Anyone know a source for small (say 6 mm id) AC bearings. Was set to go the 8mm ballscrew route, but sourcing parts and also having to deal with machining the ballscrew won't be the easiest. May have to go the ballscrew sticking out the back way. I can use a larger screw and mount the bearing on the back of the cross slide.
Also considering getting rid of the compound as it won't be needed after the conversion. If I replace the compound with a riser block, I might even be able to extend it and hang the ballnut off it. But that would mean having the ballscrew sticking out the front side of the lathe. More things to ponder