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So I went to an auction this morning and I won the bid on this lathe. It's a Delta 46-700 with 8 turning chisels. I got it for $50.
I know it's not the greatest lathe, but I couldn't pass it up at that price.

Has a little surface rust on the bed, but it's in good shape. I'll clean it up and post it.


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So stay tuned for noobie questions later on when i start turning.
 

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A big WOOHOO Dominick, well done. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

A great deal on the lathe. A good lathe for you to begin turning.

I am really eager to see your first turning pictures.

Welcome to the vortex. :laughing:
 

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Thanks Dave, but I don't want you to get your hopes up on some beautiful turnings at this point, but I did try it out.
The tools need to be sharpened a bit.
Here's what I tried.

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You like? Laughing!!!!!
I'm striping it down to clean off the surface rust then sharpen the tools.
I'm pretty excited about it so far. A little intimidated but confident.
Thanks for looking.
 

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Thanks Robert.
With a little of elbow grease,wet sanded she's already looking better.


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Welcome to the turning vortex, it's all over now! Put that lathe on a sturdy base and it'll do you well for a long time.

Btw, I'm drooling over that stack of lumber in the background ;-)
 

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Thanks Dave, but I don't want you to get your hopes up on some beautiful turnings at this point, but I did try it out.
The tools need to be sharpened a bit.
Here's what I tried.

You like? Laughing!!!!!
I'm striping it down to clean off the surface rust then sharpen the tools.
I'm pretty excited about it so far. A little intimidated but confident.
Thanks for looking.
Yes I do like. :thumbsup:

There are a number of threads on the forum about sharpening tools.

Gary Gardner has a terrific 6 segment series of videos on sharpening tools of various kinds. I highly recommend.

This is the first, you can navigate to the rest from here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ljhd_WbAOw

I do not see in the threads a discussion on WHEN to sharpen.

Once you become familiar with the tools you will know the difference in ease of cutting of a sharp tool vs a dull tool.

If you need to press hard, the tool is likely in need of sharpening.

If you should get shavings, but are getting more like dust, the tool is likely in need of sharpening.

I have never regretted sharpening a tool, but I have regretted going too long before sharpening.

In most cases sharpening is more like honing, just getting a new sharp edge, not really removing metal. Normally does not take long.

The tools you got with the lathe will likely benefit from at least honing. Some may need some metal to be removed.

Nice first turning Dominick. One of many I hope. :yes:

Nice looking bed now that you removed that superficial rust. Looks like new.
 

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Thanks for all the encouragement guys.
Just spending a couple hours cleaning it up and it's all pretty now.
I don't think the person used it that much.
I found a card with serial # and purchase date
December 1999.
Thanks for the link on sharpening Dave.

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Great eye at the auction! Really nice pickup.:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Believe the chisels you got are worth the price of the lathe.
Since others have suggestions, think I'll give 0.02: Get some 3/4 plywood and make a shelf to fit on the stand. When I did mine, I used self tapping screws to secure the wood to the frame--will increase stability--that's why I used thicker plywood. THEN I got bags of sand or pea gravel to put on the shelf, that 240 lbs or so makes a difference.

I look forward to seeing you in the swirls of the vortex.......:eek::laughing:
BTW, nice scenery in the background.

Dave H
 
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Dominick, you did a great job cleaning up that lathe, and made a great purchase! The tools look like a decent set, too. Much better than my first lathe. You will need a grinder, and I would suggest a sharpening jig set like the Wolverine set, unless you want to make one yourself. If you don't have a way of sharpening your tools, you are dead in the water.

That first turning is a good first try. The first piece I turned looked like the dog had chewed it!

Congratulatulations! :D
 

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Congratulations on your new lathe. I am also just getting started. My new lathe is being delivered today (I hope).

Hoping my the first piece I turn looks as good as yours.
Good luck to you.
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WOW! What a steal. You didn't even have to wear a mask.:laughing: As mentioned before the chisels are worth 50 bucks. Your clean up job looks great. Enjoy and post your projects often.
 

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Dominick, consider making a steady rest to help with future projects.

This is a very handy jig. Good to make one before you need it.

I use this for drilling into the ends of the wood on the lathe. Too easy for the wood to wander slightly when being drilled if not supported. I am not sure if you saw this build thread since you did not have a lathe at the time.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/making-lathe-steady-rest-43902/
 

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Let's see...........new chuck, 60 degree live center, drill chuck, a face plate or 2, sharpening equipment, second mortgage.......:laughing:
You're sunk.
Great buy.
Bill
 

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I have that exact same set of Buck turning tools and they've served me well for nearly 20 years. Congrats on a great find.
 
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