. I turned a couple candlestick holders last night and it seems to be something I’ll really enjoy.

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#13 posted 04-21-2016 02:28 PM

From what you just posted about enjoying turning, I think you’ll be visiting your dad’s house more often. Hope it’s not too far…....... And I hope you two get along. heheheh…................ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#14 posted 04-21-2016 03:53 PM



From what you just posted about enjoying turning, I think you ll be visiting your dad s house more often. Hope it s not too far…....... And I hope you two get along. heheheh…................ Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

Oh of course we get along…he got me started on all of this mess. 10 minutes away isn’t a bad drive…

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#15 posted 04-25-2016 03:56 AM

jkn09 put some wheels on the bigger lathe that you can easily raise/lower. This will allow you to easily move it in your garage. The 1/2 HP motor on the smaller lathe is much too small for any big turnings. You did not mention if you also got the sharpener setup and this will be a must. I turn a lot of Mesquite and it is necessary to sharpen several times when working on a piece. The harder the wood the more often you need to sharpen. For sharpening I use CBN wheels, these are expensive but IMHO well worth the cost. I also use a Oneway Wolverine Sharpening Jig which ensures I have the correct angle on my tools.

In that you have never turned I suggest watching a LOT of YouTube videos, Robo Hippy is one that I would highly suggest. To start your tuning take some 2×4’s cut them in 1/2 (now they are almost square and cut them to 18” lengths. I’d suggest a stack of 50 pieces. Now practice turning, first round the piece and then make a bunch of coves and beads. Once you have mastered this you are ready to move on.

Go to http://thompsonlathetools.com/links/ and review each of the links. This will introduce you to some of the top turners.

You did not mention the mfg of the tools you got. Just like everything else there are good, better and best. I have some very good tools but have decided to go with Doug Thompson tools (use the above link). I’m going to add/replace my tools with his 10V metal tools.

-- JohnT

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