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

by HorizontalMike
posted 12-10-2012 05:21 PM


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#51 posted 12-12-2012 04:02 PM

RVroman (Robert) – The only problem with the Nova minis, they are direct threaded 1×8 so an insert is impossible. What I should have said is, I have an adapter 1×8 to 1-1/4×8. The problem is, how do I keep the mini attached to the adapter when reverse turning? My Nova2’s have the 1-1/4×8 insert, so no problem there.

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#52 posted 12-12-2012 04:05 PM

Ah, that would make it difficult then.Tapping the insert and putting in a set screw, as you mentioned, is the only option I can think of.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#53 posted 12-12-2012 04:11 PM

I’m going to try the blue Lok-Tite thing, I’ll let you know.

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#54 posted 12-12-2012 06:28 PM

Joe,
  • Nice price on the Barracuda2, I think the chuck will be a later addition when experience dictates the need.
  • The 8-piece HF turning tools ( Sale: $67.99 ). I’ll remember that one.
  • Also, a live center sounds like a needed feature. Does the Rikon 70-100 NOT come with one?
  • Nice WC Woodturner’s Sharpening Kit!
Hairy,
  • No complaints about carbide turning tools other than the price, for a beginner’s initial lathe setup.

Gerry,
I don’t have any ”current” WW magazines, but probably have everything from ~1985—2000. A couple of years ago I was given someones lifetime collection when they passed (8-10 milk crates full). I probably have 2 full crates on just Turning. I have not taken the time to peruse them as of yet, but will if this purchase comes to fruition. Can you PM/email some details on this?

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

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#55 posted 12-12-2012 07:21 PM

Mike, I have the Rockler version of that lathe. I do a lot of small bowls (6” diameter or less) and it’s got plenty enough power for that.

You mentioned table legs, and you mentioned turning nothing much bigger than 4×4. The main factor is the weight of the piece you are turning. Put a 6” long hunk of 4×4 on that lathe to turn a vase and you’ll be fine. But put on a 30” long 4×4 to turn a table leg and you’ll be grossly underpowered.

Also, I can’t imagine having to get by without my Barracuda chuck system and a couple of EZ wood tools.

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

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#56 posted 12-12-2012 07:29 PM

Any thoughts on this $50 HF 30 Piece mini lathe kit?
http://www.harborfreight.com/30-piece-mini-lathe-tool-kit-3448.html

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#57 posted 12-12-2012 09:18 PM

Mike, that is gear for a metal lathe. About the only things you might find useful are the calipers.

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#58 posted 12-12-2012 09:50 PM

Thanks David. Nix on that kit, but will keep eye out for calipers at HF, HD, etc.

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#59 posted 12-13-2012 12:56 PM

David,
Found calipers on the HD site. It looks like each are around $30 or $90 for the lot. Hmm… That HF set for the metal lathe is almost half the price even if I don’t use the cutters. Has anyone purchased the Harbor freight version in the past?

Home Depot Harbor Freight version

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#60 posted 12-13-2012 03:40 PM

I have the HF kit. You can pick up cheaper calipers than those at home depot. You can also just cut some out of plywood.

Here’s some on Amazon for $7.25 for a set: http://www.amazon.com/Silverline-Spring-Calipers-3Pce-180Mm/dp/B001C7P2SA/ref=sr_1_fed0_5?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1355413160&sr=1-5&keywords=spring+caliper

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#61 posted 12-13-2012 04:06 PM

Take a look at these…..

http://gladstonetools.com/calipers-and-dividers.html>

“http://gladstonetools.com/6pisetforwo.html”: 6 piece set, $25, will do about everything you need for spindles

“http://gladstonetools.com/305-0008.html”: 5 piece set, $45, 8” calipers

“http://gladstonetools.com/305-0012.html”: 5 piece set, $60, 12” calipers

I have made a few orders from gladstone (both calipers and gouges) and have always been satisfied.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#62 posted 12-13-2012 06:17 PM

Mike I think you will have to go far to beat the prices in the Grizzly catalog. They have good prices on some sets, a nice digital capliper, and while you are at it order the shop fox 24” ruler with the handle on it for your flat work for 15.00!!!

-- Mike

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#63 posted 12-13-2012 10:04 PM

Great links guys! And I hadn’t thought about Grizzly either!

