I want the sindle to be belt driven on timing pulleys I believe. I guess I can purchase the mini lathe head stock assembly and gut the insides and then add a timing pully, would this work, is there a better way? also was thing of upgrading to the tapered roller bearings off the rip.
if anyone has a perfered setup feel free to post, Im still in the idea stage so lots of examples are desired.
Another topic that will most likely open up a can of worms here...Building material.
I have read all the debates on Steel VS. Cast Iron VS. Aluminum... I was leaning towards 3/4" to 1" thick aluminum slabs for the "bed" and most of the support structure. I was thinking of a common slab 1" thick for the head stock and linear rails to all bolt to. Cut out a channel between the Z rails to form a coolant chute, then take 4 slabs of ~3/4" AL and construct a box 6-8" high to mount to the bottom and form a base. I would also add ribbing as needed of course.
again, Ideas, comments, suggestions and flames welcome.