He did a great job of making his lathe I read about it some time ago. At one time I was thinking about making one. Several wood turners pointed out that there are times when you may need to mount the blank between centers to make it safe to turn. So having a regular lathe has it's advantages.
Have you considered purchasing a lathe? I know your looking at cost but your time is worth at least $20-$30 an hour. It doesn't take long for those hours to add up.
I am planning on purchasing one of the Grizzly lathes either the G0733 or the G0766. I have 5 Grizzly machines & have received good service from them.
"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