tool gloat: old delta/rockwell lathe

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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 02-26-2011 09:40 PM 3918 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2011 09:40 PM

I picked up an old delta/rockwell lathe at an estate sale today. It’s in pretty good shape (no rust, though lots of dust and crud), though I’ll need to replace the power cord. It has a 5.5” center height (11” swing?), and about a 35” distance between centers. The legs are old plywood and could maybe use some new paint. I think the motor is 1/3 HP and the belt looks pretty good. It came with a box of turning tools (craftsman) and accessories. Pretty good deal for $125. Now I just have to learn how to use it without hurting myself.

I also picked up an old block plane, some router guide bushings, a hand saw, a big box of casters, and lots of honduras mahogany cutoffs. It’s been a good day :).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 10:11 PM

Thats a nice haul !! Those olde Delta machines are great.

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 05:50 AM

Fantastic Haul!!!! As for learning to use it… video’s and read a little. A local turning club could help a lot. Some of them are willing to help out beginners. (especially if you join)haha

Keep your tools sharp and practice and practice and practice.

Waiting to see what interesting turnings you come up with.


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