Boy! I sure hadn’t expected what looked to be a sub-$400 entry price point to turn into a roughly $1,000 entry level ticket. Not sad about it at all, but this information is truly needed by us who are looking/contemplating taking the plunge into turning. Time to start rolling all the change in the coin jar for sure.

;-)

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#64 posted 12-23-2012 02:17 AM

I managed to get the better half into WC today and we actually talked about lathes! We spent over an hour there and she even left with a smile on her face. I’m workin’ it! We’ll see.

All this talk about the Delta 46-460 and a full 1-hp, for under $700, had me spinning in circles. Am I correct that all the ancillary accessories that I have listed above would remain the same, other than extensions and stand?

Hey Gerry, I picked up a copy of the December 2012 Woodturner Magazine and that HF belt sander conversion looks like a winner.

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

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#65 posted 12-23-2012 02:25 AM

Funny you should post this, I was planning to post today to ask how it was going. Yes, you are correct, everything you listed would be applicable to the Delta. However, if you can swing the Delta you would probably be much happier in the long run.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#66 posted 12-23-2012 02:38 PM

Mike—Yup … I have the Delta 46-460 and the advice/accessories discussed in this thread would be applicable to it as well.

—Gerry

-- 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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#67 posted 12-23-2012 03:07 PM

Gerry: ”...There is an article in the current (December 2012, Vol 27, No 6) edition of the American Woodturner (AAW publication) that details converting a Harbor Freight belt sander into a sharpening system. The HF sander ( Combination 4” x 36” Belt/6” Disc Sander – Central Machinery – item #97181) is on sale at HF for $80. The author of the article says it can be done for less than $100….”

OK, the slippery slope is beginning. I just ordered this HF Belt sander on sale and using my 20% OFF coupon. Total charge is $76.13 delivered. The $7 shipping is less than half of the gas charge for driving to HF to pick up, so saved there as well!

Now to make the conversion when it arrives. That buffing wheel conversion will come in handy on my chisels and handplane blades as well. Until now, all of that was by hand.

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#68 posted 12-23-2012 05:41 PM

Mike—Keep us posted! I haven’t pulled the trigger (yet), but my latest 20% off coupon expires tomorrow.

I need to figure out a source for the 5/8” arbor.

—Gerry

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#69 posted 12-23-2012 05:51 PM

Yeah, THAT is why I decided to jump on it as well.

As far as the arbor, I have found these thus far in my search. BTW shipping costs more than the arbor ;-):

http://www.amazon.com/Eazypower-Adaptor-81042-Pulleys-Transmission/dp/B000BPOOII/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_1

http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Die-Casting-6066-Motor/dp/B000BQPHO2/ref=pd_cp_hi_3

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#70 posted 12-23-2012 06:27 PM

Gerry,
Got on Amazon and ordered the arbor, buffing wheel and polishing compound (and got FREE shipping). While not the cheapest , for each individual item, the savings from NO shipping charges more than made up the difference. Totaled out at $26.05 before my State’s sales tax.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQPHO2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RHB4/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DD35C/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02

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#71 posted 12-23-2012 06:47 PM

I’ve got one of those sanders. It’s good for small stuff. Don’t think it will spin fast enough for a buffer though.

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#72 posted 12-23-2012 07:01 PM

Russell,
I am thinking that if a 6in wheel runs too slow, then an 8in wheel will surely do the job. And you can get the 8in wheel for anywhere between $5—$15. I don’t think this will be a problem especially with that 3/4hp motor. Worse case might be forced to add a 1/4—1/2in shim below the entire unit for clearance, if needed.

FWIW, from the images in American Woodturner about this mod, I think an 8in buffing wheel may fit without any modifications. Good point about RPMs though. Thanks.

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#73 posted 12-27-2012 05:54 PM

Well I finally took the plunge! I watched used Lathes on CL for some time and decided on NEW. The Rikon 70-100 looks like a fine mini-lathe and I almost pulled the trigger on that, however seeing that the Delta has a 1hp motor that is variable speed and reversible, that pretty much ran away with the race. Looks like a 10-14 day wait for it to get here. Maybe that will give me enough time to get most of the repairs done on the Harley, from being rear-ended. Things are starting to look up, no cancer, insurance $$ to fix the bike, AND a new toy on the way! Cool!

