Delta 46-715 Lathe Refurbish Project #8: It's done!!! Ready to start turning!!!

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 01-27-2015 01:46 AM 3220 reads 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got it done. The only thing I might do is paint the additional parts on the motor cover battleship gray.

The scale was made with a clear self-adhesive shipping label. I got out my tachometer and made a test run and marked the speeds on the lathe. I then took a photo of this pencil scale head-on and laid out on my computer the scale. I made a printout and went to OfficeMax and they copied it on the shipping label for 68 cents. Can’t beat that!

I put the switch for the DC power on the side of the control box because I plan on using this lathe as a duplicator. The duplicator will be mounted on the backside of the lathe so I can’t switch the motor from the front or the back.

The motor cover cuts down on the noise of the motor tremendously. I’m really glad I worked all day Saturday building it out of MDF. I think I’ll paint it.

Here are photos of the final build. Thanks for following this project. If you want to convert a lathe, feel free to contact me.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 01:53 AM

Looks great!
You did a good job.

-- Fred, Texas, Acts 2:38

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 05:41 AM

Yeah that is awesome. Now I want to redo my control panel and build a motor cover. The motor is loud.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 08:05 AM

You did a great job, and also made me glad that you shared it. THANK YOU.


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#4 posted 01-27-2015 01:55 PM

Thanks for taking us along, hello favorites!

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 02:19 PM

Thanks for sharing. When (or IF ) I find a treadmill motor, I’ll be converting mine.

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 08:46 PM

I just read this whole series. Wow, this is awesome. And intimidating. I’d love to do a conversion myself, but I don’t think I have the skill, time, patience, knowledge, or resources to do it.

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