I finally got around to purchasing a replacement lathe. My old lathe was just too big for my little shop. I attempted to make a lathe out of various bits and pieces, and even turned a couple items with the lathe, but holding the work was sketchy at best.
The new lathe is smaller, a 10 x 18 1/2 hp lathe from Harbor Freight. Considering the source, it is actually pretty nice.
When I got it home, I unpacked it right away and turned it on and investigated to make sure it would suit my purposes.
In order to get it off my workbench, I made a quick stand out of a couple lengths of 2 x 10 by cutting ‘finger joints’ by a combination of scroll saw, band saw, jigsaw and chiseling. Still yet to create/design are shelves or drawers to hold the supplies.
I turned a top (of course) and a couple flat bowls just to investigate how it works.