I cannot thank you all enough, for the great and varied advice on everything from tools to buy and use, to the essence of what a lathe should have/be to begin with (obviously so that I won’t necessarily end up in the the upgrade cycle TOO quickly). THANKS TO YOU ALL!

8-)

Delta 46-460 WINS!
Beats the Rikon 70-100 by an additional half a Horse (power, that is)

Got what I feel is a great deal from Acme Tools in North Dakota:

  • Lathe w/Stand = $679.98
  • Lathe Extension = $125.00
  • Lathe Ext. Stand = $69.00
  • FREE Shipping
  • NO Sales Tax

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#74 posted 12-27-2012 07:01 PM

Mike—Congrats! You will not be sorry.

—Gerry

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#75 posted 12-27-2012 07:08 PM

Congrats and enjoy! I think in the long run you will be much happier with this lathe.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#76 posted 12-27-2012 07:49 PM

Mike happy turning. The Delta is a nice lathe.

-- mrg

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#77 posted 12-27-2012 07:52 PM

Congratulations Mike, have fun turning!

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#78 posted 12-27-2012 09:09 PM

Thanks guys. I am really looking forward to this addition to the shop.

FWIW, I am managing to pay for this by doing the Harley repair labor myself, the labor portion pays me to fix and then I still have enough for the parts and the fender paint job. Nothing like turning a lemon (getting rear-ended) into Lemonade 8-) At least it sure makes me feel better (less angry) about getting hit in the first place. And the back pain,... well… let’s just say that I’ll be alone in the shop where no one can hear me B&M-ing. In the long run I will be able to look back at this whole thing and smile. 8-)

And remember! NO Cancer diagnosed!

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#79 posted 12-27-2012 09:12 PM

congrat’s all the way around mike. I’m glad i came across this post. I am getting the itch to upgrade the old craftsman.

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#80 posted 12-27-2012 09:20 PM

Congrats Mike. I look forward to seeing your future projects. Also thanks for a great detailed post of your thought process along the way.

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#81 posted 12-27-2012 10:03 PM

Mike,
As I said previously in the post I have both the Delta and the Rikon….not that the Rikon is a bad lathe, because it is not, but the Delta really is far superior. You will not regret your decision. I have that very setup on my lathe…except I have added wheels to the whole thing. The bed extension is also a great place to attach things…the Rockler lathe tool table…the magnetic attachments for tools and spray cans, and a power strip. Even if you never turn anything that long it is still a great addition.

I am an avid Acme shopper, the guys there are all very good to me. I had a small problem with the tailstock originally, and they exchanged it immediately with one out of the box. When you get it, you might PM me and I will walk you through how to check to see if it is co-planar.

Now hang on, because the price of accessories will dwarf the cost of the machine, it will just be 100.00 at a time. Have fun!!

-- Mike

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#82 posted 12-27-2012 10:24 PM

Congrats Mike. My 46-460 is on the way as well. I got a G3D chuck to go with it and am skipping traditional tools and sharpening for the time-being. Went with the Sorby Turnmaster. I was originally contemplating Easy Wood Tools but the TM is more flexible it seems.

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#83 posted 12-27-2012 11:27 PM

”...Now hang on, because the price of accessories will dwarf the cost of the machine, it will just be 100.00 at a time….”

I think many of us call them Harley Dollars (high dollar) from another money hole hobby… ;-)

Anyways, as it stands at the moment, I think I will be starting with more inexpensive tools in order to hone my sharpening skills with the soon to be converted HF belt sander-to-sharpener. Of course all this gets scheduled around the upcoming bike fix. Oh, and I have a 7-drawer Shaker high chest completely built that is only lacking a final sand and Shellac, that is on hold as well. Hey, at least I now have an agenda. Much better than the past couple of months for sure. Somehow, this is much more comfortable than the past. I think my mitersaw is going to get booted to “mobile” status with the new lathe coming in. Ah… finally I have a crowded shop… :-)

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#84 posted 12-28-2012 03:28 AM

Check out the newest fine woodworking mag, the one with the bed on the cover, inside it goes over the basics of how to sharpen 4 of the chisels and a few other lathe tools.
Also nice looking buy, wish mine had an extra 1/2hp.

