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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-05-2012 08:38 PM 1436 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2012 08:38 PM

I have been looking for a good lathe, something that I can do some custom parts for my furniture with and maybe a bowl or two when a good hunk of wood come along. I have some Green Ash trees that need trimming.

I quizzed you guys and the best answer I found was the Delta 46-460. It should arrive this week sometime. I hope to be able to use it in the driveway where I also use my joiner because you just cant DC that stuff.

I got a decent set of chisels today at KC Metro Hardwoods, cost me 100$ for about 6 common chisels, nothing special. I do need to get a finer grit wheel for my grinder though. I suspect I’ll be sharpening these quite a bit.

Thanks for the look.

Here is the Key Organizer I just finished today.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 10:34 PM

Way to go Russell. I have started drooling for a lathe, but I am sure that that will take quite a while to come to fruition. Though, the LOML has indicated a distinct interest into wanting to do some turning. Only time will tell on this though…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 10:58 PM

Glad you found one that you were confident in pulling the trigger on. I have a used delta 1440. Solid machine. I am sure you will be happy with yours.

As far as DC goes. You might want to look into this ””big gulp” attachment for the shop vac or DC. Positioned behind the lathe, they can pull in a good deal of the shavings and particles that fly off.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 02:36 AM

David, when it’s cold outside, I can throw together some drywall fragments and keep it all corralled at least.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 03:15 AM

Enjoy! Russ

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 03:17 AM

Post some pics when you get it Russ!!!

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 03:54 AM

I’m going out to buy wood for a bench for the lathe tomorrow. I’ll have to wait for it to get here to build it though.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 05:14 AM

Lathes are lots of fun. I never turned a lot but I did
figure out how to turn some complex things and the
neat thing is you don’t have to be very good if you
approach it in a logical manner, just like most
machining operations.

You’ll probably hate your skew at first and it’s the
trickiest of them all. If your skew has square corners
on the blade, it will be so difficult to use. When you
use it you have to balance the corner on the toolrest
and “plane” with the skew, adjusting the handle
and using the toolrest as a fulcrum. A skew with
a rounded edge where it slides against the tool rest
is more forgiving.

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#8 posted 11-06-2012 11:00 AM

Great choice Russ! You won’t be sorry. The 46-460 is a great midi lathe. Looking forward to hearing about the work you do on it.

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#9 posted 11-06-2012 04:40 PM

Should have gone with the Windsor Design turning chisel set from Harbor Freight or the Benjamin’s Best set from Penn State. The HF ones can be had for $43, even less with a coupon, and the BB set is around $75. I have the set from HF and like them. I’m thinking about ordering some of Cap’n Eddie’s carbide tools now. You didn’t mention safety gear. Hopefully you have a good face shield already. It took me till my 4th turning project to clang something off my head and across the garage. Thankfully I had my face shield on.

Working with a lathe is fascinating, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Post some projects when you get going!


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#10 posted 11-06-2012 05:16 PM

That’s a very nice lathe. You’re going to have a lot of fun with it. Two warnings, though:

1. Turning is quite addictive.
2. Lathe tools and accessories will drive you straight to the poor house. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 11-06-2012 08:46 PM

Good shot! You’ve done a lovely project.

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#12 posted 11-07-2012 06:47 PM

I have had a 46-460 for three years now. It is a great machine. You are going to love it. I also have a Rikon mini…it is not the machine that the Delta is, but was cheaper too.

Turning is very addictive. Get yourself some basic turning DVD’s and watch them over and over again. Using some of the tools CORRECTLY has a learning curve. There are many body mechanics and positioning relavant to turning. Aside from a mentor who had a better mentor, I don’t know how else to learn. I had a fellow show me some things but he was self taught too and used many tools “wrong” himself.

For the 46-460 I bought the extension and the stand with the extension. I have it on wheels and it was a little tall, so some height modifications were required.

Mike—-I talked the LOML into the lathe with dreams of pens, bowls, and pepper grinders…it worked great!!!
Mike aka Moke

-- Mike

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#13 posted 11-07-2012 06:51 PM

Moke- It looks like thurs or fri before it gets here. I was thinking of just building my own stand for it with wheels so I can take it outside and use it there. My first project is going to be turning a piece of wood to a wine bottle and polishing it. I wonder if those would sell?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#14 posted 11-07-2012 09:08 PM

Trust me – you will love that lathe. My only regret is that I also bought the stand that comes with it, instead of making my own with wheels. Oh, you’ll soon want the bed extension so start laying the ground work with the wife.

-- John from Hampstead

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#15 posted 11-07-2012 09:19 PM

I don’t know if you’ve found Carl Jacobson on Youtube yet, but he’s one of my favorite makers of turning videos. He has the same lathe as you.


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