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Forum topic by sgv posted 10-29-2013 09:14 PM 1245 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2013 09:14 PM

Is the base for the Delta 46-460 lathe worth the $150 or should I just build a base from 3/4 ply Thanks Ljs

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#1 posted 10-29-2013 10:15 PM

Couple of turners here with Delta mini lathes have built outstanding lathe stands for their lathes.

¾” ply should work as well as anything else. Plenty of examples of the homemade stands on the net.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 02:34 AM

Some guys build them out of doubled up MDF because it adds a lot of weight and stability. Another neat thing about MDF is you can paint them grey and they mimic cast iron very well.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 05:33 PM

I have the Delta base and extension base…and yes I think it is worth it. I have seen some awesome home-built bases on this site, but I like the Delta dedicated based on one thing….I can “belly” up to it. I can get right up to it and put my feet under the lathe.

Like I said, ther have been some awesome home-built stands with very creative-helpful storage. I have a 6’ tool cab roller base that I roll right behind me with all my turning tools in it. Also there are a number of starage “attachments” that you get get to attach to the lathe it self. ( Rockler, PSI, CUSA has them) I have the extension so I can slide the tailstock further away from my work and not have to take it off and I can have that extra room for stuff.
Just my .02

-- Mike

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 09:33 PM

Thanks all, Mike do you turn bowls? and if so witch chuck do you use, I was thinking about the nova 3

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 03:14 PM

I’ve got that base (picked it up for a good price as an Amazon Warehouse deal) and if I had to do it all over again, I’d probably just build my own. It’s actually a decent base, it’s moreso that I’d get more versatility out of something custom. For example, I’ve got a large dust hood that I like to use with it. I’ve currently got it jury rigged to fit a tripod mount and set it up that way. If I had a custom stand, I’d be able to include space on the stand for it. Minor stuff like that.

Speaking strictly for the stand itself, it seems quite stable (I’ve turned blanks up to about 11” in dia) and the tool holders are nice. If you have any need to make it portable though, I highly recommend these too:

They’re a direct swap for the leveling feet. When leveled, it provides just as much support, but its a relatively easy task to retract the feet and move it around. A little pricey, but a very good solution, IMO. Much better than locking swivel casters.

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#6 posted 10-31-2013 05:17 PM

I do turn bowls…..I started out with a wicked addiction to pens, and still make only 20 or so per year, but they are usually segmented pens. Bowls are new for me, maybe only a copuple years now. I have multple chucks, and my favorite is the one way line…..I have some others and they are ok, but the one way is my favorite.

As far as the stand goes, I think the bottom line is what you make work. I am only 5-9 and after I put wheels underneath the stand it is really about an inch or two too high. I have a metal bandsaw, so I could take it apart and cut it off while adding new holes, but that is a PITA and I have never done it yet. I also have a Rikon 70-050 Economy ( it’s a cheapy)...that I use for a dedicated Beall buff and occasionally will mentor someone using it. I have their stand with wheels on it too. My Shop is my 3 1/2 stall garage, with 1 1/2 stall to store every thing in. My wife and I each having a Ford Expedition and having a desire to keep my sex organs attached, I must keep at least her exped inside… everything is on wheels. I have been working with my tools on wheels for 25 years and in the last ten things have gotten far better with better-cheaper wheels and better wheel sets for other tools. The Rikon and the Delta on their respective stands, kind of “nest” into each other. The two really only take the footprint of one home built stand.

I own and operate a large Photographic studio that has been in business since the 40’s. There was an abundance of light stands in the basement which I have adapted a couple for lights for turning and a dust collection system…..for pens I have a magnetic light on the ways of the lathe and adapted the Rockler Lathe Dust collection system….you would think some one that has a degree in Photography and a studio would be able to post photos, but it is a little like a busman’s holiday for me….and I really have little desire to take any, plus I always feel like folks are looking for Loan Collection quality and they are judging me.

Like I said originally there have been some awesome homebuilt set ups….I just feel like I can get closer and different positions needed to hollow bowls and such….but it is not my intent to knock anyone elses ideas, or build….I have bulit carts for many other things that I use, just not my lathes.
Good Luck….

-- Mike

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#7 posted 10-31-2013 10:08 PM

Thanks Mike, and buzz I have a few weeks before I will need it ( after surgery on knee0 I will ponder for a bit more probably will go with the base.

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 12:16 AM

I found an old vanity someone was discarding. I beefed it up, add a little height and now I have a nice lathe stand with drawers and a cupboard. Cost me nothing but a little time and some scrap lumber. I’ve made my router table and planer stand the same way using the nice plywood from old cabinets people were throwing out. These were all cabinets made of real plywood. This is my router table. I have a current picture because I just put a new top, fence and insert plate on it. So the answer to your question is, it’s not worth it to me, but it is a personal choice.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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