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#85 posted 01-05-2013 05:43 PM

While I am waiting on my new Delta Lathe, I have been busy paying for it by doing most of my Harley repairs myself so that I could use the insurance labor reimbursement (for my being rear-ended) to afford the new lathe. As you all recall, the accident was the other guy’s fault, so this is where I get to make lemonade out of lemons and get me a new WW toy 8-)

Psycho with a Grinder! ;-) Do notice the SHAKER chest in the background. This chest only needs a final sand and Shellac finishing to be completely done/built. I’m trying to get the Harley fixed and on the road again, before finishing my latest WW project. Almost there!

Makin’ sparks, BUT USING my WW workbench! I had to cut out the 4×5in slot for the relay box, since this is an after-market fender that covers a wide range of model years. HD quit making parts for this bike several years ago so I am forced into using this after-market stuff.

Test-fitting raw fender before sending off to painter. Want to make absolutely sure this thing fits BEFORE it gets its paint, for sure…

FINAL test-fit. AND LOOK! I used wooden dowels while test-fitting! Does THAT count as WW-ing? 8-)

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#86 posted 01-05-2013 05:51 PM

you won’t find those pictures in to many woodworking magazines Mike. Way to advance the cause!!

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#87 posted 01-06-2013 12:46 AM

Yeah Don, sometimes WW-ing takes the strangest turns… ;-)

But to be honest, this is what it takes for me to afford an new WW-ing toy. At least it is an honest path to WW-ing.

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#88 posted 01-08-2013 01:06 AM

Just got a shipping notice that my Delta 46-460 shipped today, 1/7/13, from ND. Looks like it is coming FedEx. As always, time to cross fingers and hope for smooth roads and competent drivers ;-). I am hoping that they will have me pick it up at the FedEx Terminal so the delivery ninja can’t beat it up on the last leg of the trip.

I also got my HD fender off to the painters this morning. Things are looking up. 8-)

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#89 posted 01-11-2013 12:58 PM

It’s HERE! I have not had a chance to set this thing up yet, just enough time to get it out of the box and do a visual inspection. No damage noted visually! Cool!

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#90 posted 01-11-2013 01:21 PM

Excellent! Look forward to seeing the setup and first uses. Enjoy!

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#91 posted 01-11-2013 01:55 PM

I’m a little envious Mike. Not so far as hoping that somebody rear ends me on my bike(its January in the NE, so that’s not going to happen anyhow), but still a little jealous.

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#92 posted 01-11-2013 09:39 PM

Yee Haw! It works! Knowing absolutely nothing about what turning tool does what, I picked up a 1in skew (the only one that I have cleaned and honed) and spent some time making a square piece scrap Ash round. Geez I was tense! Gritting my teeth and tensing my face and arms!...

}:^(

Anyways, I have started the process and we are off to the races. Someone needs to tell/advise me on technique and such. I don’t think the chips/dust I created looks like what I see of others and such. PLUS, need to know what speed for what diameter, wood, etc.

FWIW, I have the Benjamin’s Best HSS 8-Set and their 3-Set of Versa Chisels. Don’t know what is what, OR what does what. So advise is more than welcome! 8-)

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#93 posted 01-11-2013 11:19 PM

Mike … The fun is only starting.

Wait until the first time you are running at 4000rpm and get a catch with that skew … just make sure you have some clean tighty whities on hand!

If you haven’t already found him, Eddie Castelin ( http://www.eddiecastelin.com ) is a great resource. He has 100+ YouTube videos available, does a twice-weekly live podcast, and actually answers the phone if you call him.

—Gerry

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#94 posted 01-11-2013 11:29 PM

Yeah. Capneddie is a great source of information. How about some basic information on what tool to do what task and such? I am definitely ready to have some fun, for sure!

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#95 posted 01-12-2013 06:19 PM

HMike—
Glad to see you have put that motorcycle aside and are having some REAL fun now!!! Just kidding…what ever trips your trigger. The “skew” seem to be to be the hardest tool to get used to. It definitely is a “white-knuckler” when you start with it. It looks to me as your tool is too low to use a shew correctly. Try going to you tube, as I recall there is a number of good videos. I elected to buy a bunch of videos, which working out well for about 50% of the dvds. There are a number of videos just about using a skew.

When using a skew the tool must ride on top of the piece and only using the botom half of the cutting portion of the tool….you’ll get it. At first maybe try a gouge to round off. You are approaching this correctly…don’t make anything yet except wood chips. This is pretty much unlike anything you have done in woodworking so far.

