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04-16-2014 08:01 PM

I posted a few weeks back asking for suggestions on getting a lathe for turning pens. I was warned at the time that woodturning was addictive. Man, is it ever! I love it. I have only made a half dozen or so pens and I have had a blast doing them. I can’t wait to turn some bowls, boxes, whatever my lathe will handle. I settled on a Delta 46-460 and have been really happy with it so far. I have a feeling though that as my addiction worsens I will upgrade.

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 08:18 PM

Just wait until you start pouring money into chucks, chisels, accessories…. :-)

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

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 08:59 PM

bcramer—I bought my 46-460 coming up on 3 years ago … so far, I haven’t found the size of turnings I can do to be a problem. I do have the bed extension, which gives me up to 42” between centers.

I plan to keep the Delta for at least two more years (think: 5 year warranty), then I may upgrade.

My dream lathe is a Robust American Beauty … SWMBO says ‘dream on!’.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 04-16-2014 09:02 PM

It’s on my wish list.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 09:11 PM

Gerry , Just keep putting away some Egg Money for the next 3 years and the dream will come True. You would be amazed at how much a handful of pocket change a day can turn into after just a few months so 3 years should get you a good start on it.

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 02:59 AM

Enjoy, it is a great fun tool to own. Creating things to any shape as you go along. That’s a good lathe and should keep you going for years.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 05:19 PM

About 5 years ago I decided to buy a cheap lathe and make some pens. I made this decision because I was doing a lot of furniture for my house and business and the time commitment was substantial. Because I am a hobbyist and a hobbyist with two jobs, I would only finish two or three projects a year. With pens I could have something accomplished in a few hours…..then is became an obsession…. three lathes and 5 or 6K later in gadgets, I still enjoy it, but try to still do my share of flat work too….

I too have a 46-460, it’s a great lathe…enjoy yourself and the challenges you will encounter!!!

-- Mike

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#7 posted 04-17-2014 06:15 PM

I’ve had my 46-460 for about 15-months now. Gerry is right about not finding any size limitations of the 46-460 to be restrictive, same here. My largest project yet was turning legs for a coffee table, and I STILL have not bothered to put the bed extension bed on the thing! You will be surprised at just how much you can do with that 16-1/2 working length between centers. I love it too!

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

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