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Posted on DELTA WINs -- RIKON Mini Lathe Model 70-100 or the DELTA 46-460 ????

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 03:59 AM

As you mentioned, I think the inserts are exactly the same inserts as on your jointer…While there are several different configurations, 2” and 4” radius, round and triangular. I have never made one myself but literally I have seen guys make them tools out of HF pry bar tools. I am sure you can do it….one fella I talked to made it with just a grinder and files. I bought a couple tools from a guy on a Pen site, but he has just had a fairly serious heart attack and I would assume is out of business for a while. He makes several tools called “woodchucks”. They are great. I use both the 4” radius and the round for bowls. If you decide to try to make a tool PM me and I will have more info for you.

I bought a Steelex set to start with. I think it was around a 100.00. I still use some of the tools. My friend, started with the HF kit. He too has moved on but still uses it some and made some nice stuff with them. A lot of great turners use skews a lot, particularly for table legs and such. A decent skew is going to be around a hundred dollarson it’s own. The steelex or HF kit will serve as a good learner for sharpening too. I wouldn’t go hog wild just yet. Your family will have x-mas presents for a long time to come.

I bought some DVD’s and learned what I could from them, since I have met some really good turners. Practice is what it takes. I am by no means good, but I am learning, start out with maple and make nothing in particular except wood chips….and have fun!!! I look forward to seeing some results….

-- Mike

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