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I have been watching all the great turning projects members have submitted with interest. The "Turning for the Troops" pen project got my wife interested in turning and I am pleased to announce that our joint Christmas present is a Delta midi lathe. I have an old Wholesale Tool wood lathe from 1969 that I had acquired in a trade and had been collecting dust on a table. This lathe has a very unusual shaft with a 3/4"-10 thread and very long centering point for the drive. Thanks to my friends at Stirnemann Tool in Clawson, MI I now have a custom adaptor allowing me to use #2 MT spindles with this beastie. I have been quietly accumulating pen kits, ornament kits and other items for a few weeks. Today is the day I finally start turning. I will post photo's of the machines and results asap.

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That midi is a nice lathe, basically identical to the PSI lathe and the Jet mini as well. I believe they are made from the same castings. Bernie had the Delta as his first lathe and turned bowls and what not on it and has now turned it over to his nephew and he has used the heck out of it. Nice pick up, looking forward to seeing some of your projects.

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Congrats on the new Christmas present. You are going to like it. I had one for a year I bought used off ebay. My nephew fell in love with turning when he came to my house to turn with me. So last Christmas I made it a present to him. He has made about a 200 pens and what not that he gives away to his friends and his professors at the college. Good lathe. Have fun.

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Okay that was at almost 1pm where are the pics of the pens.

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ROFLOL. Glenmore that was a good one.

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Congrats on the "JOINT" Christmas present Mike. BUT will the SWMBO let you use the lathe now that she has a DELTA?




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Sure Dave, as soon as I get a second pen mandrel. As a side note I wanted to mention something I forgot about in my first post. As you all know I just love hunting for and finding deals. I got my Delta for $199 locally.

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Hmm all talk and not a pic of a pen yet. Well we are waiting look at Harry go he can't keep enough kits around now. I am a equal oppertunist on pushing up and coming pen turners.

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Glenmore, as I mentioned in another thread after running my kerosene heater for 5 hours my garage was a balmy 40 F and not suitable to work in. I hooked up the 100K BTU propane torpedo heater and am ready to make the chips fly. Photos will be up asap.

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