I think I had a bout of temporary insanity today.
I've been doing less woodworking and more woodturning lately, and I suspect
that ratio is going to continue if not grow even larger. Since I have a very
small shop, I had decided to get rid of my large tablesaw and replace it with
a top end benchtop. Something like the Bosch or the Porter-Cable.
So what did I do? I bought a used Delta at an estate sale today for $30.
Before you start congratulating me on a gloat, let me point out that the saw,
as best as I can tell, was made between 1935 and 1946. It's so old the table
tilts instead of the blade, and the motor is humungous for a 3/4 horsepower
which I understand is what it is.
It's more than a little rusty, but mostly surface rust. All the parts appear
to be there and it even runs. At least it runs if I hold down the start
button, it appears a little work may be in order there.
I even found a parts breakdown for it but it's dated 1985 and even then Delta
marked a lot of parts as unobtainable. The document says it's either an
1160, a 34-305, or a 34-307.
So as time permits I'll restore it. I'll post a picture on abpw when I'm
done. By then I should have recovered my sanity :-).
It's OK, Larry... really. Join us on the dark side of woodworking
In a more completely serious vein, I was really sick of woodworking
(my business!) until I started turning again about 10 years ago. It
made me appreciate the value of woodworking and why I started doing it
for a living a million years ago.
And woodturners are a different lot. Join your local turning club and
if it is a good one, you will see >exactly< what I mean. I think
woodturners enjoy talking about their goof ups as much as they do
In my experience, it isn't nearly as stoic or serious a group as the
folks that seem to populate other aspects of woodworking.
Nonetheless, just as talented.
Turners are the anarchists of woodworking. There's a million
and one ways to do just about anything and twenty different
gouges/chisels/special tools to do it with. You can work green
or work dry, make any damn shape you like in just about any
size and people will still go semi-nuts over it. You can turn
little (doll house vases, bowls, plates etc.) or BIG 3 foot diameter
stuff that starts out as a 500 pound chunk of wood. You can
turn symetric or really weird (google Escoulen). You can burn
the wood, grind on it, gouge it up, paint it, inlay it, hell, you
can gold leaf it. You can take scraps of wood, glue them together
and turn that. Few other forms of woodworking can start
with a piece of fire wood and turn it into a thing of beauty.
HOWEVER - the cost of turning only starts with the lathe.
There are chucks, drive centers, dead centers, live centers
stebb centers, tool rests in more shapes and configurations
than you can shake a stick at. Then there's the $200 - $1000
worth of gouges and chisels, another $200-$1000 in sharpening
stuff - and the list goes on and on and on and on . . .
THE LATHE is a hole in the corner of the shop that you throw
money into. They should GIVE you the lathe because they
know they'll make a small fortune on all the stuff you'll buy
Ya'll are in a heap of trouble now.
to do just about anything and twenty >different gouges/chisels/special tools to
do it with. You >can work green or work dry, make any damn shape you >like in
just about any size
*SNIP* of some ugly truths
As usual, well said charlie.
Especially the cost part.
*snip: Stuff we all know to be true about turning*
Would you believe I just spent $50 on a grinder so I can make and
maintain tools for a $20 toy lathe? (Tools with other purposes don't
count right? I can "hide" the cost of the safety goggles and dust mask,
and power supply, right?) Oh yeah, there's also the $7 on a
dovetail/thin type saw so I can cut the dowel rods apart smoothly.
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
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