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    Delta Double Duty Lathe

    I inherited a Delta Double Duty lathe from my step father. Although I'm proficient with a number of bench tools, I must have been behind the door when my grandfather and father, both gun smiths, and my step father, a wood turner, used various lathes. Anyway, I believe I have all of the parts and then some more and just want to do some simple turning to begin. I build and make split bamboo fly rods. I turn all of my cork grips on a mandrel, using a makeshift power drill set up. However, I want to turn my own hardwood reel seats and be able to turn down the rod piece ends to receive the nickel-silver ferrules.
    As I said, I've never used a real lathe. Can anybody recommend a "Lathed 101" book and is anyone aware of where I might be able to get an owners manual for this vintage tool?

    Thanks very much. I'm brand new to this forum.

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I can't recommend any books, but welcome to the family Greg!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    welcome greg and try search on google for manual, they are sure to be out there somewhere, and try the OVMF forum,, might have the name wrong its a old vintage machine forum
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    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have:

    Woodturning A foundation course - Keith Rowly
    The Fundamentals of Woodturning - Mike Darlow
    Complete Illustrated guide to Turning - Richard Raffan
    Learn to Turn - Barry Gross

    I haven't read them cover to cover but all of them have very useful information.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    Look for the model 930 lathe I am not sure of they have the same manual they made a steel bed lathe as well as the cast iron one.

    Here you go, this is for the cast iron bed lathe.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    I checked your link and it looks like the beds are the only major difference between steel and cast iron models. I have a steel bed DDL 930 to be restored (after having a hard life) and the PDF manual will help the OP and me as well. Thanks. Aloha, Tony
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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Welcome to the addiction, Greg.
    Look for a local woodturning club. There are many all over the country. Where do you live?
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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    Hey Tony

    Does your lathe look like this one. This is my lathe. Thanks for the info about the prefix letters of DDL then 930 I wasn't aware of the DDL prefix. I knew it was a double duty lathe. I cleaned the bearings & packed them with high temperature wheel bearing grease & have had no problems. No more oil to worry about.
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    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 06-01-2012 at 07:22 PM.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Tony, I took a course at Lee Valley. The books and videos around seem to be scant on little details like how you position yourself and your lathe tool to begin a cut, what chisel to use, and other very basic stuff without which it's hard to get started. Next best idea (maybe better) is to find a woodturner who has a little time to spare. You can learn the basics in about eight hours, and then go to town reducing wood to shavings as you try stuff out and learn. You can probably find a woodturner at a local woodturning club, if there is one near you.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    Welcome to this wonderful bunch of helpful, knowledgeable, sometimes nutty people. You will love it here.

    My first book choice:

    Woodturning A Foundation Course. It is by Keith Rowley.
    It is truly "A Foundation Course." It takes you from zero to being a decent turner.
    It is by "Guild of Master Craftsman Publications." It is also nice in that it is not expensive. I have the paper back book. The book is well made so that you can keep going through it without wearing it out.
    It explains the turning type of turning tools and sharpening the tools. He discusses the wood itself in relation to turning. His six "Laws of Woodturning" will keep you out of trouble (just the part about how the metal meets the wood is worth the price of the book) because it will keep you out of serious trouble. The foregoing is only the beginning of the book. I highly recommend purchasing it!!!

    When you are ready for a second book; Richard Raffin's "Complete Guide to Turning" is a good book. He does not start with the really foundation stuff, that is why I said the second book.

    Actually, my second book would NOT be a book; it would be a DVD by Raffin. "Wood Turning" is its name. On this DVD he has an entire "Chapter" on how to hold the turning tools and how to stand. He shows this with a fair amount of detail. It is excellent. However, I would do the Foundation book first. You will get a lot more bang for your buck. Some of the DVD Chapters are: Centerwork Stance and Movement, Centerwork Gouge Exercises, Centerwork Skew Exercises, Facework Stance and Movement, Facework Exercises, etc.

    Watching how he holds a tool and how he moves shows up tremendously better on a DVD than pics in a book.

    There are 14 "Chapters."

    In my opinion:
    Popular Mechanics "Lathe Fundamentals---The Complete Guide" is "so-so." I could have easily lived without it.
    "Ellsworth on Turning" is definitely not what you want now. It is a good book, but not 'till you have some skill. It is another book I could have lived without---even though it is a good book.
    Richard Raffin's book, "Turning Wood" is a good companion to the DVD of the same name. It goes well with the DVD. However, if I was only going to purchase one, I would get the DVD.

    Change of Subject:

    The Harbor Freight Turning Tool Set ($85 when I purchased it) has High Speed Steel. The tools stay sharp for quite a while. They give you inexpensive tools to learn your sharpening on. They work quite well. I have modified a couple of them to be a different tool (again, inexpensive learning). Yes, I have some $100 and $150 (each) lathe tools and I love them. However, in the beginning I would not have done any better with them than the HF. AND I would not have had the nerve to try different sharpening methods nor would I have felt free to turn one kind of a tool into another with a grinder because of the price. The HF set will probably be better than you will be for a year or two; depending on how much turning you will do.

    I still use a HF tool sometimes; especially the modified tools. I would not feel tremendously handicapped if all of my tools were HF.

    I have a Jet Slow Speed Wet Sharpening system. I have spoken with close to a dozen people who prefer it to the much more expensive Tormek System. I have the Jet and I am glad that I have it. However, if I knew then, what I know now, I would not purchase a Jet or a Tormek. I made a very simple Wolverine system. With that and a 1725 RPM grinder with some good stones (wheels) you can do a heck of a good woodturning tool sharpening.

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    Any questions PM me.


    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 06-02-2012 at 05:16 AM.
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