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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 08-04-2013 03:16 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2013 03:16 PM

I have a Delta 46-460 with the bed extension.
I need to turn some cherry table legs which are about 7”x 7” x 24”. They are glue ups.

I have a face plate that I just got from HF, it’s 6” which I plan to use.

My question is, is this wood too much for that lathe, and would it be better to cut a tenon first and chuck it, or would the face plate work best?

How would you do it on a similar lathe.

The lathe is a 2HP I believe. It handles pretty much everything I throw at it.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 03:34 PM

without getting too complex with the details, in terms of motor capabilities – for the motor to turn a 7”x7” spindle would be equivalent to it turning a 7”x7” bowl. seeing that it can candle up to 12”+- (I have the same lathe) and it’s on the stronger side in terms of motors (2HP) I think you are good to go.

I personally would probably turn between centers to get a tennon and rough it up for better concentricity and less off center vibration, then chuck it up for detailing the leg.

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 04:39 PM

1 HP, 16 1/2 “ between center 42” with extension not sure how much chucks, faceplates, or center shorten distance between centers.

No doubt your lathe can handle those table legs. Only down side is 6” & 10” tool rest. If had another tool rest base could make your own tool rest so could turn without moving tool rest. No big deal have to do same on my lathe.

Chucking up legs with a tenon no problem if part of the design or will safely cut them off later. I prefer to turn between centers for same reason previous poster stated.

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 05:27 PM

I have the same lathe/bed extension … you’ll have no problem turning your table legs.

I would forget the face plate, turn between centers for a tenon, then chuck it (assuming your chuck has jaws large enough to accommodate a piece that big. If your chuck jaws can’t deal with the big workpiece, I would use a worm screw.

BTW … I replaced the stock tool rests with T-Bar modular tool rests from Best Wood Tools ( ). They are more durable than the stock tool rests, and aren’t as susceptible to nicks and dings. Their customer service is also excellent.

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 10:16 PM

What Purplev says.

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#5 posted 08-04-2013 11:08 PM

Thanks guys. As soon as I dig my lathe out, I’ll try it.

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