If you intend on putting the whole thing on wheels it works well, but requires some modifications. I am only 5-8 so it ends up too tall for me with 2.5” wheels. As you can see it is difficult to move around now. If you intend on getting the extension for the stand and lathe, maybe wait until then.
Have fun…..
Mike

-- Mike

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#96 posted 01-12-2013 07:07 PM

CONGRATS! Mine arrived as well and i can definitely relate to the TENSION.

moke – I’m also around 5-8 and was planning to use Footmaster leveling casters under this thing (with ext. and stand ext.). Seems I’ll need to cut an inch or two off the top of the stand legs? Any tips?

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#97 posted 01-12-2013 07:34 PM

Well hey guys, we are all in the same ballpark as I am 5’ 9” and I have the lathe in the “center” height position because I wasn’t sure where to start.

I also would like any links and recommendations for casters. FWIW, my lathe legs do NOT splay )-( like the older ones, but are still T’d at the bottom so the lathe set like this |—|. I surely do NOT want some mobile base frame tripping me, so I am assuming where the bottom foot pads are can be tapped or something?

WOW! I just checked out a youtube video on how-to-use a skew chisel and YEP, I was NOT doing it correctly at all! Time to regroup here. Glad I did not get hurt doing it the way I was attempting.

Today I am planning on finishing up my belt-sander conversion to belt sharpening system. Gerry and I are each doing this conversion and it looks like a winner. Will keep ya’ll posted. I finally have stuff to get done in the shop!... Gone for a bit.

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

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#98 posted 01-12-2013 08:52 PM

Hi Mike! I’ve been followiing this thread since the beginning. I think you’ve just got yourself a great lathe. I’ve turned on one at a friends shop and it seems to be a darn good lathe. As for the rest, I would suggest going to the AAW website, https://www.woodturner.org before you do anything else and search for a local woodturning club. I know Texas is full of turning clubs. Find the club closest to you, get hold of them, attend a meeting and you’ll find all the free advice and help you’ll ever need. If that turning club is anything like the Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association that I belong to, and I believe they will be, there will not be a shortage of folks willing to help you out. Joining the COWA is the best thing I’ve ever done as far as turning. I’ve attended the SWAT Symposium (Southwest Association of Turners) in Waco the past two years and have met a bunch of Texas turners. Many of the members of my club are good friends with many Texas turners and from what I’ve heard and seen myself you won’t regret getting in touch with your local turning club. That’s the best advice I can give you. Oh Yeah, welcome to the turning addiction.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#99 posted 01-12-2013 09:48 PM

Hmike,
Wow you are right, those are not the same leg configuration as mine, but that might be better. I stand off to the side sometimes and the splayed legs are kind of in the way, this way you could stratle the legs and be more comfortable. I was going to tell you about how to get casters but my info may be dated now, but on mine there is a nut spot welded/tacked on the inside of the leg. I figured out what size the nut was ….and called caster city and told him the size and reach….he found me the cheapest, best set for my scenerio. I had them in less than a week. I feel that my lathe is too tall for me. The casters while 2.5 inches raise the lathe 3 inches or so. The claim is the the tool rest should be at the crook of your arm. Mine is about 1.5” too tall, so I turn on two mats and it is sort of inconveniant. I have plans to chop off the top of the legs and drill a new hole and mount in lower, but if I upgrade and sell this thing that will limit who I can sell it to. So I have been hesitating.

Your sander/grinder should work well, but sometimes until you figure things out there is always the old water stone….I used that for a long time at first. I even have used sandpaper nmounted on a ganite piece with good success on skews too….

As far as using a skew wrong, believe me that is some of the least of the stuff I did wrong!!!

Darell—They call your turner group SWAT?...in WACO? Really? lol
Mike

-- Mike

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#100 posted 01-12-2013 10:03 PM

I failed to mention, the next thing you should do is put a spur drive in the head stock and the live center in the tail stock, and push them together to see if the points line up perfectly. This is called checking for co-planar. You will note there is some “play” in the tailstock, from side to side. That play is common in a wood lathe, but not “up and down”.
I have to push on my tailstock so it is all the way on the back side of the ways (rails). And then I am perfectly co-planar. This is really only realavant if you are turning small items (pens) or using some sort of a mandrel. Try that and see how it is….
Mike

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