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Billy B

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  1. I have a little bit of experience turning on some old Delta lathes that look like that one. It's basically a lightweight spindle lathe made for hobby woodworkers. Some people are seriously into restoring old machines so that they can show them off to others who are also seriously into that activity ... it's not too different than ... say woodturners showing each other what they made from a half rotted piece of old wood fished out of a culvert. I probably wouldn't mind restoring a machine that was a rare classic of some value, but those old Delta lathes were just low cost lathes and you can find them in flea markets everywhere.
  2. That's almost, but not quite it. This is a drive center that goes in the headstock and I believe that we want the same type of cup and point on a live center. The Robust live center has a center point that can be set to any desired position. Most other live centers do not have that feature.
  3. The trouble with restoring or modding is that it will quickly become your new hobby that replaces actually using the machine to turn something. It might be justifiable if the lathe was actually deserving to be modded, but the 1440 is just a cheap lathe that's marginally satisfactory when it works and a big aggravation when it doesn't.
  4. Gentle Reader, Just to show your wife that you are a sensitive caring kind of guy it would only be the right thing to do if you told her that you will miss her a bit, but the enjoyment of your fancy new lathe gives you comfort that you made the right decision. My first lathe was the Delta 1440 Boat Anchor so I am well aware of the grief that it is giving you. For some reason I still have it ... a true shop queen if ever there was one ... it just sits there taking up space and not doing any useful work. The pulleys are made of die cast zinc and that is the reason that they are so prone to failing. I have a big box full of worn out and broken pulleys: worn key-ways, cracked at the hub, cracked at the rim, and badly warped. On the positive side, I became very adept at disassembling, repairing, and reassembling that mechanical malfeasance. I was on a serious mission to turn my sow's ear into a silk purse, but after a while I could see that the cost was going to be a sizeable portion of what I had originally paid for the lathe (a little less than seven hundred dollars back in 2004). My compassionate wife could feel my pain so she said, "Why don't you just get a Robust American Beauty lathe?" I almost got whiplash from grabbing the phone and dialing Brent English, AKA Mr. Robust. And, before you ask, you can't borrow her to approve your upcoming lathe purchase. Try a new approach ... tell your kind loving wife that you are suffering greatly at the hand a Devil inspired torture machine masquerading as a woodturning lathe and for your physical and emotional well being you need a _________(fill in blank)_______ therapeutic device (meaning a device that spins wood reliably). Glad to be of service, Bill Boehme
  5. My latest woven basket illusion, a ceremonial basket design that I call Navajo Rain Cross. The cross symbol can also be found on Navajo rugs and pottery and is often used to represent Spider Woman, the first Navajo deity. The basket is twelve inches in diameter and the wood is maple. Beading, pyrography and ink were used to create the basket illusion. It was donated to the SWAT 2019 Symposium and selected as an auction item.
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    Oak and Dye

    The stain really makes,the medullary rays pop. It almost looks like a globe.
  7. That was my initial reaction, but then I figured that your church members are more generous than most.
  8. I agree with Gerald about power washing, but usually just a high pressure nozzle on a garden hose will do the trick. The below ground root ball is well worth using and has the most amazing grain that you will ever find. Be careful when turning because what you think is one solid piece could be separate interlocking pieces and at some point you will make the critical cut that allows the two or more pieces to separate from one another. So make frequent stops to carefully examine the piece for integrity. Also, listen very carefully for "funny" sounds. Don't ignore any change in sound ... the wood is talking to you ... if you aren't listening it might smack you upside the head to gain your undivided attention.
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    Thanks, Gerald. I remember he posted quite a bit on the Wood Magazine forum until they shut it down.
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    Nice work, Gerald. Who was the guy on Wood Online who was really big into the Ringmaster?
  11. I'm the other guy they chase in the opposite direction. Here is what the bottom looks like.
  12. I turned a similar wedding basket illusïon a couple years ago as an auction item for my turning club. This one is somewhat smaller at only 12½ inches in diameter. This one will be in the SWAT 2-for-1 drawing next month. The wood is maple and if my memory is correct it has 58 rows of ⅛ inch beads. I used pyrography to create the illusion of a coiled basket and then used Copic ink pens to color the design.
  13. It might hold because the smaller washers don't carry any load. They are there just to keeps the disk centered between the ways.
  14. Sometimes chicken, sometimes feathers.
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