The Delta 1460 Wood Lathe was offered by Delta in two models; a 4-speed version for wood turning and a 16-speed version for wood and light metal work. Finally, although perhaps the Driver is different, my old WT has a unique 1 x 12 head thread, finer than what Delta and other wood lathes use, and thus it is very difficult to find any screw-in accessories, such as chucks, to fit it. Mine fortunately came with a couple of face plates, but in the 40-plus years I’ve had it, I’ve never seen any other face plates or chucks to fit it.
Realizing that this is a mid-sized, relatively inexpensive lathe, I keep my grandiose ideas in check when searching for turning lumber, but its mostly impossible to mount an irregular shaped or out of balance blank if it has any heft or size to it. I seem to be gravitating towards turning irregular and odd shaped designs, so this lathe is going to wear out its welcome pretty quickly in my home.
A woodworking lathe depends a lot on the skill of the individual wood turner, as they are essentially carving the spindle, with the lathe only rotating the work piece to allow the cutting action to happen evenly all around the circumference of it. Cutting is accomplished with a series of hand-held chisels, with only a tool rest to reduce the amount of strain on the woodworker’s hands.
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The cost of the pulley was #136.00 pluis tax and shipping, but since my lathe was useless without it, I felt it was worthwhile. Manufacturer Selection Delta Pick a Category below, or Scan the Listed Manuals at the bottom of the page, or use the Search Form. The average woodworker doesn’t buy a lathe, unless they are serious about getting into turning wood. Sanding a turned piece with the grain causes the wood fibers to lay down and remain rough. Truthfully, you’ll spend (waste) more money on a conversion than for a honest metal lathe.